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No Paddler Is An Island. But This Region Is. Here’s How to Best Experience It.

The largest island on the west coast of the Americas, Vancouver Island is a destination that’s usually associated with ocean paddling, but it also offers excellent freshwater opportunities, including one of BC’s best canoe circuits located in a pristine forest northwest of Campbell River. The surf scene in Tofino is legendary here, as is the old-school British charm of the provincial capital of Victoria, but this region also includes the smaller Gulf and Discovery Islands where you’ll find remote beaches, secluded bays, and vibrant artistic communities.

Featured waterways in Vancouver Island

Here are some of the area’s best bodies of water to dip into.

Meet the specialists Vancouver Island

From guides and instructors to marina owners and sales reps, here are the people who will ensure you’re not sent up the creek without a, well, you know. 

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Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions

Experience eco excursions on a kayak or paddle board with Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions.

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King Fisher

King Fisher offers guided sea kayaking tours along the Great Bear Rainforest, Haida Gwaii, and Northern Vancouver Island.

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West Coast Expeditions Kayaking Tours

Experience kayak-fishing and more with West Coast Expeditions.

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