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.

On the Water

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. 

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Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre

Campbell River • North Central Island
250-286-3122
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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

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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…
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Jamie’s Rainforest Inn

1258 Pacific Rim Highway • Tofino • Pacific Rim
1-855-433-2323
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Jamie’s Rainforest Inn sits on 4 acres of old growth rainforest, with trails to private waterfront bird sanctuary on Tofino Inlet. Short drive to town and only 10-minute walk to Chesterman Beach. Restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch

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Jamie’s Rainforest Inn sits on 4 acres of old growth rainforest, with trails to private waterfront bird sanctuary on Tofino Inlet. Short drive to town and only 10-minute walk to…
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Tourism Campbell River & Region

Campbell River & Region • North Central Island
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Welcome to the North Central Island -a spectacular region so full of outdoor recreational adventures that the hardest decision you’ll have to make is what activity to enjoy next. World renowned fishing, whale watching, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, deep sea diving, surfing, caving, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing – challenge yourself a little or a lot.  Campbell River & Region has an irresistible lure to visitors from around the world in search of great outdoor experiences, tranquil beauty, spectacular scenery, and traditional First Nations heritage and culture. Journey through Discovery Passage and Desolation Sound to Quadra and Cortes Islands then west to the salmon fishing capital of the world Campbell River, and inland to magnificent Strathcona Park – BC’s oldest and largest provincial park. Take time to explore Gold River and the preserved gold rush town Zeballos enroute to the rugged West Coast of BC. There are remote fishing lodges, resorts, marinas and campgrounds throughout the region and each community offers friendly hospitably along the way. Accommodations range from charming bed and breakfasts, comfortable hotels and inns, to RV parks, campgrounds and oceanside cabins. Unique shops, artists’ studios and museums provide you with a fascinating array of things to explore and the lush rainforest habitat of north central Vancouver Island is also home many species of wildlife including black bears, bald eagles, Orca killer whales, dolphins, grey whales, great blue herons, sea lions, deer and elk.

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Jamie’s Whaling Station

Tofino, Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-800-667-9913
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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!

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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-…
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Long Beach Lodge Resort

1441 Pacific Rim Highway • Tofino • Pacific Rim
1-877-844-7873
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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.

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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.

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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…
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Tourism Tofino

Tofino • Pacific Rim
250-725-3414
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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.

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Live to Surf

Tofino • Pacific Rim
250-725-4464
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The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!

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The Original Tofino Surf Shop. Family Owned & Operated for 30 Years. Sales Rental Lessons. Fun for Everyone!
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Tourism Cowichan

Taste what Cowichan is all about! Our 17 wineries, most of which are within 30 minutes of each other, produce classic reds, whites and sparkling wines. Cowichan’s climate and setting provide one of the best locales for growing Pinot grapes, and the resulting wines are gaining great respect on the world stage. Fruit wines, blackberry port-style wines, ciders, vodkas and brandies round out the list of delectable libations unique to the Cowichan Region.
Cobble Hill, Cowichan Bay, Duncan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan • Cowichan
1-888-303-3337
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Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

Fully serviced RV Resort & Marina • Ocean View & pull-through sites • 30 & 50 amp power, cable, Wi-Fi • Boat rentals & fishing gear • Coffee House • 3 lane boat launch • Kayak and bicycle rentals
Victoria • South Island
1-877-478-1771
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Coast Mountain Expeditions

Experience the wild coast, salt wind and island time on a kayak journey in BC’s outer Discovery Islands. Our well-organized trips include skills & safety instruction, quality equipment, expert guides, kayak lodge accommodation, and garden-fresh homemade meals. Enjoy friendly local knowledge on affordable wilderness adventures in a spectacular natural environment! Since 1987.
Quadra Island • North Central Island
250-285-2823
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Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes

Come and paddle with us! Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes is locally owned and run by paddlers. We offer rentals, lessons, tours, and sales of kayaks, canoes, and SUPs – and you can launch right from our shop! Our friendly staff of paddlers, instructors, and guides can provide first-hand advice. Whether you are a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, we have the expertise (& gear) to help you get on the water!
Courtenay • North Central Island
1-888-545-5595 • 250-334-2628
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Alert Bay Cabins

All our 14 cabins are built for privacy, include a kitchen and provide a truly west coast ambiance with breathtaking ocean view. When you check into Alert Bay Resort you can relax on your private patio, watch the eagles and listen to the whales in the distance or take a kayak out and explore the coast; you never know what you may see! Only steps from your cabin is one of Alert Bay’s most historic nature trails, where you can walk the the famous boardwalk and experience the mystical surroundings.
Alert Bay • North Island
1.877.974.5457 • 250.974.5457
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Brown’s Bay Resort

Nestled in the Salmon Capital of the world known as Campbell River, Brown’s Bay Resort is just a short 5km drive off hwy 19.  This unspoiled resort includes new Rental Cabins, an oceanfront RV Park, full service Marina with fuel barge, tackle shop, restaurant and launch facilities. Please visit us at brownsbayresort.com for more information and reservation details.
Campbell River • North Central Island
250-286-3135
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Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park

Enjoy waterfront suites with full kitchens overlooking the cove at Dockside 29, or stay at our 48 fully serviced RV sites with ocean and cove views. Our Marina is equipped with power and potable water. WIFI, Onsite Restaurants & Gallery
Telegraph Cove • North Island
1-877-835-2683
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Discovery Islands Lodge

Discover friendly accommodation and kayak adventures at our oceanfront B&B Inn close to Quadra Island lakes, forest trails and BC’s best kayaking! Guided marine park daytrips, kayak camping, skills instruction, local knowledge, kayak and canoe rentals. We offer affordable, comfortable, and memorable experiences in BC’s amazing natural environment. Since 1987.
Quadra Island • North Central Island
250-285-2823
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Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort

Let us package your experience of a Lifetime! Sport fishing • Deluxe facilities 40 oceanview rooms• Full service marina Shower & laundry • Complete marine store Pub & restaurant • Liquor Store
Port Hardy • North Island
1-877-902-0459
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Fair Harbour Marina and Campground

Provides fuel, camping facilities, moorage, boat launch, parking and a general store for visitors to this beautiful and unique area. Fair Harbour is the only road access to Kyuquot Sound’s incredible salmon and halibut fishing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.
Kyuquot • North Island
250-830-2230 (Summer) • 250-287-2775 (Winter)
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Canadian Princess Resort

Located in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island’s west coast, Canadian Princess Resort offers a variety of accommodations: stay on the permanently moored 235’ ship or in traditional shoreside rooms. Savour the thrill of guided fishing trips targeting salmon, halibut and bottom fish and whale watching adventures through the Broken Group Islands.
Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
250-726-7771
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Comox Harbour Charters

See the beautiful Comox Valley from our 40′ charter boat.  We offer many packages to let you experience the natural splendour of our beaches, estuaries, islands, and the Salish Sea.  Choose from one of our popular scheduled trips or rent the whole boat for your special group.  The boat and crew are Transport Canada certified for 12 passengers and can support fishing, kayaking, diving, dining  and sightseeing adventures. We regularly schedule 3 hour Eco, Scenic and Oyster Farm Tours or 2 hour lunch cruises and sell individual tickets. Inquire about our overnight and weekend lodge packages.
Comox •
(250) 218-9146
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Quatse River Regional Park and Campground

62 tenting or RV sites situated within a richly forested regional park. All sites near  river, firewood, washrooms and host. Power, water, sani-dump, free showers, coin laundry, WIFI, firewood, wheelchair accessible, leashed pets welcome. Next to the Quatse Salmon Stewarship Centre. All proceeds fund salmon conservation on Northern Vancouver Island.
Port Hardy • North Island
1-866-949-2395
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Salt Spring Adventure Co.

Explore Salt Spring Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands on our professionally guided Kayak Day Tours or Multi-Day Kayak Expeditions. Or let someone else do all the work and enjoy our Sailing Charters! We also offer paddle board rentals, mountain bike rentals and private mobile yoga for private classes at your location. The Salt Spring Adventure Co is a dynamic and multi-faceted Adventure Company, we are less about making a living and more about living the dream! We put all our energy into making our programs as fulfilling and rewarding as possible, you will be assured a memorable fun adventure!
The Gulf Islands
1-877-537-2764
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West Coast Expeditions

Truly get away, off the beaten path!  Experience the joy and wonder of personalized adventures rich in marine biology, Aboriginal culture, and space to explore.  Join us on Spring Island in remote Kyuquot for inspired sea kayaking, enchanting old-growth forest walks, and diverse wildlife.  Ocean kayak with sea otters and whales 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 25 years by sea kayak – we know you’ll love it.
Kyuquot • Pacific Rim
1-800-665-3040
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Nakwakto Rapids Tours

White water like nowhere else on Earth! Guided by storytellers and a seasoned skipper, visit fascinating traditional waters and listen to ancient tales on a native cultural tour in rugged and beautiful coastal wilderness. Leave behind anything that won’t survive a good soaking. Then pull on helmet and lifejacket for the whitewater ride of a lifetime. The Island’s rivers are at their most powerful when swollen with rain and snowmelt in the winter and spring – dream conditions for experienced kayakers testing their skill, courage and composure. The summer brings gentler flows (i.e. Class I and II conditions in kayaking lingo) suitable for […]
Port Hardy • North Island
250-230-5081
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Wildcoast Adventures

What is the most peaceful non-intrusive way to see killer whales in the wild? Wildcoast’s Orca Camp kayaking trips! This no road access camp is located beside the famous Robson Bight killer whale sanctuary on Vancouver Island and nestled in a rainforest of ancient cedars next to a flowing glacial stream. Enjoy abundant wildlife, kayaking, hiking, spacious safari tents, and evening campfires. Each day, delicious gourmet meals focused on local ingredients are served up in the camp’s heated communal tent. An unforgettable adventure!
Quadra Island • North Central Island
250-285-9453
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Mothership Adventures Inc.

Explore remote coastal British Columbia in luxury! Sea kayaking and cruising tours to Desolation Sound, Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest aboard the immaculate heritage vessel Columbia III. 3-10 day tours. Certified crew and ship. Spectacular wildlife viewing!
Heriot Bay • North Central Island
1-888-833-8887
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Salt Spring Visitor Centre

Ganges • The Gulf Islands
250.537.5252 • 1.866.216.2936
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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 […]
Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland • North Central Island
1-855-400-2882
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Majestic Ocean Kayaking

Ucluelet, BC Vancouver Island, there are hundreds of islands to explore by kayak, with white sandy beaches and temperate rainforests.  In the Broken Group Islands, paddle through clear sparkling waters and in Clayoquot Sound, photograph the abundant wildlife.  Tours include transportation, gourmet meals, certified guides, quality equipment and safety lessons.   It’s an experience of a lifetime to visit this area; a  Unesco Biosphere Reserve and Pacific Rim National Park.
Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-800-889-7644