Kayaking in Victoria


Two-Hour Single- or Double-Kayak Rental from Fairway Gorge Paddling Club (50% Off)

Fairway Gorge Paddling Club

Fairway Gorge Paddling Club

Kayaks, paddles, and safety equipment is provided so kayakers can explore the waters of Victoria Harbor and the Gorge waterway

C$34 C$17

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Two- or Four-Hour Guided Kayak Tour for One or Two from A Paddle in the Park Kayaking (50% Off)

A Paddle in the Park Kayaking

A Paddle in the Park Kayaking

Half-day tour explores intertidal waterways and often encounters seals; novice-level Inner Beauty tour paddles through Tsehum Harbour

C$60 C$30

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San Juan Island Kayaking Tour for One, Two, or Four from Crystal Seas Kayaking (Up to 48% Off)

Crystal Seas Kayaking

Crystal Seas Kayaking

Seasoned guides lead tours along San Juan Island coastline and point out marine species, such as orca, seals, and porpoises

$115 $65

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$39 for a Three-Hour Guided Kayak Tour of Point Doughty from Outer Island Expeditions ($79 Value)

Outer Island Expeditions

Orcas Island

Tours from Orcas Island to Point Doughty State Park; guide points out harbor seals, porpoises, eagles, and shore birds along the way

$79 $39

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Two-Hour Paddleboard or Kayak Rental for One or Two at Vancouver Water Adventures (Up to 55% Off)

Vancouver Water Adventures

Multiple Locations

Paddle through False Creek and English Bay on a paddleboard or single or double kayak

C$33 C$16

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C$29 for a Three-Hour Kayaking Sampler Class at False Creek Community Centre (C$59 Value)

False Creek Community Centre

Granville Island, Vancouver

Certified instructors teach fundamental kayaking skills during three-hour class around False Creek

C$59 C$29

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Two-Hour Single or Tandem Kayak Rental or Intro to Kayaking Class from Vancouver Boating BC (Up to 50% Off)

Vancouver Boating BC

Vancouver Boating BC

Learn to paddle in the sheltered, salty waters of False Creek, or set your own course toward the bay in a borrowed boat

C$40 C$20

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Two-Hour Single- or Tandem-Kayak Rental from Takaya Tours Inc. (Up to 51% Off)

Takaya Tours

Belcarra Regional Park

Sail through the coastal fjord of Burrard Inlet in a single-rider kayak or pair up with a friend in a tandem kayak during two-hour trips

C$35 C$17

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One- or Two-Hour Boat Rental at Deer Lake Boat Rentals (Up to 52% Off)

Deer Lake Boat Rentals

Deer Lake

Witness Deer Lake’s scenic views and abundant wildlife while aboard a kayak, pedal boat, rowboat, or canoe

C$29.12 C$14

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2-Hour Guided Kayak Tour for One, Two, or Four, or Private Tour for Up to Eight (Up to 63% Off)

Harrison Eco Tours

Harrison Eco Tours

Trained guides school guests on safety before leading paddlers part-way down the Harrison River, pointing out historical sites and wildlife

C$100 C$49

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C$189 for a Two-Day Intro Kayak Course and Rolling Clinic from Purple Hayes School of Kayaking (C$275 Value)

Purple Hayes School of Kayaking

Purple Hayes School of Kayaking

Introductory kayaking course teaches students the fundamentals of paddling before they participate in a rolling clinic

C$275 C$189

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Select Local Merchants

  • Epic Surf Co
    Whether paddling out on their own atop a rented board or within eyesight of a Paddle Canada?certified instructor, visitors to Epic Surf Co quickly lose themselves to the sound of seagulls and gently lapping waters. With the mist-covered mountains standing guard on the horizon, paddlers are regularly joined by the region?s natives such as eagles, river otters, and sea lions as they make their way past crescent-shaped beaches and coves. Back on dry land, Epic Surf instructors sign guests up for lessons on the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, advanced skills, and SUP surfing. Techs within an on-site custom shop bring 23 years of experience to their board repair and artwork, and the surf shop showcases all the wares of their trade, including wetsuits and paddles that double as lances for on-the-water jousts.
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    543 Herald St.
    Victoria, BC CA
  • Switch Bridge Tours
    With the waves of Victoria Harbour’s Selkirk Waters lapping just below their headquarters, Switch Bridge Tours’ staff leads bicycle and kayak tours of Victoria and Vancouver Island’s waterways. The business’s proximity to the Galloping Goose and Lochside trails facilitates tours on frequently tuned-up bikes that venture into the Cowichan Valley or along the Saanich Peninsula. Kayaks cease their giant kazoo impressions long enough to cut through the Tod Inlet and the Inner Harbour on beginner or advanced tours. Each experienced guide is certified in First Aid and CPR.
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    80 Regatta Landng
    Victoria, BC CA
  • Brentwood Bay
    Rated one of the Top 10 resorts in Canada and Victoria by Conde Nast's Readers Choice in 2013, Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa is a picturesque destination to enjoy ocean views, comfy beds, roaring fireplaces—and of course, the great outdoors. A variety of packages take the guesswork out of enjoying the surroundings by including amenities such as canoe rentals, narrated cruises through the Cove, and even romantic couples' massages. Afterwards, visitors can kick back on the waterfront patio and enjoy a drink or a meal at the resort's onsite pub
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    849 Verdier Ave.
    Victoria, BC CA
  • Oldest Chinatown Walking Tours
    When Chinese native Ada Wang isn't working as an education assistant, she takes to Chinatown's enigmatic streets to educate the public on the district's vibrant history. As a guide for Oldest Chinatown Walking Tours, the long-term Victoria resident leads tours across the threshold of Bright Pearl's vibrantly coloured, traditional pagoda arch into the busy streets and through the infamous Fan Tan Alley, which is widely regarded as the narrowest street in North America and all of Mars. As she strolls, she teaches guests about the history of Victoria's Chinatown and the brave immigrant families that once called it home, explains any Chinese symbols she comes across, and tells tales from Chinese folklore.
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    1689 Government Street
    Victoria, BC CA
  • Surfside Adventure Tours
    As a 16-year resident of Vancouver Island, Darwin specializes in hosting luxury sightseeing tours, hikes, and kayaking adventures that whisk away groups of family and friends on outdoor adventures. Golfing, skiing, and horseback riding all dominate the agenda, depending on the interest of his guests. Thus, it's no stretch to see why he founded Surfside Adventure Tours, sharing these locales with visitors and locals alike. Kayaking tours whisk participants to Brentwood Bay, Cowichan Bay, and Sidney where they can paddle through pristine waters. During cold-weather seasons, snowboarding tours transport guests to powdery mountains near Whistler, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Washington. While WildPlay Park tours introduce ziplining and bungee jumping, horseback-riding excursions take place along seaside trails. And it's not all strenuous activity, either. Darwin also oversees wine tours and trips to Butchart Gardens, a century-old estate brimming with blooms.
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    1020 Esquimalt Road
    Victoria, BC CA
  • A Paddle in the Park Kayaking
    Kayaks were originally built by hunters hoping to sneak up on their prey. On A Paddle in the Park Kayaking’s guided tours, passengers use the boats for a similarly furtive purpose, sneaking up on wildlife such as harbour seals and mute swans—but nowadays, the goal is usually to snap candid pictures of the diverse flora and fauna. Photography is encouraged on the scenic tours, which explore the archipelago of gulf islands near Sidney, British Columbia, surrounded by clear shallows, kelp gardens, and plentiful wildlife. The varied tours range from a sunset trip, which showcases views of Mount Baker, to a full-day tour that highlights impressive rock formations rather than the most common rock formation, a pebble stuck in a shoe's heel. Kayak rentals complement the tours, allowing for independent exploration, and lessons cover topics from paddling basics to self-rescue.
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    Van Isle Marina Dock A 2320 Harbour Rd.
    Sidney, BC CA