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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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.
1660 Telegraph Cove Rd
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Sea Kayak Tours from Telegraph Cove providing you with the best opportunity for the unforgettable experience of viewing orca or killer whales & many other marine mammals in their natural, wilderness environment.
2 hour, half day & day guided tours departing daily.
Guided tours from 2-6 days in the realm of the Orca, led by highly trained passionate guides, excellent equipment, meals that will delight & an overall experience that will safely provide you with life long memories, while causing the minimum impact on the area.
Call for last minute specials!
Kayak & equipment rentals available.
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.
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.
520 4th St
Courtenay, British Columbia
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.
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!
1380 Hooley Rd
Heriot Bay, British Columbia
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.
A unique Aboriginal Cultural experience. One of the most unique trips in Tofino!
Dug-out Canoe Tours: Join your Nuu-chah-nulth guide and paddle a hand crafted dug out cedar canoe. Learn about local aboriginal culture and history. Walk along 1000 year old red cedars on the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island.
Paddle board Tours and Lessons: Try stand up paddle boarding and explore the ecology in the little known Tofino Inlet, a calm and relaxing place to paddle right in Tofino.
If it's your first time paddle boarding or you looking to explore new areas of Tofino, our guides provide instruction and cater paddle board tours to your abilities.
Kyuquot, British Columbia
Savour a diverse west coast sea kayaking adventure that allows you to connect, experience & refresh. Options for families & individual adventurers of all ages. Truly get away and journey off the beaten path by sea kayak in the marine wilderness of Kyuquot Sound & Checleset Bay. With the unmatched camping luxuries of our Wilderness Retreat on Spring Island, learn about local Aboriginal culture, colourful marine wildlife & the mysteries of the coast's old-growth forests on multi-day, all-inclusive, professionally-guided tours with delicious wholesome meals, comfy beds & a team that cares. Guest feedback is that we're in a league on our own - we think that's because of the great people who join us!