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Vancouver Island

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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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Powell River Sea Kayak - Powell River

10676 Crowther Rd
Powell River, British Columbia
V8A 0G4
Websitehttp://www.bcseakayak.com
Toll-free866-617-4444
Phone604-483-2160

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.

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Protected Water Charters - Quathiaski Cove

Quathiaski Cove
Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia
V0P 1N0
Websitehttp://www.protectedwatercharters.com
Toll-free
Phone250-203-9067

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.

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Sailcone Wilderness Fishing - Courtenay

10-3100 Kensington Cres
Courtenay, British Columbia
V9N 8Z9
Websitehttp://www.sailcone.com
Toll-free877-764-4286
Phone250-334-8858

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.

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Salts Sail and Life Training Society - Victoria

451 Herald Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 3N8
Websitehttp://www.salts.ca
Toll-free888-383-6811
Phone250-383-6811

What could be better than spending summer days exploring the beautiful BC coast while learning to sail a traditional tall ship? Our ten-day summer trips collectively circumnavigate Vancouver Island. Programs open to ages 13-25 year olds with short day sails open to all ages. Our ships are the 34 metre (111 ft) topsail schooner Pacific Swift & the 42 m (138 ft) gaff rigged schooner Pacific Grace. Formal sailing instruction is provided, & no previous experience is necessary. Trips ashore & rousing mug-ups round out this life changing experience! Four or Five day Group Programs run in the spring and fall (generally school groups).

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Sea Kayak Adventures - Courtenay

520 4th St
Courtenay, British Columbia
V9N 1H2
Websitehttp://www.seakayakadventures.com
Toll-free800-616-1943
Phone208-765-3116

Fully catered guided sea kayaking & whale watching tours in British Columbia's Johnstone Strait (home to Robson Bight - the world's only orca preserve) & God's Pocket Provincial Park, northern Vancouver Island, since 1996. Our paddling tours in heart of whale territory allow you to maximize chances of seeing orcas & whales & explore the turquoise waters of several islands. Novice kayakers welcome - no prior experience is necessary. We use top of the line Seaward kayaks, whip up memorable gourmet food & provide all gear & kayak instruction needed.

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Sealegs Kayaking Adventures - Ladysmith

200 Transfer Beach Blvd
Ladysmith, British Columbia
V9G 1W2
Websitehttp://www.sealegskayaking.com
Toll-free877-KAYAK BC (529-2522)
Phone250-245-4096

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!

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre - Sidney

9811 Seaport Pl
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 4X3
Websitehttp://www.oceandiscovery.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-665-7511

Hands on, hands wet! Colourful aquarium habitats teem with marine life from the Salish Sea. Guests have the opportunity to shake hands with sea urchins & tickle sea stars in the touch pools. Hundreds of fish, invertebrates & marine plants recreate the ocean environment & give an underwater view that most people never experience. Discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is located in Sidney, a charming waterfront town minutes from the Victoria International Airport & BC Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay.

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Spirit Eagle Experiences - Ahousat

House 741
Ahousat, British Columbia
V0R 1A0
Websitehttp://www.spiriteagle.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-670-2319

Aboriginal First Nations Eco-Cultural Experiences. Join us for a guided experience that will last for a lifetime: Experience our First Nations culture, our home & what we do today. Exchange stories with elders, local artists & singers. Enjoy traditional Aboriginal foods. Gather seafood, harvest hystuup from the reefs & fish for the tyee. Explore the Ahosuaht Hahoothee for spiritual connections, eagles, whales & other local happenings. Friends, Family & Storytelling.....See you soon!

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Spirit of the West Adventures - Heriot Bay

1380 Hooley Rd
Heriot Bay, British Columbia
V0P 1H0
Websitehttp://www.kayakingtours.com
Toll-free800-307-3982
Phone250-285-2121

Come kayak British Columbia's coastal paradise!

We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our coast, and our passion shows in everything we do. Our adventures are safe, fun, educational and of course environmentally friendly!

Choose among several professionally guided 4-6 day trips in Johnstone Strait ("glamping" or expedition-style), the Broughton Archipelago, the Nuchatlitz (west coast Vancouver Island) or Desolation Sound. Imagine savouring a fresh salmon BBQ in the open air, glorious sunset and scrumptious home-made desserts, surrounded by nature.

Explore BC's fascinating marine wildlife and wilderness and wake up on remote islands with the sound of the whales. We love it here, and it shows in the way we run our trips.

Come enjoy one of our authentic kayaking journeys.

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The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) - Victoria

505 Quayle Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9E 2J7
Websitehttp://www.hcp.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-479-6162

The Gardens at HCP has 4 ha (10 ac) of spectacular demonstration gardens with over 10,000 varieties of plants. Thirty-four different areas are designed and planted to demonstrate landscaping techniques suitable for the Pacific Northwest. The gardens also include the second largest Bonsai Garden in North America.

Walk or cycle the 37.2 ha (93 ac) Conservation Park, through wetlands, forest and fields. Second growth Douglas fir surrounds the wetlands, providing a feeding area for over 35 varieties of birds which you can view from several bird watching platforms.

These gardens are a perfect example of what can be achieved in the Pacific Northwest.

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