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The Vancouver Island region’s diverse ecosystems make for some of the best wildlife viewing in British Columbia.
Popular wildlife activities on Vancouver Island include guided whale-watching and bear-watching tours, but there are many self-guided wildlife viewing opportunities as well.
Watch grizzly bears in Knight Inlet, view Roosevelt elk (found only on Vancouver Island), check out one of many bird watching areas or look for the Vancouver Island marmot, an incredibly rare mammal.
Enjoy seeing prolific marine life in Barkley Sound and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, snorkel with salmon and seals, watch sea otters play in kelp beds or spot wildlife from the deck of a working coastal freighter as it plies the waters of remote West Coast inlets.
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1824 Store St
Victoria, British Columbia
Ocean River Adventures has been "getting you out there" for over 30 years & it has never been easier or so much fun - we were even voted the best Kayak School in western Canada by Sea Kayaker Magazine (2012)
Tour options with a certified guide include: Harbour Kayak and Stand Up Paddling Tours - 3 hrs; Discovery Island Kayak Tours- 61/2 hrs. Custom Tours & instruction offered upon request.
Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard rentals are available from downtown Victoria.
Open 7 days a week, the Ocean River Sports outdoor retail store is a must-visit for quality outdoor clothing & gear.
360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness & cultural expeditions throughout Canada's Pacific Coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our 70' classic wooden schooner 'Passing Cloud'. Coastal cruising, sailing, sea kayaking & frequent shore excursions provide amazing opportunities to encounter whales, wolves, grizzly bears, Spirit bears, sea otters, seabirds & visit First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, Pacific Rim National Park & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!
8380 St. George St
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Pacific Yellowfin is not only a unique historic vessel in the Pacific Northwest with an incredible history, it also boasts unique features that differentiate us from other operators on the British Columbia coastline. Available for per cabin trips during June and September, or full boat charter anytime during our season. Off-season day cruises also available, please inquire.
Full boat charters are 100% custom and tailor made just for your group! We offer everything from gourmet dining, to truly wild bear and whale watching, to awesome water sports for all ages. There is something for everyone onboard the Pacific Yellowfin.
1625 MacDonald Rd
Campbell River, British Columbia
Explore the rich tradition of BC salmon fishing in renowned Campbell River, 'The Salmon Capital of the World,' at the doorstep of one of the world's most impressive salmon migrations.
Set off from the resort in a 17 foot Boston Whaler and fish the waters of Discovery Passage with an experienced guide who shares your passion and excitement for fishing. Our guides are BC salmon fishing experts with a vast knowledge of the region and a deep respect for the sport. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced angler, your guide will help you reel in the catch you've been waiting for.
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 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.
For a more comfortable immersion into Desolation Sound, Cabana Desolation Eco Resort is located on an uninhabited island in the heart of Desolation. Handcrafted eco-cabins, hot showers, freshly created foods and a stunning setting.
Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia
Are you looking for great salmon fishing, easy access & calm waters all in a wilderness setting?
Fishing from a stable 21 foot Boston Whaler Revenge we will explore the Discovery Islands ranging from Johnstone Strait to Quadra Island & the Outer Islands & Bute Inlet. Wherever the salmon fishing is great, the waters calm & the weather the best, you'll find Protected Waters Charters.
Based on your fishing desires & expectations we will choose a time, location & style that best fits you or your team's needs. From family fishing experiences to experienced anglers targeting the big one, from action on light tackle to exploring remote & exotic corners of our region we will find the calm water occasion just for you.
Calm seas, beautiful scenery & good company.
Fly-In Trophy Fishing Lodge
Rivers Inlet, British Columbia
Fly direct to the lodge at Rivers Inlet from Vancouver in less than two hours. Follow the coast over spectacular beautiful British Columbia scenery. We are a trophy salmon & halibut fishing lodge with over 30 years in the business. Trips are guided or unguided. The all-inclusive Rivers Inlet Sportsman's Club is more than a world-class fishing experience. Family operated, our floating lodge is only 5 minutes from the fishing grounds, where salmon weighing up to a record 126 lbs have been caught. Fish for chinook (kings), coho (silvers), halibut, etc. There's also sightseeing, whale watching, hiking trails, fly-fishing & boating/cruising; relax on sandy beaches. Everything here is first class: gear, service, guides, lodging & meals.
326 Tower Rd
Bamfield, British Columbia
Rocky Point Charters is located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island at Barkley Sound in Bamfield. Your personalized fishing adventures with some of BC's finest Salmon & Halibut fishing are waiting. Rocky Point Charters is Bamfield's premier fishing destination. Your waterfront accommodation, 3 bedroom suite can sleep 9 with fully equipped kitchen, dining, living room, TV, Internet.
Owner/operator Ken Bodaly has over 25 years of fishing experience. You will fish from 7.27-7.82 m boats that are fully rigged & designed for fishing the West Coast, on the calm sheltered waters of Barkley Sound or 20 miles off shore.
10-3100 Kensington Cres
Courtenay, British Columbia
Sailcone is an unparalleled BC Salmon Fishing Lodge for fly-in Salmon fishing, Halibut & Steelhead Adventures. Explore & fish in majestic Knight Inlet. Knight Inlet is British Columbia's longest & most exciting fjord - 95 miles of mountainous wilderness, huge waterfalls, ice fields, Grizzlies, Orca Whales, Humpbacks, Seals & Sea Lions.
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!