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Kayaking in the Inner Harbour in Victoria

Victoria

Kayaking & Canoeing

Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)

Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)

Kayaking in Victoria offers the accessibility of an urban centre as well as hidden coves, secluded spots, the challenge of open water and an abundance of marine wildlife.

Victoria is almost completely surrounded by water and its location on Vancouver Island's southern tip creates several great paddling locations.

To the southwest is the Juan de Fuca Strait, which opens to the Pacific Ocean and is home to boat-access only Discovery Island Marine Provincial Park. To the southeast, Haro Strait leads to dozens of small islands and islets. Victoria's Inner Harbour and the adjacent Gorge Waterway allow kayakers to begin saltwater adventures directly from downtown.

For smooth paddling, the Gorge Waterway provides a narrow, protected inlet. Meanwhile, Elk, Beaver and Thetis lakes offer beaches, forested trails and calm waters further outside the city core. Other popular paddling areas include Cadboro Bay, Sidney, and Sooke.

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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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Ocean River Adventures - Victoria

1824 Store St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4R4
Toll-free800-909-4233
Phone250-381-4233

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.

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Blackfish Sailing 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 can learn how to sail or gain more experience. Your Captain is a CYA certified instructor, and our vessels include a 35 foot Beneteau sloop and an F27 Trimaran.

On cruises to surrounding islands we take along kayaks and inflatable. With our new trimaran, be prepared to hang on as she can quickly accelerate to 20 knot speeds, raising adrenaline levels. We also offer unobtrusive whale watching with her - under sail alone!

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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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Sidney Whale Watching - Sidney

2537 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 1Y3
Toll-free888-656-7599
Phone250-656-7599

Breaching, spyhopping, bow riding, tail slapping - if these terms aren't familiar, you probably haven't been on a whale watching tour. Sidney Whale Watching, located in the Cannery Building at the foot of Beacon Avenue, offers 3 to 3 1/2 hour tours starting right from Sidney's waterfront! We are the closest company to the whale foraging grounds which means less travel time & more whale time! Learning about the traditional territory along the way & viewing all the other animals that call this place home is a one of a kind experience.

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Surfside Adventure Tours & Private Tour Guide - Victoria

Toll-free
Phone250-891-7792

We are a professionally licensed private tour guide & limousine service offering luxury transportation in a 7 passenger SUV for sightseeing tours in & around Victoria, Vancouver Island, Vancouver & all of British Columbia. All sightseeing tours may be customized to your requests!

We specialize in guided hikes and kayaking in Victoria and the surrounding area. Kayaks & paddle board rentals available, delivered to you at local beaches and lakes within the vicinity of Victoria.

Victoria airport & BC ferries service available for reasonable rates with pick up from your Victoria hotel, cruise ship, downtown ferry or sea plane terminal. Arrangements can also be made for pick ups in Vancouver and Calgary, AB.

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Trek & Treats: Inn to Inn Hiking - Victoria

Toll-free855-455-5355
Phone778-433-9255

Trek & Treats invites you to experience Canada's West Coast during an unforgettable journey across southern Vancouver Island. Discover nature, culture and hospitality on a partially guided or self-guided hiking or multi-sport tour. Walk along rugged coastline, through ancient forest and peaceful farmland during a 3-7 day tour, or travel by kayak or bicycle for some of the distance. Enjoy local eateries and stay in rural B&B's. Travel at your own pace, with your own company. Trek & Treats provides maps and route information, arranges your accommodations and transports your luggage. Personalized options are available.

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