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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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Ocean River Adventures - Victoria

1824 Store St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4R4
Websitehttp://www.oceanriveradventures.com
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 Tours - 3 hrs; Discovery Island Kayak Tours- 6 hrs; & Discovery Island Hiking Tours - 3 1/2 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 & Kayaking Adventures - Victoria

1327 Beach Dr
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 2N4
Websitehttp://www.blackfishal.com
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
Websitehttp://www.fishermanswharfvictoria.com
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
Websitehttp://www.pc.gc.ca/gulf
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
Websitehttp://www.sidneywhalewatching.com
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 - Victoria

Websitehttp://www.surfsidetours.com
Toll-free
Phone250-891-7792

We are "Your Guide & Transportation to Outdoor Adventure". We offer luxury sightseeing tours in & around Victoria, Vancouver Island & all of British Columbia. We offer luxury transportation to outdoor adventures such as; Golfing,Horseback riding,surfing at Tofino,Wild Play parks,ATV tours,Paddle boarding,Horne Lake Caves,and more. Victoria airport and B.C. ferries pick-up and drop off for a reasonable fee. Free pick up at local residents,Victoria hotels,Cruise ships,and downtown ferries.

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Trek & Treats: Inn to Inn Hiking - Victoria

Websitehttp://www.trekandtreats.ca
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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