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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
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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Elevation Kiteboarding - Nitinat Lake

RR 1
Nitinat Lake, British Columbia
V9Y 7M8
Toll-free
Phone604-848-5197

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!

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Golden River Adventures - Golden

101 Golden Donald Upper Rd
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Toll-free888-599-5299
Phone250-344-6778

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.

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Kalavida Surf Shop - Coldstream

13908 Kalamalka Rd
Coldstream, British Columbia
V1B 1Y9
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
Toll-free888-777-9961
Phone250-725-2155

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.

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Paddle Surfit - Stand Up Paddle Professionals - Heffley Creek

Toll-free
Phone250-318-0722

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.

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Sun n' Sup Stand Up Paddle Shop - Naramata

176 Robinson Ave
Naramata, British Columbia
V0H 1N0
Toll-free
Phone778-514-5594

Sun n' Sup offers stand up paddleboard sales with an extensive inventory of quality SUP's. We also offer repairs, demos, lessons, rentals and guided SUP tours. 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.

Get on board with us and book your group, ladies only, kids' party, or team building event now.

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Surf Sister Surf School - Tofino

625 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
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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West Coast Water Sports Ltd - Cumberland

1100 Comox Lake Rd
Cumberland, British Columbia
V0R 1S0
Toll-free
Phone250-465-9378

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!

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Adventuress Sea Kayaking - Parksville

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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