Premier Listings: Canoeing & Kayaking on Vancouver Island & BC Islands
The island’s diverse geography provides river kayaking for all levels of skill. Satisfy your passion for rapids by running our fast-flowing rivers through breathtaking canyons and waterfalls; or launch from beaches and inlets to surf the wild waves of the Pacific Coast.
Few sports can match the thrills, spills and challenges of whitewater kayaking, and few places can enhance the excitement like the scenic wonderland of Vancouver Island!
Gold River: Try an expedition on the Gold River and apply your kayaking skills against continuous rapids, rock gardens, surfing waves and the “Big Drop”. The river is class II to IV – suitable for advanced kayakers and guided intermediates. The Gold River experience is enhanced by the wonderful scenery through which the river flows.
Cowichan River: This scenic river flows 58km and drops 168m before finally emerging in the tidal flatlands of Cowichan Bay. Along the winding route are a series of steep falls and over a hundred sets of rapids suitable for intermediate-level kayakers or guided beginners.
Nimpkish River: Kayakers usually put in at the confluence of the Nimpkish River and Kaipit Creek. However, due to logjam, launch just west of Kaipit Creek. Swirling eddies and surf waves provide a challenging ride down the river to Nimpkish Lake. The river is class II to III – suitable for novice paddlers.
Woss River: The Woss river flows from Woss Lake to the Nimpkish River. The river is class II – suitable for novice paddlers. This is an excellent location, as you can practice newly acquired skills on the lake before braving the river.
Salmon River: The river flows through a deep canyon, with most of the river being grade II, with two class III rapids suitable for novices and up.
Oyster River: This is an excellent river – the swift moving water, waves and eddies enable you to practice your skills.
San Josef Bay and Raft Cove: Experienced kayakers can paddle to Raft Cove via the San Josef River and San Josef Bay. Waves at Raft Cove are three times the size of those at San Josef Bay.
Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park: Here, the full effect of the Pacific Ocean can be witnessed – it’s immense and unpredictable!
For those who devote themselves to adventurous exploration, the Jordan River, Koksilah River, Nanaimo River and Campbell River will provide the opportunity for an enjoyable kayaking trip.
- Winter for Surf Kayaking
- October to May for river Whitewater Kayaking (autumn rains, spring snow melts)
- Whitewater Kayaking is potentially dangerous
- A helmet, lifejacket and paddling jacket are mandatory
- The water of B.C are cold: wetsuits are required
- Scout your put-in and take-out locations before paddling
Wildcoast Adventures Kayak Tours & VacationsWildcoast Adventures Kayak Tours & Vacations
Wildcoast provides memorable kayak vacations for adventure travellers that combine spectacular scenery, scrumptious food, and abundant wildlife encounters, including whales, dolphins, bears and eagles. Kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca base camp in Johnstone Strait, or take one of our kayak expeditions to Desolation Sound or the Discovery Islands. Our top-rated service caters to both local and international clientele. All kayak tours are fully inclusive and no kayaking experience is required. Only have a day? Visit our storefront for paddleboard and kayak Rentals or Day Tours in the stunning vistas surrounding Quadra Island.
Majestic Ocean KayakingMajestic Ocean Kayaking
1167 Helen Road Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 postalMailing Address: Box 287 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 homeHome Phone: 250-726-2868homeHome Fax: 250-726-2860homefaxWork Phone: email@example.comINTERNETVisit Website
Kayak the Majestic West Coast waters of British Columbia. Our ecotourism adventures will take you to Barkley Sound, the Broken Group Islands, Pacific Rim National Park, Clayoquot Sound and the Deer Group Islands. We provide Part-day, Full-day, and Multi-day trips. Camp on pristine beaches, eat gourmet food, hike through dense rain forests, and learn about the rich variety of Pacific Coast seashore life. Rental kayaks available.
Cape Lazo RV & CampgroundCape Lazo RV & Campground
The Cape Lazo RV & Campground is a 6.5 acre beachside property with 64 beautifully landscaped campsites, just metres from the beach and minutes from downtown Comox. We offer a family friendly campground facility with kayak and paddleboard rentals, accessible boat launch, playground, on site store, and pavilion for group picnics. The Comox Peninsula on the east coast of Vancouver Island is spectacular at any time of year with miles of shoreline to explore and great recreation opportunities for all ages. Cape Lazo is perfect for a weekend, a week or even months of camping in the Comox Valley.
Misty Isles AdventuresMisty Isles Adventures
Misty Isles Adventures is Cortes Island’s only sea kayaking outfitter and sailing charter vessel offering guided day paddles, kayak mothership trips, kayak instruction and sea kayak rentals. The 43-foot schooner Misty Isles departs Cortes Island for day sailing and sightseeing explorations of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and mainland inlets. Longer multi-day trips are also available.
Broughton Archipelago Paddler’s InnBroughton Archipelago Paddler’s Inn
Adventure Location: Simoom Sound Broughton Archipelago BC homeMailing Address: P.O. Box 410 Sointula BC V0N 3E0 postalHome Phone: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
Sea Kayak in comfort based from our ocean-side, or float-house accommodations in the wilderness of the Broughton Archipelago, a kayak paradise. Enjoy sumptuous catered meals, or cook for yourself. Guided kayak tours, lessons and rentals are available, as well as charter boat tours and kayak transport. We also offer Acupressure massage on-site. Surround yourself with ocean, beaches, trails, an inland lake, and quiet beauty.
Remote Passages Marine ExcursionsRemote Passages Marine Excursions
Whether watching whales, dipping into Hot Springs Cove, or kayaking to a rainforest trail, people of all ages have enjoyed our excursions since 1986. We launch out of Tofino in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park. We look forward to welcoming you aboard for a Clayoquot Sound adventure by Remote Passages.
Spirit of the West KayakingSpirit of the West Kayaking
P.O. Box 569 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0 postalHome Phone: 250-285-2121homeHome Fax: 1-888-389-5736homefaxWork Phone: email@example.comINTERNETVisit Website
Kayaking British Columbia is the ultimate way to view BC’s abundant wildlife.
We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our unique coast, and our passion shows in everything we do. Choose among several professionally-guided 4-8 day trips for all experience levels around Vancouver Island. ‘Glamping’ basecamp-style with wood-fired hot tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or expedition-style paddling from camp to camp and paddling between 100s of islands through the Broughton Archipelago, famous Desolation Sound and the wild Great Bear Rainforest on the Central Coast. Savouring a fresh salmon BBQ in the open air, explore and view fascinating wildlife and wilderness and wake up on remote islands with the sound of the whales. Unique and breathtaking.
Our adventures are for everyone and are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. We take care to introduce you to the sport in a fun and safe manner. All that we ask is that you welcome adventure with an open mind and are able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected. Our groups are small, ranging from 8 to 13 people, depending on the trip, in order to provide you with the best experience possible. We provide everything you need for a once in a lifetime kayaking adventure. We provide high-quality fiberglass kayaks, paddling equipment, camp cookware, eating utensils, and camping gear.
Our guides take care of you for the entire duration of your tour, prepare delicious, organic and local meals, and have extensive training and experience in sea kayaking and in sharing the natural and cultural history of the area.
During the Northern Hemisphere winter, we also offer kayaking trips to the glacier-fed South American wildlife paradise, the Chilean Patagonia Archipelago, and multi-day escapes to sun, sand, remote beaches and the warm crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. Please contact us for all details of these amazing winter getaways!
Mothership AdventuresMothership Adventures
Explore our remote coastal wilderness aboard the heritage vessel Columbia III! Join us for exhilarating and unforgettable BC adventure tours that include sea kayaking, eco adventure, natural history, First Nations culture, extraordinary wildlife viewing, photography and painting. Experience sand beaches, stunning fjords, lush estuaries, and exceptional wildlife viewing of whales and bears. Travel in luxury with a certified hospitable crew, qualified guides, gourmet food and comfortable accommodation aboard the luxury Mothership.
Quatsino Lodge KayakingQuatsino Lodge Kayaking
Kayaking Location: Quatsino Sound BC V0N 2V0 postalMailing Address: 6288 Michael\’s Drive Courtenay BC V9J 1P4 postalHome Phone: 250-338-7473homeHome Fax: 250-338-7473homefaxWork Phone: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
Quatsino Lodge specializes in guided sea kayaking & sportfishing. Kayaking guests enjoy day trips exploring ever changing coast lines, secluded beaches, remote islands and secret coves with abundant sea life. Our heated cabin cruisers take us out to the chosen area, and collects us at the end of the day, eliminating the need to paddle long distances, camp out or live on board a boat, evenings are spent warm, dry and pampered in the comfort of the lodge.
Ocean Light II AdventuresOcean Light II Adventures
Ocean Light II is a beautiful and spacious 71ft sailboat offering comfort, a classic natural wood interior, 5 guest cabins, fishing gear, 7 seakayaks, and a 19ft hard-bottom inflatable. Her crew has 34 years of experience offering natural history and photography tours on the BC Coast, including Haida Gwaii, and specializing in grizzly viewing tours in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, and spirit bear and grizzly tours in the Great Bear Rainforest. We also offer whale watching and eco tours, from totems to intertidal treasures, rocky shores to sandy beaches, and spawning salmon to towering trees. We offer five spectacular adventure trips between May and October, each to a different region and each highlighting the awe-inspiring beauty of the beautiful BC coast.
Ecosummer ExpeditionsEcosummer Expeditions
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 156 Clearwater BC V0E 1N0 postalEcosummer Orca Camp Warden Beach Vancouver Island BC homeHome Phone: 250-674-0102homeHome Fax: 250-674-2197homefaxWork Phone: email@example.comINTERNETVisit Website
Awaken to the song of the Humpback whale. Fall asleep beneath the hushed canopy of a temperate rainforest. Fill your days whale-watching, kayaking with Orcas, observing sea lions romp through an underwater forest of kelp, and eagles fishing along the shore. Linger over lunch on a deserted island, scanning the horizon for signs of Orca activity.
Sign up for Ecosummer’s guided Orca Camps to kayak in the realm of Killer Whales. Explore the rainforest, hiking to waterfalls, or along ancient First Nation trails. Marvel when dolphins swim so close you wish you could reach out and touch them. Tune in to the rhythm of the tides. Escape the hubbub of your everyday world and restore life’s equilibrium on the shores of BC’s Johnstone Strait, one of the best places to whale-watch in all of British Columbia. Paddle the same waters as these gentle giants on three, four, or six-day kayaking adventures with Ecosummer Expeditions for a family vacation you’ll always remember.
Clayoquot Wilderness ResortClayoquot Wilderness Resort
380 Main Street P.O. Box 130 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 postalWork Phone: 250-726-8235workWork Fax: 250-266-0412workfaxWork Phone: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
West Coast Vancouver Island
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a small, privately-owned and operated Relais & Chateaux eco-safari-style resort Outpost in the remote wilds of Vancouver Island, near Tofino, open seasonally to guests from all over the world. We are a true resort destination in that we own and operate our own adventures and activities, and, working with the Ahousaht First Nation, provide unprecedented access to the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.
With just 25 guest tents and an over-full complement of staff, wilderness guides and food and beverage artisans, our clients receive respectfully intimate attention from the moment they arrive via floatplane until they wave goodbye from the horse-drawn wagon carrying them back to the dock.
Adventure unfolds in tandem with the rainforest, tides, seasons, and the call of the wild. An impressive menu of equestrian, marine, hiking, fishing, interpretive, and restorative activities is offered daily – each outing custom-built to suit age, skill-level and expectation.
The resort in Bedwell Sound provides 21st-century-safari style lodging in opulently outfitted prospector tents, and a massage and therapeutic treatment centre with the soul of an outpost spa. Activities include whale watching, bear watching, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and hot springs tours.
Coast Mountain ExpeditionsCoast Mountain Expeditions
Kayaking Base: Quadra Island BC postalMailing Address: Box 25 Read Island Surge Narrows BC V0P 1W0 homeHome Phone: 250-285-2823homeWork Fax: email@example.comINTERNETVisit Website
Lodge based multi-day sea kayaking tours in the Discovery Islands, off Central Vancouver Island. We operate in and around the Discovery Islands, Desolation Sound, and mainland inlets. View marine parks, wildlife, BC’s highest mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Watch grizzly bears from your kayak, paddle with seals, dolphin, and porpoise. Incredible marine inter-tidal life. No experience necessary. We are Canada’s longest operating sea kayak company, now entering our 28th year. Recommended by National Geographic as one of Canada’s top places to visit. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!
Sidney Whale WatchingSidney Whale Watching
Sidney Whale Watching offers whale watching and wildlife sightseeing Tours and charters for killer whales (Orcas), sea birds, seal colonies, and other marine life. Three to three and a half hour tours start right from Sidney’s waterfront, near the highest percentage of Orca sightings and porpoise and dolphin feeding grounds. The seas in Sidney are much calmer than Victoria or Vancouver due to it being protected by the Gulf Islands. Waterfront kayak tours, kayak rentals, and kayaking lessons. Five minutes from ferry terminals and airport, with free airport and ferry pick up.