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 Vancouver Island. Adventuress offers wildlife tours, rentals & lessons. Choose from fun day tours in Nanoose, Parksville & Qualicum Beach to weekend getaways & exciting multi-day adventures 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.
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 and turns will keep you wondering what's around the next corner. Beaver, beaver dams and lodges, eagles, osprey, river otter, black bears, birds that burst off the water in front of your boat and 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 and is an annual event for many resort guests.
2354 W 8th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
Start your journey here with Dam Good Logistics for self-guided kayaking and hiking adventures in stunning British Columbia. My experienced colleagues and I believe that the self-guided, highly personalized kayak & hiking trips we create offer you a unique kind of independence and flexibility. We match your needs with the many 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 and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) rentals, lesson & tours. 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 and has our largest SUP fleet. Our retail store on Granville Island is open year-round, selling ocean kayaks, SUP boards, outdoor clothing, footwear, books & charts for your outdoor adventures. 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 and 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 and equipment since 1991. Relocated in 2012 to a spectacular waterfront location with private beach on the shore of Sechelt Inlet, we offer rentals and tours from hourly to multi-day. Sechelt Inlet is a paddlers paradise where the mountains meet the ocean, and where you can see eagles and heron flying above, and seals and dolphins playing in the ocean...really! A safe and protected waterway, we are located at the end of the road, the Adventure starts here!
10676 Crowther Rd
Powell River, British Columbia
Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of BC's most beautiful and largest marine parks. Unusually warm Pacific waters, prolific marine wildlife and towering mountains highlight this beautiful region. Since 1995, PR Sea Kayak has been providing high quality guided tours as well as instruction and rentals.
Join us in 2013 for an all-inclusive multi-day tour - including great foods, high-end kayaks and equipment and a total immersion into the beauty of Desolation! Day tours also available.
2014 will begin a new level of comfort, quality and experience. Desolation's Island Cabana Experience! Handcrafted eco-cabins on an island in the middle of Desolation.
700 Apex Ave
North Vancouver, British Columbia
West Coast Canoe Tours:
Explore the rich marine ecosystem while experiencing Coast Salish culture while you enjoy a guided interpretive paddle in one of our traditional 31 foot Coast Salish Ocean going canoes. Gently paddle the protected waters of Burrard Inlet & the beautiful pristine Indian Arm. Trained First Nations Guides share first nation's culture, sing traditional songs & tell legends & the history of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
Rainforest Ground Tour:
Explore the ancestral trails of Whey-Ah-Whichen (Cates Park). Learn about the traditional uses of the local flora and fauna, harvesting methods, traditional medicines & how to identify different plant species.
Edgewater Activity Centre
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler Eco Tours has been bringing people back to nature since 2001. Specializing in guided canoe, kayak, hike & bike tours, WET's interpretive and naturalist guides will pass on their knowledge of our local flora, fauna, history & geology. We have canoe & kayak tours of the River of Golden Dreams, Alta Lake & Green Lake. We have a variety of bike tours & you can combine your bike tour with a paddle tour. We also offer an array of walking & hiking tours, fishing tours, eagle viewing & mountain biking. Also come explore the Whistler venues of the 2010 Olympics on a guided tour.