Surfing & Watersports
Surfing (JF Bergeron photo)
Surfing on Vancouver Island takes place on the rugged west coast, home to rock reefs, white-sand beaches, and some of the most scenic cold water surfing in the world.
Tofino is Vancouver Island’s most popular surfing destination and was voted “Best Surf Town in North America” in 2010 by Outside Magazine. Tofino has also earned acclaim in Surfer Magazine and SBC Surf, and has hosted the O’Neill Cold Water Classic professional surfing competition.
Discover year-round waves near Tofino, Ucluelet and Sooke, ranging from beginner-friendly beach breaks on sandy shores to remote reef breaks sought out by experienced pros. Summer brings small waves, while surging storm swells batter the shores in winter.
Vancouver Island has dedicated surf communities, accommodation that ranges from beach cabins to resorts, and plentiful outdoor activities.
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Nitinat Lake, British Columbia
Elevation Kiteboarding is one of the most recognized and experienced schools' in Western Canada. We are dedicated to making your first time on the water a true success. All of our instructors are IKO Certified and have been teaching since 2002.
We offer Kiteboarding lessons for all levels, using the most advanced teaching techniques. From beginner to advanced, we use all the latest kiteboarding gear and supply kites, boards, harnesses, life jackets and helmets.
Come for an awesome kitesurfing holiday and learn to Kiteboard! We are open from June to September at Nitinaht Lake, BC. Come and learn with us today!
430 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
Beautiful rainforests, sandy beaches and the perfect waves...join us for an unforgettable surfing experience in Tofino. We've been teaching surfing here since 1998. There's no place we'd rather be, and nothing we'd rather do.
Voted #1 Surf School in Tofino (2009-2011), & Top 10 Surf Schools in the World (National Geographic, 2012); where else would you want to learn?
Here's how we are making surfing easier than ever: year round group, family, & private lessons; all lessons are 3 hours & include all necessary gear; 5:1 student to instructor ratio; bike & surf rentals; roof racks included with all surf board rentals.
625 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
Learn to surf with Tofino's most established & longest running surf school. All experienced, friendly instructors are BCASI certified. Lessons are 2-3 hrs, all gear provided & great for all ages & abilities! See our website for additional camps & packages.
1100 Comox Lake Rd
Cumberland, British Columbia
Looking for a fun and exciting way to explore Comox Lake during the Summer? Come to West Coast Water Sports Ltd, we offer a wide selection of water sports from jet ski rentals to kayaks and canoes. There is something fun for the whole family to enjoy. With our professional staff and safety standards we promise to provide you with a fun filled afternoon that make you want to come back for more!
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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.
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 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!
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.
#2- 4131 Mostar Rd
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Vancouver Island is ranked in the top 10 for cold water dive destinations. Come and discover our underwater world. Dive the sites our locals divers do by shore or boat. See Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf eels, Sea Lions and dozens of other interesting critters.
We are a PADI Five star facility. We offer scuba & snorkeling gear rental, scuba & snorkeling gear sales & service, PADI scuba certification courses, air & Nitrox fills.
Never dived cold water before? Let us pre-arrange a dive master lead dive to take you on a tour or our wonderful underwater world.
Contact us at the shop before your visit to Nanaimo and check us out on Facebook at our Sink or Swim Scuba page.
Discover Vancouver Island beneath the surface!
1950 Government St
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria's total sports centre, featuring quality equipment for all ages. Bicycles, surfboards and wetsuits, paddle boards, canoes, roof racks, camping gear, hiking gear, mountaineering gear, golf clubs and tennis racquets. All products are serviced before each rental. Seasonal used equipment sales, plus new skis, bicycles, backpacks, wetsuits, surfboards and more for sale at discounted prices. With 25 years in business, we can set you up with most items required to enjoy the fabulous adventure areas that coastal Vancouver Island has to offer. Contact one of our enthusiastic staff today for help starting your next adventure.
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.