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Kayaking & Paddling On Vancouver Island

With 3,340km (2,137 miles) of coastline and thousands of lakes and rivers, Vancouver Island offers no end of water activities. Snorkeling, diving, sailing. Kayaking, whale watching, or just soaking in a natural hot spring. Whether you crave a fresh or saltwater adventure, you’ll find it here on Vancouver Island.

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Within the 3,340km (2,137 mile) coastline of Vancouver Island, you’ll find countless spaces to escape and places to connect. As waves crash upon the pebbles of French Beach, the power of the surf merges with the deeper serenity of the changing tide. Watch closely as children explore the secret world of tidal pools in Cape Scott Provincial Park, and you just might glimpse the people they will become.

And there’s so much more than ocean. Almost 10,000 lakes fed by springs, streams, rivers, and aquifers mean you could spend lifetimes here and still not see it all. Trout fishing, canoeing, and paddle boarding are just a few ways to let the cool, clear water – natural and pure – touch your own wild heart.

If water is your true element, you’ll find the connection you need on Vancouver Island.

Dive in. The water’s perfect.

Water Activities

Your Guide To Paddling Vancouver Island

From the Salish Sea to the Broken Islands Group, the options for paddling on Vancouver Island are endless. Plan multi-day ocean excursions or spend a few hours SUPing on an alpine lake, no matter where you are on the Island,… Learn More

Kayaking With Spirit of the West

Glamping at its Best: Choose Your Own Kayaking Vacation with Spirit of the West

Picture waking up to the sound of orcas spouting as they glide through an ocean that laps at your doorstep. Magical moments like this are never out of the ordinary while on a tour with Spirit… Learn More

Multi-Day Trips With Hello Nature Adventure Tours

Discover the West Coast’s Extraordinary Broken Group Islands

Just off the West Coast of British Columbia, islands with magnificent trees, white sand beaches, and an abundance of wildlife wait for anyone adventurous enough to discover them. The enchanting Broken Group Islands consist of more than a hundred independent… Learn More

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