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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173 Larson Rd
Christina Lake, British Columbia
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.
163 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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.
315 A Ave
Kaslo, British Columbia
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.
#2- 4131 Mostar Rd
Nanaimo, British Columbia
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!
1950 Government St
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
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.
218-4293 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
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!
1509 Lafontaine Rd
Golden, British Columbia
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.