Explore the Water

Water, water everywhere, and so many drops to explore. The numbers add up to a perfect destination for aquatic adventure: 3,340km (2,137 miles) of coastline, 9,396 lakes and an intricate tracery of major and minor river systems.

Kayaks pulled ashore contrast with the crystal clear waters around Hand Island.  Broken Island Group, Barkley Sound.

Kayaks pulled ashore contrast with the crystal clear waters around Hand Island. Broken Island Group, Barkley Sound.

Factor in the neighbouring southern and northern Gulf Islands plus 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 a maritime playground like few others. Jump in and make a splash however you see fit. 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. No matter your speed everyone will have fun frolicking in rivers, lakes, ocean and storm-tossed surf.

What really makes marine activities in the Vancouver Island region exciting is that they are accessible to every skill level, from first-timers to expert thrill seekers and everyone in between. Kayaking, canoeing, boating, sailing, rafting, surfing, diving, windsurfing, and more are available year-round in spectacular freshwater and saltwater settings: serene lakes surrounded by pristine parkland, sparkling rivers that wind through lush valleys and forests, and the magnificent Pacific Ocean with its tree-covered islands and endless shorelines.

When it comes to marine activities, few places in the world can rival the Vancouver Island region. The huge range of options, the outstanding quality of the experiences, and the awe-inspiring scenery — it’s a marine-activity paradise!

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Majestic Ocean Kayaking

Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-800-889-7644
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Hundreds of islands to explore with white sandy beaches and temperate rainforests.  Paddle through clear sparkling waters and photograph the abundant wildlife.  Tours include transportation, gourmet meals, certified guides, quality equipment and safety lessons.   An experience of a lifetime.

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Hundreds of islands to explore with white sandy beaches and temperate rainforests.  Paddle through clear sparkling waters and photograph the abundant wildlife.  Tours include transportation, gourmet meals, certified guides, quality…
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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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Big Bear Salmon Charters

1645 Cedar Rd. • Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
250-726-7263
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Big Bear Salmon Charters, your ultimate choice in fishing the beautiful west coast of Vancouver Island.

Your adventure begins first thing in the morning with an orientation at our office located at the Whiskey Landing Lodge.  You will be suited up in top of the line mustang floatation gear and viking deck boots.  Your custom ordered lunch and coffee await you aboard our fully loaded 282 Grady White Sailfish.  Your guide will go through, in detail, a safety orientation once you have boarded our vessel.  Once you have reached the fishing grounds your guide will teach you step by step procedures in hooking and landing your trophy catch.  It truly is your experience and our guides want you to feel as if you are the one’s catching these majestic fish.  We will take action pictures and photos that will be available after your day is complete.  Once back to our private marina, your guide will process your fish and put your catch on salt ice for transportation.  If you so choose to have our local fish pack cut, vacuum seal, and flash freeze your fish for shipment we will transport your fish for you.

Ucluelet abounds with natural beauty and marine life.  Humback, grey and orca whales all call this area home during the summer months.  As well you will encounter sea-lions, sea otters, doll porpoise and an array of marine bird species.  You may choose to finish your day of fishing up a little earlier and have your guide show you everything there is to see.

This is truly a trip of lifetime when fishing with Big Bear Salmon Charters.  Our guides and office staff will go that extra step to ensure that your day is one of lasting memories.  Give us a call and book your charter with Big Bear Salmon Charters.

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Big Bear Salmon Charters, your ultimate choice in fishing the beautiful west coast of Vancouver Island. Your adventure begins first thing in the morning with an orientation at our office…
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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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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…
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Wiley’s Sportfishing

Port Renfrew •
250 510 2450
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Take in all the beauty and excitement of Vancouver Island’s West Coast with us at Wiley’s Sportfishing. Enjoy hours-long and year-round guided fishing trips in some of the richest salmon and halibut regions in BC. Come out and catch that trophy Tyee! We offer comprehensive fishing and accommodation packages as well as wild life viewing opportunities . Come join us for a memorable trip on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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Take in all the beauty and excitement of Vancouver Island’s West Coast with us at Wiley’s Sportfishing. Enjoy hours-long and year-round guided fishing trips in some of the richest salmon…
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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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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 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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Tourism Nanaimo

Home to the famous “Nanaimo Bar,” Nanaimo & Region is a central Vancouver Island destination with a rich mining history and vibrant cultural attractions. Explore the Morden Mine, sample your way through the tasty Nanaimo Bar Trail or take in a live performance.  Outdoor enthusiasts can Kayak around Newcastle Island, hike or bike an extensive trail network or play in one of our 200+ parks.   From hostels to hotels and art galleries to wave pools, Nanaimo & Region offers something for everyone. It’s amazing what you can do here! Create your Nanaimo & Region escape at http://www.tourismnanaimo.com
Nanaimo • Central Island
1-800-663-7337
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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.
Port Hardy • North Island
250-230-5081
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Jamie’s Whaling Station

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 […]
Tofino, Ucluelet • Pacific Rim
1-800-667-9913
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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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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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Majestic Ocean Bed and Breakfast

Waterfront Bed and Breakfast on Ucluelet Harbour, private entrance rooms with en suite spa inspired bathrooms.  Sleep well in our chiropractic beds with premier quality linens.  Awake to a delicious breakfast prepared in our own kitchen.  Enjoy the chemical free UV hot tub.
Pacific Rim
250-726-2868
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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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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.
Pacific Rim
1-800-665-3040
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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.
North Central Island
250-285-2823
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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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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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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.
North Central Island
250-285-2823
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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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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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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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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!
North Central Island
1-888-833-8887
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Nootka Marine Adventures

Nootka Sound’s finest marina and rv resort; camping, luxury yurts, waterfront chalets and resort suites all in one spectacular property.  Located 45 km beyond Gold River on the road to Tahsis.  Open May long weekend through October.  Nootka Marine Adventures offers world class fishing adventures at two remote lodges in Nootka Sound.  Marina, boat launch, fuels, boat and kayak rentals, charter guides, ice, showers, store, restaurant, pet friendly.  Teeming chinook, coho, halibut, yelloweye and lingcod – and excellent prawning and crabbing opportunities.  Freshwater chinook, coho, chum and trout in numerous remote, pristine streams surrounding the resorts.
Pacific Rim
1-877-337-5464