Kayaking & Canoeing
Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)
Ladysmith is one of western Canada's leading kayaking hotspots.
The annual Vancouver Island Paddlefest each May is widely regarded as a premier west coast paddlesports event. Several internationally renowned kayak manufacturers operate in the area, as well as kayak tour operators and rental companies, including Sealegs Kayaking Adventures, which operates from a prime piece of Transfer Beach Park waterfront.
Vancouver Island Paddlefest
Vancouver Island Paddlefest is a weekend kayak extravaganza hosted by Sealegs Kayaking that attracts thousands each year to Transfer Beach Park. Kayaking workshops, demonstrations, clinics, and a retail trade show are all on the agenda. Paddlefest is also a great opportunity to introduce kids to kayaking. One of the more humorous competitions at the event is the cardboard kayak race.
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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.
200 Transfer Beach Blvd
Ladysmith, British Columbia
Toll-free877-KAYAK BC (529-2522)
Paddle the calm waters of Ladysmith's Harbour. Situated steps from the ocean we offer kayak & equipment sales, lessons, tours, rentals, stand-up paddle boarding & boat platform rentals for scuba diving & snorkeling. Choose from a 2 hour wildlife paddle board (SUP) & kayak tour, full day excursion, 3-day camping/kayak vacation, gourmet tours, snorkeling or scuba dive charters. Your tour or hourly rental includes a free lesson with one of our professional sea kayak guides.
We also offer on-site, a family-friendly park which includes swimming, playgrounds, a basketball half-court, beach volleyball court, hiking trails & dog park.
Just 1 hour's drive north of Victoria, 20 minutes south of Nanaimo & 10 minutes from world-renowned Chemainus murals.
When on the island, do what the islanders do: go kayaking!