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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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Adventures Village Island - Campbell River

Toll-free
Phone250-488-7293

100% West Coast First Nations owned and operated, we are an outdoor adventure tour company located off of the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, BC on Compton Island. Kayak with whales, paddle to a grizzly or black bear habitat or go fishing for salmon, halibut or cod. Immerse yourself in the song, dance and storytelling of our people. Whether you want to hike old growth forests, or relax on our beach, our aboriginal guides will show you a side of British Columbia that you have never seen. We offer 1, 3 and 5 day packages, along with overnight camping, or rustic cabin accommodation. Come share this beautiful marine paradise with us. We can't wait to see you!

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BCYukon Adventures - Surrey

Toll-free877-821-1411
Phone604-501-9232

We offer some of the best wilderness adventures in British Columbia. Hiking, canoe, river rafting, & kayaking trips for beginners & experienced adventurers. Trips range from 6 to 12 days. In business since 1988.

Hikes include the West Coast Trail, Canada's top-rated hiking trip, & the historic Chilkoot Trail where we follow in the footsteps of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rushers. Sea kayaking tours on Vancouver Island include the Orcas of Johnstone Strait, & the sea otters of Nuchatlitz. Our canoe adventure is to the world famous Bowron Lakes, Canada's quintessential lake canoe experience. Our Tatshenshini River rafting in Northern BC is rated #1 in the world by National Geographic.

Expeditions include transportation from the point of origin, major equipment, food, meal preparation, professional guides, & safety items.

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Blackfish Sailing & Kayaking Adventures - Victoria

1327 Beach Dr
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 2N4
Toll-free
Phone250-216-2389

We offer both day sailing and overnight cruises from Oak Bay, the 'wild' side of Victoria - only minutes from downtown Victoria. This area and surrounding Gulf Islands are a boater's dream, featuring wild islands, diverse marine life, and tranquil anchorages, against a background of snow-capped mountains.

Ours is a 'hands-on' experience where you will have the opportunity to learn how to sail or gain more experience. Your Captain is a CYA certified instructor, and our vessel is a 35 foot Beneteau sloop.

On our exploratory cruises up the coast we can take along kayaks as well as our inflatable. This spring we are organizing cruises to magnificent Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound from Nanaimo and Comox, harbours convenient to these world famous cruising destinations.

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Fisherman's Wharf - Victoria

12 Erie Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 4X5
Toll-free800-883-7079
Phone250-383-8326

Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops & eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Wander down the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, see moored pleasure vessels & float homes & watch as fishing vessels unload their wares. Visit businesses at Fisherman's Wharf: Restaurant & Seafood Sales, Barb's Fish & Chips, The Fish Store & More, Grilligans BBQ, Jackson's Ice Cream, Hi Gear Crab Sales, Moka House Coffee & Bistro, Marine Adventures, Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, Kelp Reef Kayaking, Pirate Adventures & don't forget Sammy the seal!

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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Sidney

2220 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 2P6
Toll-free866-944-1744
Phone250-654-4000

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve safeguards a portion of British Columbia's beautiful southern Gulf Islands. Established in 2003, park lands are dotted throughout numerous islands, islets & reefs. Enjoy kayaking, boating,camping, hiking, walking along the beaches or trails, picnicking or geocaching. Take in an interpretive program (free & fun) - check the website for more details.

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Hollyhock - Cortes Island

Manson's Landing
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Toll-free800-933-6339
Phone250-935-6576

For more than three decades, Hollyhock has offered guests an experience that sends them home transformed & inspired to engage in making the world better. Hollyhock is a non-profit centre offering cutting-edge programs with world-class instructors, a gathering place for pursuit of advanced knowledge & deep insights & the perfect place to "just be" amidst the kind of breathtaking island beauty that makes you remember why it's good to be alive. Yoga classes, bodywork sessions, kayak trips, forest hikes & amazing organic, gourmet meals await you. Guests are also welcome to visit without taking a program. Group bookings are also welcomed.

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Natural West Coast Adventures - Kayak Fishing - Garden Bay

Toll-free
Phone604-535-7985

Natural West Coast Adventures offers kayak fishing tours & instruction for both fresh & salt waters species. Our kayak fishing courses are designed for the novice to experience angler & take place in beautiful White Rock, BC where you can learn the fundamentals of fishing & paddling.

For those seeking further adventure & sport fishing opportunities we offer guided kayak fishing tours for both fresh & salt water species on BC's Sunshine Coast. Our base operation is located in scenic Garden Bay, British Columbia where there is easy access to lake & the ocean angling.

NWCA will provide all the gear & equipment needed. We offer small group tours for cutthroat trout, salmon, ling cod, rock cod, green ling & other ground fish species.

Come out for a relaxing day of kayak fishing!

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Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort - Nimmo Bay

Nimmo Bay
Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
V0N 2R0
Toll-free800-837-4354
Phone800-837-4354

At Nimmo Bay in beautiful British Columbia, you define what it means to be brave. Fly to pristine coastal river to catch wild steelhead trout and salmon. Enjoy a helicopter adventure over the treetops of 130,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles) of wilderness, en route to lunch on a 10,00 year old glacier. Or test your courage by enjoying a brisk swim in the waterfall plunge pool. Enjoy a guided day of bear watching or whale watching, or a peaceful trek through the forest around the luxurious resort. You choose the adventure; Nimmo Bay provides the experience. This family-owned and operator business offers fresh coastal cuisine and first- class service, along with intimidate and relaxing wilderness experiences, helping you explore nature in its purest form.

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Remote Passages Marine Excursions - Tofino

51 Wharf St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free800-666-9833
Phone250-725-3330

We are committed to preserving the ecological value & timeless wonder of Clayoquot Sound. We strive to help visitors appreciate the coastal environment through fun, educational outings. Our programs emphasize the many connections between forest & ocean ecosystems.

Whether whale watching, bear watching, dipping into Hot Springs Cove or sea kayaking to a rainforest trail, people of all ages have enjoyed our excursions since 1986.

We launch out of Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach & Pacific Rim National Park. Tofino is part of Clayoquot Sound, a temperate rainforest area of beaches & fjord inlets.

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Sea to Sky Expeditions - Squamish

37977 Fourth Ave
Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0B2
Toll-free800-990-8735
Phone604-815-4202

Sea to Sky Expeditions has been providing quality wilderness experiences since 1988. We offer a wide variety of activities & locations throughout BC. We are British Columbia's hiking experts, come join us on the West Coast Trail or take in a stunning mountain vista. Sea kayak in Johnstone Strait with the orcas or paddle a canoe through the world-class Bowron Lakes circuit. Amazing scenery, great food, certified guides & new friends await! No previous experience required.

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