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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

Go on an adventure with the experts!


NOTE: The service descriptions below are provided by the operators, and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve does not endorse any of these services.


Kayaking/Kayak-Paddle Instruction/Hiking | Wilderness Cruising/Sailing Adventures Wilderness Cruising/Sailing Adventures - Educational Excursions | Wilderness Learning Opportunities for Children |Water Taxi/Eco Tours | Whale Watching/Eco Tours/Eco Talks

Going out with one of our licensed operators is a great way to experience the park. Whether you are looking for a guided tour to discover the unique history and natural beauty of the park reserve or want to take a kayak adventure in the many sheltered bays and coves around the islands, you will benefit from a local operator’s expertise and knowledge on your visit to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.


Kayaking/Kayak-Paddle Instruction/Hiking

Bennett Bay Kayaking

Located in Mayne Island, Bennett Bay Kayaking offers kayaking in the Southern Gulf Islands for scenery and marine wildlife viewing. Bennett Bay Kayaking offers guided half-day tours and kayak rentals, along with over 12 years experience providing kayaking adventures on Mayne Island. SKGABC-certified guides.

E-mail: info@bennettbaykayaking.com
Website: www.bennettbaykayaking.com

Coastal Bliss Adventures Ltd.

Coastal Bliss Adventures Ltd. offers guided single and multi-day hiking, and kayaking tours to wilderness locations on and around Vancouver Island and BC’s coastal regions. Coastal Bliss Adventures also offers single & multi-day instructional kayak programs accredited by Paddle Canada.

E-mail: coastalbliss@shaw.ca
Website: www.coastalbliss.ca

David Dreves Kayaking

Provides kayak tours and certified kayak instruction.

E-mail: info@kayakcourses.ca
Website: www.kayakcourses.ca

Island Escapades

Ocean kayak guided tours offer scenery and wildlife viewing. Multi-day camping expeditions, beginner and advanced stroke and rescue clinics, rentals, BCCA accredited youth camps and guide courses available. All guides are SKGABC certified with a wealth of knowledge about marine ecology. Eclectic beachfront shop in Ganges offers outdoor gear, kayak accessories, lifestyle, surf and skate wear. Two self-contained waterfront accommodations.

E-mail: escapades@saltspring.com
Website: www.islandescapades.com

Kelp Reef Adventures

Offers half-day adventures that highlight Saturna Island’s rich natural beauty. With rocky cliffs and sandy beaches, Saturna Island boasts thick kelp beds, Orca whales and Pacific white sided dolphins. All kayaking gear is provided (including paddling jackets).

E-mail: kelpreef@gmail.com
Website: www.kelpreef.com

Nature Trek Canada

Nature Trek Canada specializes in wilderness travel. They offer trip planning with experienced guides as well as trip planning for independent expiditions, and have designed more than 260 multi-week expeditions and 800 iteneraries for individual travelers.

E-mail: information@naturetrek.ca
Website: www.naturetrek.ca

Ocean River Sports

Ocean River Adventures offers premium paddlesport facilities on Vancouver Island. Offers guided kayak experiences supported by a 36’ landing craft. Tours highlight the area’s spectacular scenery of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, while inspiring a passion for paddling.

E-mail: adventure@oceanriver.com
Website: www.oceanriveradventures.com

Pender Island Kayak Adventures

Pender Island Kayak Adventures offers kayak tours ranging from two hours to four days, featuring Gulf Islands National Park Reserve on most tours. Beginners welcome. Offers rentals for those who want to explore at their own pace. Offers lessons to teach you the necessary skills to paddle with confidence.

E-mail: info@kayakpenderisland.com
Website: www.kayakpenderisland.com

Poets Cove Resort and Spa

Offers both hotel and villa-style accommodation. Located at Bedwell Harbour on South Pender Island. There is a 100 slip marina, spa, restaurants, a range of activities (hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, aqua-fit), 2 heated pools and tennis court available on the property.

E-mail: ng@poetscove.com
Website: www.poetscove.com

Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society

Power To Be provides inclusive adventure programs designed to support people facing significant life barriers. Through collaboration, they connect individuals with nature. The Adaptive Recreation program is a positive community response for people living with a disability to gain access to outdoor programs, while their Wilderness School fosters positive social development and life skills in youth, which encourage leadership and success in other areas of life.

E-mail: info@powertobe.ca
Website: www.powertobe.ca

Salt Spring Adventure Company

Salt Spring Adventure Company has various offers including Gulf Islands kayaking expeditions, a Tofino youth surf camp, a sailing charter, or casual bike ride around the island.

E-mail: info@saltspringadventures.com
Website: www.saltspringadventures.com

SKILS

SKILS offers kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing courses as well as private customized instructional courses and guided trips.
E-mail: info@skils.ca
Website: www.skils.ca

Trek & Treats

Trek & Treats offers experiences on Canada’s West Coast on the Salish Shores Discovery Trail, a multi-day hiking route across the southern tip of Vancouver Island, near Victoria, BC. Explore this intensely scenic region during a 3-6 day self-guided or partially guided walking or multi-sport tour. Enjoy local eateries and stay in rural B&Bs.  
E-mail: info@trekandtreats.ca
Website: www.trekandtreats.ca

Tyak Sea Kayaking

Tyak Sea Kayaking offers day and multi-day sea kayak adventures for youth and adults. Experienced and certified sea kayak guides ensure excellent instruction and fun memorable experiences. Provide a focus on safety.

E-mail: dougt@islandnet.com

Undercurrents Sports Ltd.

Undercurrents is a Paddle Canada lessons provider based in Calgary, Alberta. The “Be Your Own Guide” program consists of 5 evening workshops in Calgary, which teach about tides, currents, weather, packing safety, group management, and more. The progam then moves for 5 days to the Gulf Islands, putting those skills into practice, with the guide(s) there as support.
E-mail: experts@undercurrents.ca
Website : www.undercurrents.ca/instruction


Wilderness Cruising/Sailing Adventures

Bluewater Adventures Ltd.

Offers multi-day wilderness, wildlife and cultural tours. They provide learning journeys for students and adults along coastal B.C. and into southeast Alaska. Their crew lead small group tours along the BC coast on a liveaboard 68” motor-sailors–the Island Odyssey and the Island Roamer.

E-mail: info@bluewateradventures.ca
Website: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Great Bear Coastal Maritime Co. Ltd.

Specializes in cruises along the BC Coast aboard the 1943 wooden-hull and interiors Pacific Yellowfin. Offers culinary cruises through the calm waters of picturesque Gulf Islands. Offers trips further afield outside the park to discover the spectacular fjords of Desolation Sound or venture into the majestic Great Bear Rainforest, home to grizzly, black and the most elusive Spirit Bear.

E-mail: info@pacificyellowfin.com
Website: www.pacificyellowfin.com

Maple Leaf Adventures

Offers expiditions in a 92-foot schooner (Maple Leaf) for a multi-day cruise of the Gulf Islands’ best. Offers sailing trips to remote locations, from white shell beaches to rainforests to wildlife colonies. Offers chance to explore ashore often, guided by expert naturalists. Includes gourmet cuisine, a top-notch crew and comfortable accommodations.

E-mail: kevin@mapleleafadventures.com
Website: www.mapleleafadventures.com

Outer Shores Expeditions

Outer Shores operates expedition-cruises aboard the 70’ classic schooner “Passing Cloud”. Small groups of 6 to 8 guests, along with a crew of professional mariners and expert naturalists, explore and experience the pristine wilderness, stunning wildlife, and ancient cultures of Canada’s Pacific Coast. Activities include wildlife viewing photography, interpretive walks, sailing, sea kayaking, and cultural site visits, all while enjoying fabulous food and exceptional accommodation.

E-mail: info@outershores.ca
Website: www.outershores.ca


Wilderness Cruising/Sailing Adventures - Educational Excursions

SALTS Sail and Life Training Society

Groups participate in five-day voyages to the Gulf Islands each spring and fall. Individual young people join in ten-day summer voyages. Trainees aboard the tall ships Pacific Grace and Pacific Swift are exposed to technical, personal, critical thinking and decision skills required for life and are given opportunities to practice, and learn these skills in a dynamic and genuine environment throughout a sail training voyage.

E-mail: info@salts.ca
Website: www.salts.ca

SEA Programs

SEA Programs Inc. provides five-day sailing educational adventures in the BC Gulf Islands. Sea Programs work exclusively with school groups of 10 to 32 during the school year.

E-mail: info@seaprograms.com


Wilderness Learning Opportunities for Children

Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning

The Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning (GICEL) offers day programs for 6-12 year olds, an early learners program for 3-5 year olds and an environmental leaders program for 13-17 year olds. We use the rich and diverse ecosystems of the Salish Sea (Southern Gulf Islands and Cortes Island) to offer nature-based experiences facilitated by our amazing staff.
E-mail: gicel@gicel.ca
Website: www.gicel.ca

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Offers Salish Sea School Summer Camps at various locations in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Children will enjoy learning about the natural history of the creatures and plants of the Salish Sea with a focus on instilling respect for natural spaces, wildlife and First Nations knowledge.

E-mail: oceaneer1@oceandiscovery.ca
Website: www.oceandiscovery.ca

YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria

YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria's Camp Thunderbird offers two programs that explore the Southern Gulf Island via paddling for youth ages 6-8 and 9-10. Campers will learn the basics as well as leadership development (for the older age group) while appreciating and respecting the natural landscape and wildlife.

E-mail: tbirdmanager@victoriay.com
Website: www.victoriay.com


Water Taxi/Eco Tours

Island Camping Water Taxi Services

Water taxi service providing 24hr, seven-day/week transportation throughout the Southern Gulf Islands. Private charter to marine park areas for hiking, camping, sightseeing, bird watching and enjoying nature. Drop-off and pick-up service for day trips to the park and camp/kayak transportation to distant areas. Offers marine wildlife sightseeing adventures through the Salish Sea and national park reserve.

E-mail: islandcamping@shaw.ca
Website: www.islandcamping.ca

Sidney Harbour Cruise Ltd. / EcoCruising Tours and Charters

Within the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, EcoCruising Tours and Charters offers scheduled boat tours and private group charters along Sidney waterfront including the waters around the Little Group islets and Dock Island. The company also provides water taxi service for hikers and campers to Portland Island, Russell Island and Isle-de-Lis (Rum Island). A water taxi service is available to Sidney Spit during the off-season of the Sidney Spit Alpine ferry service usually early September through to mid-May. Departures in two 12-passenger enclosed vessels are from Sidney Pier (June-September) and Canoe Cove Marina (year-round). Skippers are ecologist guides.

E-mail: info@ecocruising.com
Website: www.ecocruising.com


Whale Watching/Eco Tours/Eco Talks

Sea Quest Adventures / Sidney Whale Watching

Sea Quest offers whale watching trips right out of Sidney, in the heart of the “whale zone”. 

E-mail: info@sidneywhalewatching.com
Website: www.sidneywhalewatching.com

Saturna Island Marine Research& Education Society

Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society / SIMRES organizes sea talks, a series of educational programs for the public featuring some of the top scientists and conservationists around the Salish Sea. Many programs are ‘walk and talk’ presentations in the parks. The organization also assists marine scientists in their research based on Saturna Island.

E-mail: info@saturnamarineresearch.ca
Website: www.saturnamarineresearch.ca