Kayaking & Canoeing
Harmony Islands Marine Provincial Park (Albert Normandin photo)
Ocean kayaking, lake paddling, whitewater kayaking... for kayak and canoe enthusiasts, British Columbia’s spectacularly scenic regions offer adventures for all skill levels.
BC is one of the world's premier ocean kayaking destinations, thanks to its jagged coastline and many islands, inlets, and coves. Kayakers enjoy easy-to-challenging waters and myriad wildlife viewing opportunities. Orcas, as well as grey and humpback whales, are commonly seen during their migration seasons. Watch for marine birds, seals, otters and porpoises too.
Launch from Deep Cove or False Creek near Vancouver’s urban environment, or kayak through the isolated Broken Group Islands off Vancouver Island’s west coast.
Prefer canoeing? Head to the renowned Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. Or try the Thompson Okanagan’s Wells Gray Provincial Park, laden with gorgeous waterfalls, and home to Murtle Lake, which boasts 100km/62mi of shoreline.
Meanwhile, whitewater kayakers flock to the legendary Stikine River in Northern BC and the Sunshine Coast’s Skookumchuck Narrows.
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1596 Johnston St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sightseeing for your taste buds! Edible Canada (formerly Edible British Columbia) is located across from Vancouver's Granville Island Public Market. We are Canada's largest culinary tourism & locavore retail company, dedicated to sourcing the highest quality culinary products from coast to coast for our customers. Services include our retail & online artisan food store, guided Granville Island Market & Chinatown Tours, demonstration guest chef Market Dinners, Gourmet Kayaking Weekends & popular Amuse Bouche newsletter & blog. In Summer 2011 we opened Edible Canada at the Market - a vibrant bistro in the heart of Granville Island & at the forefront of Canadian cuisine.
12 Erie Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops & eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Wander down the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, see moored pleasure vessels & float homes & watch as fishing vessels unload their wares. Visit businesses at Fisherman's Wharf: Restaurant & Seafood Sales, Barb's Fish & Chips, The Fish Store & More, Grilligans BBQ, Jackson's Ice Cream, Hi Gear Crab Sales, Moka House Coffee & Bistro, Marine Adventures, Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, Kelp Reef Kayaking, Pirate Adventures & don't forget Sammy the seal!
101 Golden Donald Upper Rd
Golden, British Columbia
A thrilling paddling adventure down the Kicking Horse & Beaver Rivers. This tour is available for either Stand Up Paddle Board or Inflatable Kayak option. We travel the stunning Beaver & Kicking Horse Rivers. Highlights include paddling to the base of Wapta Falls, one of the Rockies most photographed waterfall's. From the Falls we kayak as a group down the upper reaches of the Kicking Horse River, navigating up to Class 2+ rapids with the help of our Inflatable Kayaks or Stand Up Paddle Boards designed for river use. Suitable for the adventurous.
2220 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve safeguards a portion of British Columbia's beautiful southern Gulf Islands. Established in 2003, park lands are dotted throughout numerous islands, islets & reefs. Enjoy kayaking, boating,camping, hiking, walking along the beaches or trails, picnicking or geocaching. Take in an interpretive program (free & fun) - check the website for more details.
Haida Heritage Centre
Skidegate, British Columbia
Explore the edge of the world. In the southern portion of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) lies Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site, a wild & remote place of haunting beauty. Reservations required May 1-Sep 30.
5655 Hwy 23
Nakusp, British Columbia
For more than a century, people have been drawn to the natural healing waters of Halcyon Hot Springs. Located on the shores of the Arrow Lake between Revelstoke & Nakusp, Halcyon Hot Springs Village & Spa is a wonderful escape from the hustle & bustle of city life.
The famous Halcyon Hot Springs Lithia Waters have a unique combination of minerals that are very relaxing & beneficial for a variety of ailments. The cascading pools are constantly supplied with fresh hot springs water. Swirl away tensions in our natural mineral spring pools while gazing over serene Arrow Lake & the Monashee Mountain range.
Enjoy the amenities of Halcyon Village & Spa, pools, great food at the restaurant, comfortable accommodation, RV parking & lake shore.
Cortes Island, British Columbia
For more than three decades, Hollyhock has offered guests an experience that sends them home transformed & inspired to engage in making the world better. Hollyhock is a non-profit centre offering cutting-edge programs with world-class instructors, a gathering place for pursuit of advanced knowledge & deep insights & the perfect place to "just be" amidst the kind of breathtaking island beauty that makes you remember why it's good to be alive. Yoga classes, bodywork sessions, kayak trips, forest hikes & amazing organic, gourmet meals await you. Guests are also welcome to visit without taking a program. Group bookings are also welcomed.
73 Old North Thompson Hwy
Clearwater, British Columbia
IWE offers one of BC's premier whitewater rafting adventures. Set amongst the serene & untouched beauty of BC, IWE offers exclusive access to one of the Pacific Northwest's last big volume, free flowing river systems. Clearwater River both rips & meanders through spectacular Wells Gray Provincial Park, allowing us to offer trips to suit every desire. Raft some of BC's biggest whitewater; enjoy back-country waterfalls, lava canyons & sandy beaches. Check out our interactive virtual tour on our website.
In 2012 IWE was chosen by Tourism Canada to be part of their "Signature Experience Collection" of companies that offer domestic and foreign tourists a once in a lifetime trip opportunity while in Canada. One of only two rafting companies to make it into this prestigious group of companies.
4983 Hwy 93
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
The originals since 1976! Kootenay River Runners has been introducing adventurous travellers to the delights of river rafting in British Columbia. We've guided thousands down the Kicking Horse River, Kootenay, Columbia Rivers & Toby Creek. These rivers carve their way through some of the most impressive mountain landscapes in the Canadian Rockies. Whether your interests are challenging white water, wilderness & family rafting, or Voyageur Canoe Trips, each river offers a unique experience. Based in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, we also have facilities on the Kicking Horse River & Toby Creek. All trips are an easy drive from Calgary, Lake Louise, Golden, Fairmont Hot Springs, Panorama & Radium Hot Springs.
1251 Cardero St
Vancouver, British Columbia
During the summer, Lotus Land Tours offers unique nature day tours around Vancouver with hotel pick-up. Popular are our Vancouver Kayak & Beach Barbecue in Indian Arm & our Whistler River Rafting adventure. See Grizzly bears on Grouse Mountain & cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge or watch whales with us on the way to Victoria where you see the magnificent Butchart Gardens. For details & more tours visit our website.
Knowledgeable guides accompany you always, ensure your safety & explain the sights. All our trips are family friendly & do not require experience or fitness & you don't have to be able to swim on our water trips. We have never lost anyone overboard on our kayak trip & the oldest paddler was 92 years old!