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Surfing near Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island
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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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Christina Lake Marina & Grill - Christina Lake

173 Larson Rd
Christina Lake, British Columbia
V0H 1E1
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
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
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
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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Sports Rent - Victoria

1950 Government St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4N8
Toll-free
Phone250-385-7368

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 at discounted prices. 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.

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T'ashii Paddle School and Tofino SUP - Tofino

Toll-free855-883-3787
Phone250-266-3787

A unique Aboriginal Cultural experience. One of the most unique trips in Tofino!

Dug-out Canoe Tours: Join your Nuu-chah-nulth guide and paddle a hand crafted dug out cedar canoe. Learn about local aboriginal culture and history. Walk along 1000 year old red cedars on the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island.

Paddle board Tours: Try stand up paddle boarding in the pristine wildlife sanctuary of Grice Bay, in Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park.

Hop on our special touring boards for a sleek and stable ride. Explore the unique ecology of the mudflats and beautiful grassy estuaries of Grice Bay.

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Wedge Rafting - Whistler

218-4293 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Toll-free888-932-5899
Phone604-932-7171

The wide variety of Whistler Whitewater Rafting tours offered by Wedge Rafting provides the perfect challenge & adventure for your group. We offer white water tours between Classes 1 & 4 rapids.

In the presence of an experienced professional raft guide you will venture onto one of Whistler's pristine rivers with the confidence it takes to rip through the wild waters.

Come & join Whistler's original rafting company in an adventure you will be telling your friends about for years to come. It is quite simply the coolest thing to do this summer!

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Wet N' Wild Adventures - Golden

1509 Lafontaine Rd
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Toll-free800-668-9119
Phone250-344-6546

Wet N' Wild Adventures offers unforgettable whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River in Golden, British Columbia, on the western edge of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Operating daily every May through September.

Divided into three 10 km sections, the Kicking Horse River allows for a variety of rafting experiences suitable for all ages. Choose the family friendly scenic float in the Upper Canyon to thrilling class 4 rapids in the Lower Canyon, while the Middle Canyon is a combination of class 3 & 4 rapids & is an exciting ride from start to finish.

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X-motor ATV/Snowmobile Tours & Rentals - Langley

9295 198 St
Langley, British Columbia
V1M 3J9
Toll-free
Phone604-371-3525

Escape the rush and demanding calls of the city by joining our ATV tours close to Vancouver.

ATV offroading allows families to explore the great wilderness unachievable by hiking. Riding through the woods bouncing on rocks, splashing through muddy puddles, and climbing over tree trunks can be entertaining for all ages. Just one trip can lead you to various landscapes - snowy mountain peaks, calm peaceful lakes, and much more.

For rentals, we offer a wide selection for all types of riders. Our ATVs, Side-By-Sides and Snowmobiles range from 400cc to 1000cc and our Jet-Skis vary from 160hp to 260hp.

In order to provide one-stop-shop service, we provide free delivery service with conditions applied. Aluminum trailers are available for rent for long distance travel.

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