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A Guide to Sea Kayaking on Vancouver Island

Sea kayaking Victoria, BC

West Coast Sea Kayaking: Vancouver Island

Sea kayaking is perfect for each and every experience level. We love the ability to see cities and coastlines from a new perspective, witness wildlife in a personal way, cruise around the nooks and crannies of the ocean and challenge ourselves to push harder hour after hour, day after day. Yervana Local, Aaron, explains what makes kayaking around Vancouver Island so special:

Tranquility. Getting away from the noise of the city and out into a backdrop like this. 

On a clear day, you can see Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountains. There’s no honking and no rush for anything – except beating the currents maybe, but that can be fun as well!

From multi-day kayak tours to kayak lessons, advanced skill training to wildlife viewing and ocean exploration, Vancouver Island supports your sea kayaking needs! Explore the harbor and bays near Victoria or head out to secluded spots along the coastline and discover why slow pace living is such a big way of life on Vancouver Island. 

Sea Kayaking Victoria, BC

Getting Out

As a Paddle Canada Certified Instructor and SKGBC Guide, Local, Aaron, offers a variety of sea kayaking tours, lessons, and clinics. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, his Adventures will keep you excited and entertained the whole way through. 

Sea Kayak Tours (3 Hours)

If you’re looking to get out on the water during a visit to Victoria (or try kayaking for the first time) these tours are an ideal way to experience kayaking on Vancouver Island. Choose between the Victoria Inner Harbour Kayak Tour or the Oak Bay Shoreline Tour. Both options will allow you to view land from a new perspective. From seals and starfish to quirky floating homes, these tours will get you hooked on kayaking! All gear and kayak rentals are included, all you need to do is bring your sense of adventure!

Sea Kayak Clinics (3 Hours) 

For those looking to explore Victoria while stepping up your kayaking skills, there are a few options you can choose from in this Adventure. Decide between a general knowledge kayaking clinic, a stroke, brace, or rescue clinic, or a how to roll clinic! The Adventure you choose will affect the location. But you can expect to sharpen your skills in calm waters such as Cadboro Bay, Thetis Lake, or MacAulay Point Park. Again, all gear and kayak rentals are included.

Sea Kayaking On Vancouver Island

Single to Multi-Day Tours:

Multi-day tours are the perfect way to explore further and get some camping in! These trips are designed to help you hone your sea kayaking skills, but also get to know the area in a deeper way. Gear and kayak rentals are included with these trips too. If you’re traveling in from afar, that’s one less thing to squeeze into your luggage allowance!

Aaron wants to ensure you get the most out of your desired trip. He will stay by your side every step of the way plotting the route, monitoring the weather, assisting in loading and unloading of boats, and teaching you whatever you want to learn. Although he has some suggestions for tour routes, if you have an area in mind, let him know! He’s happy to create the right tour for you.

Multi-day Location Suggestions for Kayaking on Vancouver Island: 

  • The Gulf Islands | 1-10 Days
  • Broken Group Islands | 3-10 Days
  • Deer Group Islands | 2+ Days
  • Quadra Island | 2+ Days

Local Insight

Sea Kayak Guide, Aaron Miller

Yervana Local, Aaron, has lived on Vancouver Island for years and knows it’s a unique spot for sea kayaking:

We have such a big playground. The currents that run through here are very dynamic. People come from everywhere to be on these waters.”

Have Fun & Stay Safe 

Whether you’re new to kayaking or it’s your first time paddling on Vancouver Island, it’s important to be aware of your abilities and the location you’re in. To make sure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible, we would always recommend heading out with a certified sea kayak guide who can also provide you with the necessary safety gear and equipment. 

Getting your head around local currents, marine traffic and changing weather conditions can be a challenge, but that’s what your guide is for! They can ensure that you’re paddling in areas that are suited to your abilities on the water – be it calm quiet bays or somewhere a little more challenging to stretch your skills. This leaves more time for you to learn new techniques and pick up fun bits of local knowledge along the way.

Read more about Yervana’s commitment to safety.

See you on the water!

For outdoor Adventures on Vancouver Island, try Yervana. Our Local hosts can take you out kayaking from Victoria, or exploring on land with rock climbing and hiking Adventures in Victoria and Sooke.

Related reading: A Local’s Guide to Victoria, BC



Three hours of coaching and instruction with a Paddle Canada Certified Instructor and a SKGABC guide. These clinics are suitable for beginners through to intermediate level kayakers.



Single Day or multi-day trips throughout the Gulf Islands, Broken Group, Deer Group and more. These tours are fully outfitted and suitable for beginner through to intermediate skill levels.

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