Campbell River Kayaking

Ocean kayaking has drawn a large number of people to the Campbell River and Vancouver Island areas as well as some of the outer islands such as Quadra and Cortes. This is a sport not to be missed in the Georgia Strait or Johnstone Strait areas of our coast.

Kayaking Lakes & Estuaries in the Campbell River Region

Kayaking_through_the_pass near Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

With a number of canoe or paddle routes available, the Campbell River area on Vancouver Island offers a paddling Mecca second to none, from paddle boards to canoes or kayaks, just about any self propelled craft is safe in our lake and fresh water systems. Take a look at what we have to offer.

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Ocean Kayaking in Campbell River 

kayaking the rapids at surge narrows Quadra Island British Columbia Canada

Kayaking or Paddle Boarding on the Ocean in the Campbell River area is second to none. Choose your destination, from Quadra Island the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound, any one of a number of Inlets to Tahsis, Gold River or Cape Scott Provincial Park.

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River Running in North Central Vancouver Island

River kayaking is a growing sport and central Vancouver Island BC is a Mecca for the sport. With dozens of Rivers to choose from and water ranging from lower class 1 to Class 5 white water. In the Spring during the freshet, you will find dozens of rivers worth paddling.

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Don’t Be Fooled – Be Prepared

Village Bay Lakes Canoe Route Quadra Island Vancouver Island British Columbia

Kayaking, Paddleboarding or Canoeing on the west coast of British Columbia can be a lot of fun, however there are dangers that need to be addressed before you set out. Your trip plan can be the best part of your paddling trip

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Campbell River Estuary Paddle

Paddling the Campbell River Estuary Vancouver Island BC Canada

Suitable for Kayaking, Canoeing and Paddle boarding the Campbell River Estuary is both a safe and intriguing journey into the past, with small channels, varieties of birds, seals and shoreline wildlife.

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Ocean Kayaking – Campbell River

A_typical_Kayaker_dinner Campbell River region

Kayaking or Paddle Boarding on the Ocean in the Campbell River area is second to none. Choose your destination, from Quadra Island the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound, any one of a number of Inlets to Tahsis, Gold River or Cape Scott Provincial Park.

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Sayward Forest Canoe Route

An evening paddle Campbell River Sayward Forest Canoe Route Vancouver Island BC Canada

The Sayward Forest Canoe Route called a canoe route but is suitable for kayaking and paddle boarding just north of Campbell River this fantastic 4 to 5 day trip encompasses 11 lakes, including Gosling Lake, Higgins Laek, Lawier Lake, Mohun Lake, Twin Lake, Amor Lake, Surprise Lake, Brewster Lake, Gray Lake, Whyper Lake and Fry Lake.

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Crossing the Discovery Passage to Cape Mudge

Paddling from Campbell River to Quadra Island across the passage to Cape Mudge BC Canada

The Discovery Passage is subject to powerful tidal currents however Kayaking or Paddle boarding across this narrow divide can be done, there is just a measure of organisation that needs to be fulfilled first.

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Kayaking or River Rafting – Adam River Canyon

The Adam River Canyon on northern central Vancouver Island BC is not suitable for all white water kayakers, it is an intermediate to expert run with class 3 to class 4+ water. Considered a technical river, this one is a bit of a challenge.

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Village Bay Lakes Canoe Route

Village Bay Lakes Canoe Route Quadra Island British Columbia

The Village Bay Canoe Route is also a spectacular outdoor experience, again suitable for kayaking and paddle boarding. This route is on Quadra Island and encompasses Stramberg Lake, Clear Lake, Little Main Lake, Main Lake, Mine Lake and Village Bay Lake.

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Ocean Kayaking – Cortes Island

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A trip Kayaking or Paddle boarding on Cortes Island always begins at Whaletown, and Gorge Harbour is not to be missed. Van Donop Inlet and Squirrel Cove, Cortes Bay, Smelt Bay Provincial Park and Manson’s Landing Provincial Park are also excellent choices.

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Kayaking or River Rafting – Campbell River

The Campbell River itself on Vancouver Island BC offers some great white water kayaking with easy access, the run is suitable for novice and intermediate kayakers as well as canoeists. It is a short run river which enables beginners to practice their skills in relative safety.

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Ocean Kayaking – Quadra Island

Sea Kayaking Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

The best start off point for Kayaking on or near Vancouver Island, Quadra boasts safe landing for all manner of paddling including boards to Heriot Bay, Rebecca Spit Provincial Marine Park, Surge Narrows, Octopus Island, and Hole in the Wall.

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Kayaking or River Rafting – Eve River

The Eve River on Vancouver Island BC for white water kayaking is suitable for intermediate and advanced kayakers only. A small river in terms of volume over gravel and boulder strewn cascades.

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Ocean Kayaking – Thurston Bay

Humpback_Whale_Kayaking_Haikash_Creek near Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

Some of these Islands require marine transport to access, however Thurston Island offer one of the most appealing inlets with Provincial Marine Parks with secluded beaches and lagoons.

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Kayaking or River Rafting – Nimpkish River 2

Suitable for all levels of kayakers, canoeists and rafters the Nimpkish River 2 is a short Class 2 or 2+ rapid and fat water mix. This Vancouver Island BC specialty river is well known for its’ commercial rafting routes.

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