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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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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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Alpha Adventures - Outdoor Adventures - Sechelt

4330 Sunshine Coast Highway
Sechelt, British Columbia
V0N 3A1
Toll-free1-877-43-KAYAK
Phone604-885-8838

Alpha Adventures specializes in year-round adventure on the Sunshine Coast. With locations in Sechelt (Wilson Creek) & Pender Harbour we service all areas of the coast. Year-round adventure tours, kayak & stand up paddleboard rentals, tours, lessons to all areas of the Sunshine Coast. We offer kayak drop-off service to Sechelt Inlet, Gibsons & many other areas. Explore the sheltered waters of Pender Harbour from our summer location in Garden Bay. In the winter we offer snowshoe & cross country ski rentals & tours for Dakota Ridge. Our full-service retail store stocks all the gear you will need for your next adventure. Winter Shuttle service available. Visit our website for more details.

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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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Cowichan Bay Kayaks - Cowichan Bay

1765 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia
V0R 1N0
Toll-free
Phone250-748-2333

"Nice People to Paddle with" - From our waterfront location in historic Cowichan Bay Village, we rent kayaks & run kayak tours to explore Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay and into Sansum Narrows. Seals, otters, bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons & other wildlife make this beautiful area their home. Join us on a tranquil Sunset or Full Moon Paddle, or on one of our guided 3hr or full day tours. No previous experience necessary!

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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 adventure tours. Kaslo Kayaking has a variety of tours to suit your time & budget. Imagine a lovely 4 hour afternoon paddle exploring Kootenay Lake, paddle with us to remote ancient shores, hike to a hidden waterfall & enjoy a gourmet lunch on the beach.

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 during our peak season, July-September.

* Stand Up Paddle Boarding, rentals and lessons *

* Learn to Windsurf - single or group lessons available *

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REO Rafting Resort - Rafting - Boston Bar

17 Kms From Boston Bar On Nahatlatch River Rd
Boston Bar, British Columbia
V0K 1C0
Toll-free800-736-7238
Phone604-461-7238

Changing people's lives - one splash at a time! 32 years of operating excellence & a perfect safety record. REO's edge-of-the-river retreat is truly stunning, perfect for glamping, rafting, retreats & group events. Private beach & 1 km of private river front.

REO's adventure retreat offers wilderness seclusion in a spectacular setting on the edge of a canyon, surrounded by mountains of pine. REO offers all-inclusive, multi-sport vacations featuring whitewater rafting, kayaking, kids camp, lake paddleboarding, guided nature hikes & aromatherapy massage. Trips include professional guides & delicious meals. For overnight stays, camp in your own tent or upgrade to a river's edge cabin tent. For unforgettable whitewater rafting trips & family adventure vacations near Vancouver, Whistler & Seattle, paddle with REO on the Nahatlatch, Thompson, Stein & Fraser Rivers.

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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 total sports centre, featuring quality equipment for all ages. Bicycles, surfboards and wetsuits, paddle boards, canoes, roof racks, camping gear, hiking gear, mountaineering gear, golf clubs and 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 & Tofino SUP - Tofino

Toll-free1-855-883-3787
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 and Lessons: Try stand up paddle boarding and explore the ecology in the little known Tofino Inlet, a calm and relaxing place to paddle right in Tofino.

If it's your first time paddle boarding or you looking to explore new areas of Tofino, our guides provide instruction and cater paddle board tours to your abilities.

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