Few areas in the world are as beautiful to explore by kayak as the coastal waters of BC, with its jagged coastline and thousands of islands, inlets and coves. British Columbia is one of the premier ocean kayaking destinations in the world, whether you’re new to the sport, looking for an exciting adventure getaway, or simply out to improve your paddling skills. The kayaking season is mid-May to September.

Vancouver Island’s vast number of lakes, rivers and ocean inlets are a pleasure to explore by canoe or kayak. The large, relatively isolated lakes of the north and central portion of Vancouver Island are enclaves of solitude. Kayakers glide through marine parks into scenic bays and lagoons and go ashore on secluded sandy beaches and uninhabited islands.

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Ecosummer Expeditions
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 156 Clearwater BC V0E 1N0 Ecosummer Orca Camp Warden Beach Vancouver Island BC
Phone 250-674-0102 Fax 250-674-2197 Toll Free 1-800-465-8884Website Visit 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.

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Misty Isles Adventures
P O Box 137 Manson's Landing Cortes Island BC V0P 1K0
Phone 250-935-6756Website Visit Website

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.

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Island Adventure Centre
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina West Road & Heriot Bay Road Box 513 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0
Phone 250-285-2007 Fax 250-285-2033 Toll Free 1-877-285-2007Website Visit Website

The Island Adventure Centre at the Heriot Bay Inn has great eco adventures departing from Quadra Island: Orca whale watching, kayak day tours, grizzly bear tours, and salmon fishing. Kayak rentals also available. Explore the scenic Inner Coast and the Discovery Islands!

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Remote Passages Marine Excursions
Box 624 51 Wharf Street Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
Phone 250-725-3330 Fax 250-725-3380 Toll Free 1-800-666-9833Website Visit Website

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.

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Spirit of the West Kayaking
P.O. Box 569 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0
Phone 250-285-2121 Fax 250-285-2104 Toll Free 1-800-307-3982Website Visit Website

Join our sea kayaking adventures around Vancouver Island, Canada’s coastal kayaking paradise. Kayak with Killer Whales, paddle Desolation Sound, experience the remote north Nootka Sound, or kayak from the comfort of our 95 ft Mothership, the Songhee. Our sea kayaking trips depart from our base on Quadra Island in the BC Discovery Islands.

No experience is required for our kayak tours! Our adventures are for everyone. Our trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. The majority of people who join our tours are first time kayakers, and 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 8-13 people depending on the trip, in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Spirit of the West maintains a minimum ratio of one guide for every 5 guests on most trips. On our Johnstone Strait Ultimate Tour, we want to provide the ultimate in flexibility and service so we send 3 guides for 13 people. All our expedition stye tours have a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides.

Spirit of the West uses only high quality fiberglass kayaks, and we provide everything you need to have a great kayaking adventure, including paddling equipment, camp cookware and eating utensils, and camping gear (with the exception of a sleeping bag, although we do have some available at an additional fee to cover cleaning costs).

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Strathcona Park Lodge
P.O. Box 2160 Campbell River BC V9W 5C5
Phone 250-286-3122 Fax 250-286-6010Website Visit Website

Guests are drawn from around the world by the lifestyle at Strathcona Park Lodge and the irresistible scenery, wildlife, and opportunities for adventure that begin on our doorstep. We have comfortable, rustic accommodation, delicious buffet meals, kayaks and canoes for rent, and lots of friendly, knowledgeable instructors. We offer guiding in rock climbing, canoeing, whitewater and sea kayaking. Enjoy our backcountry adventures in beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park; alpine hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and camping.

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Wildcoast Adventures Kayak Tours & Vacations
685 Heriot Bay Road Quadra Island BC V0P 1N0
Phone 250-204-0420Website Visit Website Website Visit Blog

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.

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Mothership Adventures
P.O. Box 30 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0
Phone 250-202-3229 Phone 604-677-5692 Toll Free 1-888-833-8887Website Visit Website

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.

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Sea Kayak in Desolation Sound
Kayaking Base: Penrose Bay on Okeover Inlet Desolation Sound BC Mailing Address: Powell River Sea Kayak 5538 Marine Avenue Powell River BC V8A 2L9
Phone 604-483-2160 Toll Free 1-866-617-4444Website Visit Website

Powell River Sea Kayak is the premier sea kayak company for Desolation Sound. Located adjacent to Desolation Sound Marine Park, PR Sea Kayak offers guided day tours, snorkeling, all-inclusive multi-day tours, and a well-stocked rental fleet. Launch kayaks from PR Sea Kayak’s waterfront site on Okeover Inlet, once home to the “Cougar Lady”, and explore Desolation Sound Marine Park. For even more destinations, another option is to launch from PR Sea Kayak’s second location in Lund.

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Majestic Ocean Kayaking
1167 Helen Road Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 Mailing Address: Box 287 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
Phone 250-726-2868 Fax 250-726-2860 Toll Free 1-800-889-7644Website Visit 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.

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Cape Lazo RV & Campground
685 Lazo Road Comox BC V9M 3X2
Phone 250-339-3946 Toll Free 1-888-558-3946Website Visit Website

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.

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Ocean Light II Adventures
#363 - 1917 West 4th Avenue Vancouver BC V6J 1M7
Phone 604-328-5339 Fax 604-731-7066Website Visit Website

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.

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Quatsino Lodge Kayaking
Kayaking Location: Quatsino Sound BC V0N 2V0 Mailing Address: 6288 Michael's Drive Courtenay BC V9J 1P4
Phone 250-338-7473 Fax 250-338-7473 Toll Free 1-866-279-5061Website Visit 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.

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Canadian Adventure Rentals
12263 - 248th Street Maple Ridge BC V4R 1J5
Phone 604-466-5940 Toll Free 1-855-525-5940Website Visit Website

Pickup and Return:
Vancouver, BC

Self-Drive Camping Vacations in British Columbia. Canadian Adventure Rentals will help you create the ultimate outdoor adventure. All packages include a luxury sports utility vehicle (unlimited mileage) fully equipped with camping gear for one to four persons. We also provide mountain bikes, kayaks and canoes, and will reserve campsites across BC for you.

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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort & Spa
380 Main Street P.O. Box 130 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
Phone 250-726-8235 Fax 250-266-0412 Toll Free 1-888-333-5405Website Visit Website

Outpost Location:
Bedwell Sound
West Coast Vancouver Island

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers an ultra-luxurious resort in the remote wilds of Vancouver Island, near Tofino. The Outpost 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, hot springs, fishing, and a canopy viewing platform and zip line.

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Broughton Archipelago Paddler's Inn
P.O. Box 410 Sointula BC V0N 3E0
Phone 250-230-0088Website Visit 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.

Adventure Location:
Simoom Sound
Broughton Archipelago, BC

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Coast Mountain Expeditions
Quadra Island BC
Phone 250-285-2823 Fax 250-285-2823Website Visit Website

Mailing Address:
Box 25 Read Island
Surge Narrows, BC, V0P 1W0

Kayaking Base:
Quadra Island, BC

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!
coastmtn@island.net