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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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!
Natural West Coast Adventures offers kayak fishing tours & instruction for both fresh & salt waters species. Our kayak fishing courses are designed for the novice to experience angler & take place in beautiful White Rock, BC where you can learn the fundamentals of fishing & paddling.
For those seeking further adventure & sport fishing opportunities we offer guided kayak fishing tours for both fresh & salt water species on BC's Sunshine Coast. Our base operation is located in scenic Garden Bay, British Columbia where there is easy access to lake & the ocean angling.
NWCA will provide all the gear & equipment needed. We offer small group tours for cutthroat trout, salmon, ling cod, rock cod, green ling & other ground fish species.
Come out for a relaxing day of kayak fishing!
701 Lakeside Dr
Nelson, British Columbia
June 1 to mid-July, join us for an incredible whitewater experience on the Salmo River. Class 3 and 4 Rapids and stunning scenery await you.
June 1 through September 1, your friends and family will enjoy the warm waters and beautiful scenery of the Slocan River. This trip starts with a relaxing float and finishes with fun and exciting grade 2 and 3 rapids.
We also offer a gentle float.
Transportation is provided to and from Nelson on our Funky and Retro outfitted bus 'The Woody'. Photo service is offered, so you can show everyone you did it!
RENTALS: Rent stand up paddle boards and kayaks from our office at the Prestige Lakeside Resort marina right on Kootenay Lake!
Mile 462 Alaska Hwy
Muncho Lake, British Columbia
Enjoy world-class fishing in the unspoiled wilderness of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Fly-out daily from our comfortable lodge & choose from over 70 pristine remote lakes & streams. Fly-fish or spin cast in BC's Arctic & Pacific watersheds for rainbow Trout, walleye, arctic grayling, northern pike, lake trout & dolly varden. Longing for tranquillity on your very own remote mountain lake? Let us fly you to an outpost cabin in the heart of the Muskwa-Kechika, also known as the Serengeti of the North. You will experience incredible fishing & wildlife viewing. Packages include flight from Vancouver. Drive safe on your travel!
51 Wharf St
Tofino, British Columbia
We are committed to preserving the ecological value & timeless wonder of Clayoquot Sound. We strive to help visitors appreciate the coastal environment through fun, educational outings. Our programs emphasize the many connections between forest & ocean ecosystems.
Whether whale watching, bear watching, dipping into Hot Springs Cove or sea kayaking to a rainforest trail, people of all ages have enjoyed our excursions since 1986.
We launch out of Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach & Pacific Rim National Park. Tofino is part of Clayoquot Sound, a temperate rainforest area of beaches & fjord inlets.