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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Squamish River Dyke Road
Squamish, British Columbia
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!
Peachland, British Columbia
Beachride Rental Co. located in beautiful Peachland, offers fun for the entire family with activities such as stand up paddle board rentals and sales, paddle board lessons, kayak rentals, Italian 4-Wheel canopy bikes, Streetstepper bikes (new to North America) and paddleboard yoga.
We also offer stand up paddle board tours to Rattlesnake Island (weather permitting and a minimum six participants).
Nitinat Lake, British Columbia
Elevation Kiteboarding is one of the most recognized and experienced schools' in Western Canada. We are dedicated to making your first time on the water a true success. All of our instructors are IKO Certified and have been teaching since 2002.
We offer Kiteboarding lessons for all levels, using the most advanced teaching techniques. From beginner to advanced, we use all the latest kiteboarding gear and supply kites, boards, harnesses, life jackets and helmets.
Come for an awesome kitesurfing holiday and learn to Kiteboard! We are open from June to September at Nitinaht Lake, BC. Come and learn with us today!
101 Golden Donald Upper Rd
Golden, British Columbia
A thrilling paddling adventure down the Kicking Horse & Beaver Rivers. This tour is available for either the Stand Up Paddle Board or Inflatable Kayak option.
We travel the stunning Beaver & Kicking Horse Rivers with highlights including paddling to the base of Wapta Falls, one of the Rockies most photographed waterfalls. 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.
13908 Kalamalka Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
BC's first dedicated stand up paddle board shop located across from Kalamalka Lake Beach where we stock the widest range of stand up paddle boards 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
Beautiful rainforests, sandy beaches and the perfect waves...join us for an unforgettable surfing experience in Tofino. We've been teaching surfing here since 1998. There's no place we'd rather be, and nothing we'd rather do.
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 are making surfing easier than ever: 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.
Located just minutes from internationally acclaimed Sun Peaks Resort, Paddle Surfit is Canada's first internationally accredited Stand Up Paddleboard School with new water front Pro Shop! We offer lessons, rentals and tours for all abilities and ages.
Group retreats, parties and kids camps. Our professionally certified instructors ensure you will experience the thrill of "walking on water" the very first time out!
Explore the spectacular and tranquil crystal clear bays of Heffley Lake, or take away one of our inflatable rental boards.
We offer an unprecedented selection of boards, paddles and accessories from industry leading brands. Try out the board of your dreams before you buy, just a fews steps to the water. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will ensure you purchase the right board.
176 Robinson Ave
Naramata, British Columbia
Sun n' Sup is in the Village at the end of the Naramata Bench. Our shop is walking distance to the beach and offers stand up paddleboard sales with an extensive inventory of quality SUP's and beach wear. We also offer repairs, demos, lessons, rentals, family & locals nights. SUP rentals are available hourly, daily or weekly and entry level kayaks and beach cruiser and mountain bike rentals are available on a limited basis. The Kettle Valley Rail Trail is just minutes away as are 32 award winning Okanagan wineries, 2 distilleries, 2 cheese artisans and many art galleries.
Get on board with us and book your group, ladies only, kids' party, or 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.
1100 Comox Lake Rd
Cumberland, British Columbia
Looking for a fun and exciting way to explore Comox Lake during the Summer? Come to West Coast Water Sports Ltd, we offer a wide selection of water sports from jet ski rentals to kayaks and canoes. There is something fun for the whole family to enjoy. With our professional staff and safety standards we promise to provide you with a fun filled afternoon that make you want to come back for more!