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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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West Coast Expeditions - Kyuquot

Spring Island
Kyuquot, British Columbia
V0P 1J0
Toll-free800-665-3040
Phone250-338-2511

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!

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Wildcoast Adventures - Heriot Bay

685 Heriot Bay Rd
Heriot Bay, British Columbia
V0P 1N0
Toll-free
Phone250-204-0420

Kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca base camp in Johnstone Strait or take one of our kayak expedition vacations to Desolation Sound, Discovery Islands or the Fjordlands. Trips range from 4 to 7 days. We provide memorable outdoor experiences for adventure travellers that combine spectacular scenery, scrumptious food & abundant wildlife encounters including whales, dolphins, bears & eagles. Our top-rated service caters to both local & international clientele. All tours are fully inclusive & no kayaking experience is required. Only have a day? Visit our storefront for paddleboard & kayak rentals or day tours in the stunning vistas surrounding Quadra Island.

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Adventure Quest Canada Tours Inc. - Campbell River

Coast Discovery Marina
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 8C7
Toll-free855-659-2327
Phone250-202-4921

Whales, Bears and Wildlife! Our West Coast Eco-Adventures take you into the heart of the Orca Realm of Johnstone Strait, the Discovery Island, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Cruise in style & comfort aboard our safe, covered cabin cruiser with onboard washroom, as we search for Killer Whales (Orca), Grizzly bears, Black Bears, Bald Eagles, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Seals & Sea Birds. Only company in town featuring kayaking boat-based day trips. Our Transport Canada certified boat & captains cater to small groups and families. Come for a scheduled trip or personalized adventure!

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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. Now offering private intimadate whale watching tours. 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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Coastal Bliss Adventures - Cowichan Bay

4865 Bench Road
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia
V0R 1N1
Toll-free800-896-9525
Phone250-715-0034

We specialize in adventures for both the novice and the experienced. Coastal Bliss Adventures specializes in active multi - day, and day tours. The famous West Coast Trail is our flagship hiking tour. We also offer shorter or less demanding hiking tours of equal beauty and interest. Our kayaking destinations include the picturesque Gulf Islands, the beautiful Broken Group Islands, and Johnstone Strait, orca capital of British Columbia. Whales and other wildlife are common sightings on all of our Vancouver Island tours. We run both scheduled and custom adventures. Our guides are professional, friendly, and well certified in first aid and food safe. We have your vacation safety and experience as our top priority. Making your adventure vacation exceptional is our business.

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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

Highfield Road
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Toll-free800-933-6339
Phone250-935-6576

Hollyhock's spectacular ocean-front setting on super natural Cortes Island is an ideal backdrop for both transformative learning experiences and unforgettably dreamy holidays. Nestled between ancient forest and sandy beach, our internationally renowned centre for lifelong learning and well-being has been offering cutting-edge programs and conferences for 30+ years. A stay at Hollyhock includes morning yoga classes, forest hikes, beach walks, occasional morning rows, 24hr toast/fruit/tea/coffee bar and three decadent organic vegetarian meals each day. (Check out our cookbooks!) Guests may also book in for exquisite bodywork sessions and amazing kayak trips, including sunset paddles with naturally glowing bioluminescent waters. From gorgeous tent sites to hand-built West Coast style oceanfront rooms, we accommodate guests visiting for learning programs, conferences, group bookings and holidays.

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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 experienced 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, 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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