Kayaking & Canoeing
Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)
The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region offers a host of kayaking and canoeing opportunities, all within reach of the city of Vancouver.
Enjoy ocean kayaking at Bowen Island or marvel at colourful marine life – from whales to sea stars – while paddling in Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park, just off Powell River.
Another Sunshine Coast highlight is the Powell Forest Canoe Route, which has a week’s worth of paddling on eight lakes. Closer to Vancouver, don’t miss canoeing or kayaking on Buntzen Lake or in Deep Cove.
Whitewater kayakers can get their thrills on rapids suitable for all levels, from the powerful Skookumchuk Narrows on the Sunshine Coast to Whistler’s curving River of Golden Dreams.
Ocean Kayaking Highlights
Bowen Island is one hour from Vancouver, including a scenic 20-minute ferry ride, and is situated at the mouth of Howe Sound. Kayakers can weave around a multitude of smaller islands, each offering its own brand of scenery and wildlife. Explore the east side from Snug Cove, head north for mountain peak views, or head west for the Pasley Island archipelago and Keats Island.
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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.
3375 Lakeside Road
Whistler, British Columbia
The River of Golden Dreams is a flat water, serpentine river that winds it's way from Alta to Green Lake in Whistler. No rapids, just some ripple, but the twists & turns will keep you wondering what's around the next corner. Beaver, beaver dams & lodges, eagles, osprey, river otter, black bears, birds that burst off the water in front of your boat & glacier capped mountain views. Warm up on the lake to start then enter the river. Guides are recommended. This trip has been offered for over 100 years & is an annual event for many resort guests. We also rent non powered boats on Alta Lake.
Bowen Island, a short 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay and one hour from Vancouver, is so close, but world's away. Established in 1996, Bowen Island Sea Kayaking is dedicated to providing you with safe and enjoyable kayak excursions from self-guided paddles to 3 hour, full day and multiday tours of the beautiful Howe Sound area. We also rent stand-up paddle boards!
The 14th Annual Round Bowen Challenge on Sunday June 15, 2014 is a 32 kilometre race open to kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards and outriggers as solo or relay team members.
Come for a leisurely daytime paddle, a full moon tour, or a heart-pounding race, and revel in the beauty that is so close, but world's away.
2354 W 8th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
Self-guided adventure packages for hiking, kayaking and mountain biking in BC. Get outstanding guidance without the guide. Get the trip of a lifetime without the logistics. We're with you every step of the way. We take care of the details. All you have to do is show up, enjoy and create incredible memories.
At DGT we believe that the self-guided, highly personalized trips we create offer you a unique kind of independence and flexibility. What we do best is this: match your needs with the many paddling and hiking opportunities available in BC and equip you to do it. Alone. Unguided. But well informed and advised about what challenges you will face. That's how we put our knowledge to work for you.
1668 Duranleau St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Ecomarine is Vancouver's leading paddlesport specialist with 3 unique oceanfront locations: Jericho Beach, English Bay & Granville Island. We offer kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals, lesson & tours.
The Granville Island retail store is open year-round, selling ocean kayaks, SUP boards, outdoor clothing, footwear, books & charts for your outdoor adventures. Kayaking & SUP rentals & tours are available all year round.
Jericho Beach features a large beach with easy parking, ocean kayak rentals, sit on top rentals, adult lessons, kids camps & custom group tours.
English Bay is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver & has the largest SUP fleet, ocean & sit on top kayaks. A great location to watch the sun set from your kayak or board.
Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres offers perfect paddling experiences for everyone!
Cortes Island, British Columbia
Cortes Island's only sea kayaking outfitter & Transport Canada certified sailing charter vessel. Kayak rentals, instruction & guided day trips. Experience paddling with the seals, visit a historic pictograph site or a night paddle with bioluminescence illuminating every stroke. Cruise Desolation Sound or Mitlenatch Island on-board the 13 m (43 ft) schooner Misty Isles. Multi-day kayak mothership trips explore remote areas of the Discovery Islands, Toba & Bute Inlets. Nestled at the entrance to enchanting Desolation Sound & located between Campbell River & the mainland coast of BC, the Discovery Islands dot the intricate waterways in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Natural West Coast Adventures offers sea kayak tours & instruction for the novice to experienced paddler. Located in White Rock, BC & servicing the Sunshine Coast region, we provide a variety of paddling programs. Our approachable safety conscious partners are hooked on kayaking & enjoy the outdoors. Join one of our courses or tours for safe, informative & attentive service. We also cater to groups so please feel free to contact us for group pricing on many of our programs.
New to NWCA - See our new kayak fishing site at kayakfishingbc.ca
7425 Sechelt Inlet Road
Sechelt, British Columbia
Come to Pedals & Paddles, one of BC's original kayak outfitters serving paddlers with exceptional service & equipment since 1991. Relocated in 2012 to a spectacular waterfront location with private beach on the shore of Sechelt Inlet, we offer rentals & tours from hourly to multi-day. Sechelt Inlet is a paddlers paradise where the mountains meet the ocean & where you can see eagles & heron flying above & seals & dolphins playing in the ocean...really! A safe & protected waterway, we are located at the end of the road, the adventure starts here!
Our guided kayak tours are rated #1 in Trip Advisor. New for 2014 Sechelt Inlet Zodiac tours! Come see spectacular scenery & wildlife from the comfort of our fast & fun Zodiac!
10676 Crowther Rd
Powell River, British Columbia
Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of BC's most beautiful & largest marine parks. Unusually warm Pacific waters, prolific marine wildlife & towering mountains highlight this beautiful region. Since 1995, Powell River Sea Kayak has been providing high quality guided tours as well as instruction & rentals.
Join us in 2014 for an all-inclusive multi-day tour - including great foods, high-end kayaks & equipment & a total immersion into the beauty of Desolation! Day tours also available.
2014 will begin a new level of comfort, quality & experience. Desolation's Island Cabana Experience! Handcrafted eco-cabins on an island in the middle of Desolation.
And for those looking for comfort & adventures beyond, our new Mothership tours will explore key areas of the BC coast, including prime orca waters.
Gibsons, British Columbia
Your adventure starts today. Sunshine Kayaking - Sailing Tours - Fishing Charters was established in 1991 as the first kayaking company on the Sunshine Coast. We are located in Gibsons Landing Harbour, a spectacular waterfront location at the entrance to Howe Sound & the Islands of Keats, Gambier, Bowen, Paisley & Anvil.
One of the best adventure tourism companies on the Sunshine Coast, offering kayaking & SUP paddle board rentals, tours & lessons, skippered sailing tours, fishing charters, Gibsons Harbour Tours & Learn to Sail Programs.
The Islands in Howe Sound is paradise for kayakers, fantastic sightseeing on a sailing tour, salmon fishing on our fishing charters, or just enjoying a Gibsons Harbour Tour by boat.
Just a 40 minute BC ferry ride from Vancouver into Gibsons Harbour & your adventure begins.