Kayaking & Canoeing
Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)
Vancouver Island is a haven for both lake and ocean kayaking, and it also has great places for canoeing.
Want an ocean paddling experience? Vancouver Island is known for its isolated beaches, old growth rainforests and abundant marine life. Glide silently past otters, sea lions and shore birds in their natural surroundings for an eco-friendly glimpse of some of the island's best-kept secrets.
Johnstone Strait, Broughton Archipelago, the Broken Group Islands, Clayoquot Sound, the Gulf Islands, Nanaimo, and the Discovery Islands are popular ocean kayaking areas.
Vancouver Island's freshwater paddling offers an experience for every kayaker or canoeist. Paddle the the remote 48km/30mi, 12-lake Sayward Forest Canoe Route or explore the campground- and village-lined Cowichan Lake. Enjoy a leisurely outing on Elk and Beaver lakes, just outside Victoria city limits, or do a multi-day wilderness adventure in Main Lake Provincial Park on Quadra 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.
Simoon Sound (Gilford Island)
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Sea kayak in comfort based from our oceanside or float-house
accommodations. Enjoy catered meals or cook for yourself. Guided
kayak tours & rentals are available, as well as charter boat tours & kayak transport. Acupressure massage is also available on-site.
Surge Narrows, British Columbia
Lodge based multi-day sea kayaking tours in the Discovery Islands, off Central Vancouver Island. We operate in and around the Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound, & mainland inlets. Marine parks, wildlife, BC's highest mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Watch grizzly bears from your kayak, paddle with seals, dolphin, and porpoise. Incredible marine inter-tidal life. No experience necessary. We are Canada's longest operating sea kayak company now entering our 28th year. Recommended by National Geographic as one of Canada's top places to visit. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!
1765 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia
"Nice People to Paddle with" - From our waterfront location in historic Cowichan Bay Village, we rent kayaks & run daily kayak tours to explore the Cowichan Bay Estuary, Genoa Bay and into Sansum Narrows. Seals, otters, bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons & other wildlife make this beautiful area their home. Join us on a tranquil Sunset or Moonlight Paddle, or on one of our guided 2hr, half or full day tours.
Travel with Ecosummer Expeditions on intimate group wilderness adventures. Departing from Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Port McNeill enjoy kayaking with whales at Orca Camp in BC's Johnstone Strait, exploring old-growth rain forests and wild running rivers or hiking the West Coast Trail on an epic journey of discovery. You'll feel right at home on our wilderness adventure tours, meeting new people and sharing your experiences while guided by experts.
An Ecosummer expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for the soul. Turning moments in nature into memories!
163 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Island Escapades has welcomed thousands of paddlers to Salt Spring Island since 1990. Kayak along sculpted sandstone islets with your SKGABC certified guide, viewing the spectacular bounty of marine mammals, birds & intertidal life including giant sea stars. Seals pop up & gaze with inquisitive eyes, while bald eagles soar overhead; river otters,mink, porpoise, sea lions & orcas may also be spotted.
We offer Kayak harbour Tours & half and full day Marine Park Paddles, Beginner & Advanced Stroke & Rescue Clinics, Multi-Day Accredited Camping Expeditions, Adventure Youth Camps, School Programs & Guide Courses. Eclectic beachfront shop in Ganges offers Outdoor Gear, Kayak Accessories, Lifestyle, Surf & Skate Wear. Two self-contained waterfront accommodations also available.
1790A Campbell Way
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from 4 to 15 days. Join us at our Orca Waters Base Camp for the best in wildlife & whale viewing or an expedition to Gwaii Haanas National Park for the ultimate in wilderness adventures. Family specific departures are available. All tours are fully inclusive & no experience is needed for most tours.
1167 Helen Rd
Ucluelet, British Columbia
Wildlife viewing & guided ocean kayaking day trips, half day trips & multi-day trips. Fun for all ability levels; lessons & top of the line equipment included; gourmet lunches on the day trips & delicious catered meals on the multi-day trips. Certified, knowledgeable & fun guides that have years of experience in this area. Our tours explore the Broken Group Islands, Pacific Rim National Park, Clayoquot Sound, Deer Group Islands & Ucluelet/Tofino. Check out our website & visit our B&B; let us help plan your trip. Free shuttle from airport or bus. Affiliated with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC.
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.
Based In Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak tours where we paddle each day & return to the mothership each night. Accompanied by qualified naturalists, we explore the remote wilderness areas of coastal British Columbia, kayak through glacial fed waters, amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites & observe numerous species of wildlife including orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles & deer.