Vancouver Island is gorgeous – people travel from all over the world to experience the lush wilderness, the gorgeous cities and of course, the ocean. No matter where you are traveling on Vancouver Island, you’re sure to find breathtaking ocean views. The feeling of the fresh breeze as it stirs your hair and fills your lungs with chilly air is unbeatable. You can experience our gorgeous Salish Sea from any one of the many beaches that dot our coast or you can step off dry land and head out into the open waters and experience the ocean as she was meant to be experienced.
On the southwest coast of Vancouver Island is the picturesque town of Sooke. This outdoor lover’s paradise is a perfect area to head out for a day of relaxing exploration. Close to Pacific Coast Beach House is West Coast Outdoor Adventure where you’ll find super friendly, knowledgeable staff that can help you rent a kayak to head out on your own or you can opt for a guided tour and learn about the surrounding waterways. They also have bikes and stand-up paddleboards or SUPs for rent for something a little different! If you’re staying at Arbutus Hill in beautiful Metchosin, Rush Adventures can help you with all your kayaking needs! They have a super easy, flexible punch-card system for rentals – you have the check out their burger and paddle deal! – as well as guided tours.
For anyone in the Victoria area or if you’re staying at EMR (Victoria anywhere, more than one is great) there are two top kayak rental and tour companies right downtown. You can’t go wrong with a visit to Ocean River Sports for all your kayaking and SUP needs. This local, industry juggernaut has a plethora of kayaks and SUPs for every skill level as well as lessons for the newbies and an impressive lineup of tours no matter what you’re looking for. In the heart of Victoria’s historic inner harbour is the quirky Victoria Kayak – whose tagline is Kayak – because Zombies can’t swim. With their reasonable rates, pressure free, knowledgeable staff, this super fun, long standing, local company is an excellent choice. North of Victoria, at the top of the Saanich Peninsula and nearby EMR (Sidney) is A Paddle in the Park an award winning local company that is uniquely located just a few minutes’ paddle from our stunning Gulf Islands. This proximity provides visitors with the opportunity to extensively explore the islands’ shallows, hidden waterways and wildlife all while being protected from wind or inclement changes in weather.
If you’re outside of Victoria or if you are staying at EMR (Malahat, Cow Bay) you’re just a short drive away from Wilderness Kayaking in beautiful Maple Bay. This long standing, local company has so much to offer every experience level. From beginner lessons on kayak safety to more advanced navigational lessons and multi-day tours to afternoon jaunts – this little company is a local heavyweight in the water adventure biz.
Anyone visiting the Parkville and Qualicum area and those guests at EMR (Parksville/Nanoose Bay/Qualicum), have an incredible resource for outdoor adventure rentals with Oceanside Outfitters. This small, locally owned and operated business goes above and beyond with every customer. Whether you’re renting a kayak for the day or eager to take up the hobby, the knowledgeable and helpful staff is ready to make sure you find exactly what you are looking for.
Kayaking isn’t for everyone, sometimes you might look at a kayak and think we’re going to need a bigger boat. We hear you – that’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best places to rent a seafaring vessel, with a motor. Metchosin is a stunning area to explore by sea and if you are staying at either EMR (Sooke / Metchosin), Pedder Bay RV resort and Marina is your best bet. They have a solid fleet of easy to maneuver boats that are perfect to sightsee or fish from – plus you don’t need a pleasure craft operator’s license to rent so it’s perfect for us landlubbers.
There’s lots to see and do on south Vancouver Island but taking to the water gives you a totally different perspective of our coast. For guests at EMR (Saanich Peninsula), Victoria Boat Rentals is your spot in Sidney to find comfortable, safe, easy to manage boats to explore the coast of Sidney and beyond. With reasonable rates, knowledgeable staff and optional salmon fishing rigs, Victoria Boat Rentals is a perfect for every skill level. If you’re an experienced sailor and looking for a more high end vessel, Island Cruising has an impressive fleet that includes everything from catamarans to yachts.
Just a short trip from EMR (Parksville/Qualicum) is the prestigious Nanaimo Yacht Charters. Poised at the top of the gulf islands and only a short cruise away from the Sunshine Coast on the Mainland, Nanaimo Yacht Charters is uniquely situated to provide guests with endless exploration possibilities. With an impressive fleet of yachts, sailboats and catamarans, if you’re looking for an upscale, once-in-a-lifetime nautical experience, you will find everything you need and more.