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Surfing near Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island
(Jeremy Koreski/All Canada Photos)

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Surfing near Tofino (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

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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Aerial Kiteboarding School & Shop - Squamish

Squamish River Dyke Road
Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0C2
Websitehttp://aerialkiteboarding.com
Toll-free855-569-5483
Phone778-989-5483

Aerial Kiteboarding School & Shop is your premier Vancouver Kiteboarding School offering top knotch lessons in Squamish, British Columbia Canada. With a satisfaction guaranteed policy, we ensure every single student is successful in each lesson. With boat assisted lessons and use of radio helmets, our IKO certified and experienced instructors are beside you every step of the way.

Taking advantage of the summer thermal Howe Sound Winds, Aerial Kiteboarding operates from May 1st to September 30th and offers not only Kiteboarding instruction but also SUP lessons, rentals and tours as well as Kayak Rentals. For more information about Aerial Kiteboarding and other interesting things to do in Squamish check out our website!

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Kalavida Surf Shop - Coldstream

13908 Kalamalka Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
V1B 1Y9
Websitehttp://www.kalavidasurfshop.com
Toll-free
Phone778-475-5808

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!

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Pacific Surf School - Tofino

430 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Websitehttp://www.pacificsurfschool.com
Toll-free888-777-9961
Phone250-725-2155

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.

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Sun n' Sup Stand Up Paddle Shop - Naramata

176 Robinson Ave
Naramata, British Columbia
V0H 1N0
Websitehttp://www.sunnsup.com
Toll-free
Phone778-514-5594

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.

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Surf Sister Surf School - Tofino

625 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Websitehttp://www.surfsister.com
Toll-free877-724-SURF (7873)
Phone877-724-SURF (7873)

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.

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Adventuress Sea Kayaking - Parksville

Websitehttp://www.adventuress.ca
Toll-free866-955-6702
Phone250-755-6702

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.

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Christina Lake Marina & Grill - Christina Lake

173 Larson Rd
Christina Lake, British Columbia
V0H 1E1
Websitehttp://www.christinalakemarina.com
Toll-free
Phone250-447-6122

Welcome to Christina Lake Marina!

We are the hub of water activity at Christina Lake with the lake's only waterfront marina. We have boat and equipment rentals to suit everyone's needs including pontoon, wakeboard, ski, wakesurf, canoes, kayaks and fishing boats. No boat operator's license needed to rent boats! See our website for more details.

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Island Escapades - Salt Spring Island

163 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
V8K 2T9
Websitehttp://www.islandescapades.com
Toll-free888-529-2567
Phone250-537-2571

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.

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Kaslo Kayaking - Kaslo

315 A Ave
Kaslo, British Columbia
V0G 1M0
Websitehttp://www.kaslokayaking.com
Toll-free855-505-2925
Phone250-353-1925

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.

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Sink or Swim Scuba - Nanaimo

#2- 4131 Mostar Rd
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9T 6A6
Websitehttp://www.sosscuba.ca
Toll-free877-658-7946
Phone250-758-7946

Vancouver Island is ranked in the top 10 for cold water dive destinations. Come and discover our underwater world. Dive the sites our locals divers do by shore or boat. See Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf eels, Sea Lions and dozens of other interesting critters. We are a PADI Five star facility. We offer scuba & snorkeling gear rental, scuba & snorkeling gear sales & service, PADI scuba certification courses, air & Nitrox fills. Never dived cold water before? Let us pre-arrange a dive master lead dive to take you on a tour or our wonderful underwater world. Contact us at the shop before your visit to Nanaimo and check us out on Facebook at our Sink or Swim Scuba page. Discover Vancouver Island beneath the surface!

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