Explore the Water
Water, water everywhere, and so many ways to experience it. Blessed with 3,340km (2,137 miles) of coastline, 9,396 lakes and an intricate tracery of major and minor river systems, Vancouver Island is a world-class destination for fresh and saltwater aquatic adventure.
Factor in the neighbouring southern and northern Gulf Islands along with the web of islands in the Discovery Passage and north towards the Queen Charlotte Strait, and it’s for good reason that the Island is renowned as a maritime playground like few others. Dip in a toe, wade or swim in lakes and offshore from wave-caressed beachfronts. Suppliers based close to the action can provide a full range of rental equipment. Experienced teachers offer in-depth instruction in all manner of water sports. And skilled guides lead expeditions that range from a few hours to a week or longer. No matter your age, skill or fitness level, everyone is invited to jump in and make a happy splash.
Jamie Bray, the original and current owner, pioneered the art of the whale watching industry on Vancouver Island. Since 1982 the company has grown to encompass the original Whaling Wharf- our Jamie’s Adventure Station in Tofino, and in 2000 established the harbour-front hub of Jamie’s Adventure Station in Ucluelet. But Jamie’s is more than just whales – we’re your ticket to the real west coast- fostering partnerships with many local operators to offer a range of adventure options for all ages and interests, making us a one-stop resource for whale watching, bear watching, tours to Hot Springs Cove and Meares Island, kayaking, scenic flights, hiking, sunset cruises and more!
Tofino is remarkable any time of year. Summer days are full of fishing and exploring; Autumn is a photographer and foodie paradise. Winter affords you a front-row seat to the edge of the world during powerful storms. And Tofino rejuvenates in Spring; celebrating the return of the grey whales, shorebirds, black bears, and the renewed vibrancy of the rainforest. Come create your own reality here. Come be awed by the force of nature in Tofino.
West Coast Expeditions
Experience the joy and wonder of a personalized sea kayaking adventure rich in marine biology, Aboriginal culture, and space to explore. Join us on Spring Island in remote Kyuquot on Vancouver Island for superb kayaking, enchanting old-growth forests, and diverse wildlife. Ocean kayak with sea otters while eagles soar overhead. Savour fully-catered outings from our base camp, multi-day expeditions, or family-focused adventures. Have a uniquely flexible, fun, and refreshing vacation! We’re celebrating over 40 years of connecting small groups with the west coast, including over 25 years by sea kayak.
Ocean River Adventures
Victoria’s premier outdoor adventure company with over 30 years of “getting you out there” is you choice for visitors to Vancouver Island
Come enjoy the ultimate Victoria Kayaking Experience with Ocean River Adventures. Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, kayaking is a great way to explore our historic city and the Salish Sea with Victoria’s premier kayaking adventure company connecting you to nature and our environment…
Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour – Canada’s kayaking capital where you will see the BC Parliament buildings, the world famous Fairmont Empress, float planes, sail and power boats, ferries big and small, wildlife and more with our fun and experienced guides. Morning, afternoon and Sunset Harbour Tours Daily May 15 – Sep 15. Kayak rental and tours are also now available for our location at the Oak Bay Marina
And for something a little different why not try our Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) harbour tours.
We also offer guided kayak and wildlife walking tours for all ability levels to Discovery Island Marine Provincial Park for a wilderness experience. This is a great individual or family experience as we get there quickly aboard our Discovery marine Shuttle with optional ground transportation from downtown Victoria to Oak Bay.
New for 2016 is a 3 day kayaking and hiking option on Saturna Island, a jewel in the Gulf Islands
Hands-on education about water and marine conservation is a key theme and we only employ highly qualified guides that respect sensitive ecosystems and species while teaching about the importance of ocean sustainability, preservation and conservation.
For those that want to explore and experience on their own, Kayak and Stand-Up Paddle rentals and outfitting are also available as are custom tours.
Open 7 days a week, the Ocean River Sports outdoor retail store is a must-visit for quality outdoor clothing & gear – voted the best Kayak School in western Canada by Sea Kayaker Magazine! – is where you will find the Ocean River Adventures office with our private dock.
Live to Surf
The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!
Long Beach Lodge Resort
Tofino’s Luxury Adventure Resort… Luxury oceanfront resort on the expansive sandy beach of Cox Bay; relaxed inspirational West Coast setting & award winning architecture. Iconic Great Room with oceanview dining room & lounge. Two types of accommodation: beachfront Lodge rooms or self-contained, 2 bedroom Rainforest Cottages. Pet friendly accommodation available. The Surf Club is our adventure centre offering on-site surf /sup lessons & rentals, Marine Adventures on our new heated charter vessel, and luxurious post-adventure spa-like facilities.
Long Beach Lodge Resort is set amongst the native coastal vegetation and takes full advantage of the expansive sandy beach and the open ocean with wild west coast surf… in fact it is one of the few Tofino hotels that can claim such a spectacular locale. Come view Tofino’s biggest waves from the comfort and warmth of our Great Room and partake in some of our award-winning cuisine!
The Resort is for the traveller who prefers first-class service in a relaxed, informal setting. Choose accommodation in the beach front Lodge (41 rooms), most rooms with spectacular ocean views, gas fireplaces, double soaker tubs & balconies. Or retreat to a tranquil, 2 bedroom Rainforest Cottage (20 Cottage) with full kichen, living room, fireplace and outdoor patio hot tub. Our cottages are ideal for families, two couples or extended stays.The warm and welcoming interiors utilize natural colours, fabrics and textures. Each of the guest rooms include luxurious bathroom amenities, bathrobes, cozy duvets, and waterproof rain jackets and umbrellas.
The Great Room
The Lodge is home to the Great Room which is a central focus of this Tofino Resort – not only home to our restaurant and lounge, but a gathering place for guests with its massive granite fireplace and post and beam construction. Sink into an overstuffed chair, put your feet up, and gaze out to the crashing surf and lighthouse beyond.
The Surf Club & Marine Adventures
The Surf Club Centre is our adventure booking centre… come chat with us and let us know what you are after. We are happy to customize your experience whether it be a private on-site surf lesson or a marine adventure on our brand new charter vessel which seats 12 guests in comfort, has a heated cabin, full washroom facilities and for the exclusive use of Lodge guests. Come explore our pristine marine environment with our captain and in-house naturalist—incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.
Long Beach Lodge is the only Tofino hotel or resort that offers an on-site surf school with full equipment rentals, luxurious apres surf facilities including showers, change rooms, lockers, hot tub & sauna, and Marine Adventure charter service. The Surf Club is a one-of-a-kind facility and a first in Canada that will set a new standard for the surfing world. This spa-like facility is open during the day to all visitors to the Tofino area who wish to experience the professional, customized surf instruction of the Resort’s Surf Club. During the evening Resort guests have exclusive access to the facilities.
The Surf Club Centre also provides stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons and equipment rentals, and houses a gift shop and cappuccino bar with outdoor patio seating.
Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Spread through the forest and along the shore of Upper Campbell Lake the accommodation options at Strathcona Park Lodge are eclectic, varied and perfectly poised for exploring our property, Strathcona Provincial Park and central Vancouver Island.
Couples, individuals and families will find what they need at Strathcona Park Lodge. Our comfortable hotel-style rooms and fully contained cottages, are great for small and large groups. Waterfront cottages are ideal for families and friends, while smaller secluded cottages are perfect for a romantic weekend. Most rooms have a lake view and most cottages are waterfront. Almost every room has a deck, the perfect spot to watch the sun set across Upper Campbell Lake and behind snowcapped peaks.
We also have a chalet at Mount Washington Alpine Resort that sleeps up to 24 people in two units.
Because of our unique construction history we have a wide range of rooms to accommodate a variety of budgets and needs. All rooms are inviting and comfortable. There are no TVs or telephones within the rooms. Refer to our Amenities page to find out more.
Cottages are available year round. Hotel-style accommodation is available from March until November, when our dining room is open
Discover Comox Valley
Perched on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is more than just a location, it’s a lifestyle.
The rolling mountains, rushing rivers, pristine lakes and lush rainforest of the Comox Valley create an outdoor lover’s paradise where it really is possible to enjoy the best of all seasons in a single day. You can be knee deep in an alpine wonderland, then within half an hour be dusting the snow off your boots on a golf course. Locals and visitors both soon discover that in the Comox Valley, outdoor adventure doesn’t take the winter off!
The perfect complement this four-season wonderland is a thriving and sophisticated cultural scene highlighted by more than 50 annual festivals and events celebrating everything from music and wildlife to chocolate and great beer. The Comox Valley boasts four museums, a fascinating heritage driving tour, a dynamic music and theatre scene and numerous art galleries.
In between festivities, dine on delicious local seafood, artisan breads and cheeses, wild mushrooms and berries and pasture raised meats in venues ranging from ocean-side dining rooms to funky neighbourhood bistros.
With direct, daily flights from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is your convenient gateway to the vibrant Comox Valley and the wild west coast.
The Comox Valley is where farm fields meet fine cuisine, where heart-pounding pursuits meet relaxation and where vibrant culture meets the salt of the earth – this is where dreams are realized.”
Visit the communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland and discover the possibilities in the Comox Valley. Fly direct via WestJet from Alberta to the Comox Valley Airport.