Surfing & Watersports
Surfing near Tofino (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Surfing in British Columbia takes place on the west coast of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands in Northern BC.
British Columbia has earned international acclaim as a top surfing destination. Tofino on Vancouver Island was named “Best Surf Town in North America” by Outside Magazine (2010), was host of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic (2009, 2010), and has been praised in publications such as Surfer Magazine and SBC Surf.
Discover popular surf spots (many in pristine parks) near Tofino and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island and Masset on Haida Gwaii. Surf shops offer rentals and provide instruction for all ages and levels of expertise.
BC surf spots may not boast tropical climates, but wetsuits take the chill out of cold water surfing. Rugged wilderness and great amenities (such as local food and oceanside accommodation) make British Columbia a one-of-a-kind surf destination.
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13908 Kalamalka Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
BC's first dedicated standup paddleboard shop located across from Kalamalka Lake Beach where we stock the widest range of standup paddleboards for sale. You can also rent a board to enjoy on the beach, take away to your cottage or wherever you call home in the Okanagan.
In addition to daily SUP rentals, Kalavida offers a full range of paddles and accessories for sale along with surf clothing, flip flops, tiki bits and souvenirs. It's a little piece of Hawaii right here in the North Okanagan. Come see our shop and make it a day trip!
430 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
Offering an unforgettable experience since 1998.
To get full satisfaction in anything, you need knowledge and opportunity. Here at Pacific Surf School, we give you both so you will be up & riding the waves faster than you ever imagined. Voted #1 Surf School in Tofino (2009-2011), & Top 10 Surf Schools in the World (National Geographic, 2012); where else would you want to learn?
Here's how we make it easy: year round group, family, & private lessons; all lessons are 3 hours & include all necessary gear; 5:1 student to instructor ratio; bike & surf rentals; roof racks included with all surf board rentals.
176 Robinson Ave
Naramata, British Columbia
Sun n' Sup in Naramata offers stand up paddle board sales with an extensive inventory of quality SUP's. We also offer board repairs, demos, lessons, rentals & guided SUP tours. Weekly SUP down winder shuttle departing Naramata & area. Entry level kayaks, beach cruiser bikes & mountain bike rentals are available on a limited basis.
Get on board with Sun n' Sup and come book your group, ladies only, kids' SUP parties, corporate team building event now.
625 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
Learn to surf with Tofino's most established & longest running surf school. All experienced, friendly instructors are BCASI certified. Lessons are 2-3 hrs, all gear provided & great for all ages & abilities! See our website for additional camps & packages.
Comox Lake, British Columbia
Vancouver Island's premiere watersport destination offering: Wakesurfing, Wakeboarding, Wakeskating, Waterskiing, Tubing & banana boat rides. Our boat we use is the luxury Nautique Super Air 210 with lots of ballast & great wake. Come & try out North America's fastest growing watersport... Wakesurfing. We create & easy to surf, perfectly shaped wave that you can surf effortlessly all day.
It is easy to learn & progress with this sport & fun for the whole family. Bring your Ipod & pump your music as you surf like a pro with a boat full of friends & family
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Come paddle with us! The scenery is spectacular here with mountain vistas, majestic old growth rainforests, expansive wilderness & captivating wildlife. What better way to see all of this, than to kayak the shores of beautiful Vancouver Island. Adventuress offers wildlife tours, rentals & lessons. Choose from fun day tours, sunset paddles and full moon howls in Nanoose, Parksville & Qualicum Beach. Families welcome. Want to up your adventure quotient? Join us for our weekend getaways & exciting multi-day excursions in the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Johnstone Strait & Broken Group Islands. Check out our all-women trips; all women-all fun! Every day an adventure. Live fully. Let Adventuress Sea Kayaking take you on a trip of a lifetime. All tours come with a certified guide, kayak, gear and instruction.
163 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Island Escapades has welcomed thousands of paddlers to Salt Spring Island since 1990. Kayak along sculpted sandstone islets with your SKGABC certified guide, viewing the spectacular bounty of marine mammals, birds & intertidal life including giant sea stars. Seals pop up & gaze with inquisitive eyes, while bald eagles soar overhead; river otters,mink, porpoise, sea lions & orcas may also be spotted.
We offer Kayak harbour Tours & half and full day Marine Park Paddles, Beginner & Advanced Stroke & Rescue Clinics, Multi-Day Accredited Camping Expeditions, Adventure Youth Camps, School Programs & Guide Courses. Eclectic beachfront shop in Ganges offers Outdoor Gear, Kayak Accessories, Lifestyle, Surf & Skate Wear. Two self-contained waterfront accommodations also available.
315 A Ave
Kaslo, British Columbia
Kayak Kootenay Lake in style. No experience necessary. Half day, full day & multi-day guided adventures; Kaslo Kayaking has a variety of tours to suit your time & budget. How about a lovely 4 hour afternoon paddle exploring Kootenay Lake, paddle with us to a remote ancient shore, hike to a hidden waterfall & enjoy a gourmet lunch on the beach.
Why not try out the hottest water sport craze.. Stand Up Paddle Boarding, rentals and lessons available.
Sunset paddles depart daily in season & afford the best lake & mountain sunset views possible. Be sure to bring your camera!
Spur of the moment tours are welcome, but you might want to book in advance July - Sept.
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.
1950 Government St
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria's complete sports rental centre, featuring quality equipment for all ages. Bicycles, surfboards & wetsuits, paddleboards, canoes, roof racks, camping gear, hiking gear, mountaineering gear, golf clubs & tennis racquets. All products are serviced before each rental. Seasonal used equipment sales, plus new skis, bicycles, backpacks,wetsuits & surfboards and more for sale. With 25 years in business, we can set you up with most items required to enjoy the fabulous adventure areas that coastal Vancouver Island has to offer. Contact one of our enthusiastic staff today for help starting your next adventure.