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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17 Kms From Boston Bar On Nahatlatch River Rd
Boston Bar, British Columbia
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.
1742 Harris Road
Squamish, British Columbia
Sea to Sky Expeditions has been providing quality wilderness experiences since 1988. We offer a wide variety of activities & locations throughout BC. We are British Columbia's hiking experts, come join us on the West Coast Trail or take in a stunning mountain vista. Sea kayak in Johnstone Strait with the orcas or paddle a canoe through the world-class Bowron Lakes circuit. Amazing scenery, great food, certified guides & new friends await! No previous experience required.
Sechelt Inlet Rd
Sechelt, British Columbia
Experienced guides help visitors discover & experience traditional Salish ways of life on the Sunshine Coast & various Lower Mainland locations by appointment. Hear traditional stories connected to local pictographs, native plants & wildlife & explore the water & land in all of its glory. Our guides will show you pristine sites with an array of wildlife.
Kayaking, canoe, stand up paddle board, hiking tours & lessons are offered May, June, July, August, early September. We will entertain the avid paddler in the off-season. Hiking, snowshoeing, site seeing is in the fall & winter. Co-create a unique cultural experience with us & your group. Talaysay customized events include cultural activities, museum & longhouse visits with heritage songs, stories & drumming with First Nation guides.
1451B Hwy 101
Lund, British Columbia
Terracentric Coastal Adventures offers dynamic tours by boat and sea kayak to some of the most beautiful, scenic marine parks in the world: Desolation Sound, Copeland Islands and Mitlenatch Island Nature Reserve. Our day tours range from 3.5 to 8 hours, with full day tours offering the opportunity to go ashore, enjoying our delicious, home made, locally sourced lunches. Multi-day tours run from 2 to 5 days in length.
On foot, Terracentric offers hiking tours through luscious green forests along the Sunshine Coast Trail.
With local, professional guides/naturalists, you will learn of fascinating human and natural history from ancient First Nations to modern day newcomers. With diverse marine life, including increased whale sightings, stunning vistas and warm waters for swimming, you'll never want to leave.