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Paddling a traditional dugout canoe with Tlaook Cultural Adventures in Clayoquot Sound
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Vancouver Island

Kayaking & Canoeing

Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)

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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Adventuress Sea Kayaking - Parksville

Toll-free866-955-6702
Phone250-755-6702

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.

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Broughton Archipelago Paddler's Inn - Port McNeill

Simoon Sound (Gilford Island)
Port McNeill, British Columbia
V0P 1S0
Toll-free
Phone250-230-0088

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.

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Coast Mountain Expeditions - Surge Narrows

Read Island
Surge Narrows, British Columbia
V0P 1W0
Toll-free
Phone250-285-2823

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!

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Cowichan Bay Kayaks - Cowichan Bay

1765 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia
V0R 1N0
Toll-free
Phone250-748-2333

"Nice People to Paddle with" - From our waterfront location in historic Cowichan Bay Village, we rent kayaks & run kayak tours to explore Cowichan Bay, 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 Full Moon Paddle, or on one of our guided 3hr or full day tours. No previous experience necessary!

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Dam Good Trips - Vancouver

2354 W 8th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6K 2A9
Toll-free
Phone778-865-3597

Self-guided adventure packages for hiking, kayaking and mountain biking in BC. Get outstanding guidance without the guide. Get the trip of a lifetime without the logistics. We're with you every step of the way. We take care of the details. All you have to do is show up, enjoy and create incredible memories.

We believe that the self-guided, highly personalized trips we create offer you a unique kind of independence and flexibility. What we do best is this: match your needs with the many paddling and hiking 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.

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Ecosummer Expeditions - Sea Kayaking & Adventure Tours - Port McNeill

Toll-free800-465-8884
Phone250-674-0102

Travel with Ecosummer Expeditions on an intimate guided tour, kayaking in the realm of Orcas along BC's Johnstone Strait (the best place in BC to see Killer Whales in the wild). Untamed, inspiring, remote and magical, Warden Beach is home to our Orca Camp and your staging ground for adventures wild and mild. Explore the coast of Vancouver Island on 3, 4, and 6-day Orca Camp adventures, or book any of our packages in combination with Orca Camp for a "best of BC" vacation!

Unleash your wild side and discover what countless travellers have always known: an Ecosummer expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for the soul, where moments in nature soon become memories to last a lifetime!

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Go With The Flow Adventures Luxury Kayaking - Heriot Bay

Toll-free888-435-2925
Phone250-287-0946

We offer all inclusive kayaking tours from our luxury base camp near Vancouver Island. Our luxury kayaking tours include gourmet meals with wine, comfortable cabin accommodation with duvets, hot showers, wood fired cedar hot tub, kayaking equipment, instruction & guiding. Experience wilderness in comfort, world class paddling & ocean front accommodation. We prepare our delicious meals fresh from our organic garden with fine dining on our seaside patio. Soak in our red cedar wood fired hot tub & retire to your private cabin accommodation. Explore the emerald green waters & marine parks with your fully certified kayak guide by day.

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Island Escapades - Salt Spring Island

163 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
V8K 2T9
Toll-free888-529-2567
Phone250-537-2571

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.

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Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Sea Kayaking Tours - Port McNeill

1790A Campbell Way
Port McNeill, British Columbia
V0N 2R0
Toll-free866-546-4347
Phone250-956-4617

Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from four to fifteen 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.

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Lotus Land Tours - Vancouver

1251 Cardero St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2H9
Toll-free800-528-3331
Phone604-684-4922

Experience the nature around Vancouver on a guided kayak excursion and beach BBQ in Indian Arm Provincial Park. This fjord-like glacial inlet with magnificent scenery is only a short drive away from downtown. Discover seals, sea stars, blue herons and a myriad of other shore birds. Qualified guides accompany you at all times, ensure your comfort and explain the nature around you.

Highlight of the trip is a salmon BBQ picnic served on a small, uninhabited island with breathtaking views. Pick-up from your residence in Vancouver is included.

We also offer a number of different day trips including Whale Watching to Victoria with Butchart Gardens, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge, Whistler & more.

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