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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

Go on an adventure with the experts!

Kayaking/Hiking | Wilderness Cruising/Sailing Adventures - Educational Excursions | Wilderness Learning Opportunities for Children | Water Taxi/Eco Tours | Whale Watching/Eco Tours/Eco Talks | Sport Fishing/Eco Tours | Packaging & Event Service

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.


Bennett Bay Kayaking

While visiting Mayne Island, experience some of the best 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.

Address: 559 Arbutus Drive, Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J1
Phone: 250-539-0864

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.

Address: 4865 Bench Road, Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N1
Toll Free: 1-800-896-9525 (North America)
Fax: 1-866-931-3108

Island Escapades

Ocean kayak guided tours since 1990 offer amazing 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.

Address: 163 Fulford Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, BC
Phone: 250-537-2553
Toll-free: 1-888-529-2567
Fax: 250-537-2532

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).

Address: Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria, BC
Phone: 250-386-7333

Nature Trek Canada

After 23 years, Nature Trek Canada remains at the forefront of innovative wilderness travel. We do so by relying on extensive local experience, thorough trip planning and personal contact with you, the traveler. After guiding more than 260 multi-week expeditions and designing over 800 itineraries for individual travelers, we have learned to provide an experience that will last you a lifetime.

Address: 220 Hillcrest Drive, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1Y4
Phone/Fax: 250-653-4265

Ocean River Sports

Ocean River Adventures is one of the premium paddlesport facilities on Vancouver Island. Offers guided kayak experiences in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve that highlight the area’s spectacular scenery while inspiring a passion for paddling.

Address: 1824 Store Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4K4
Phone: 250-381-4233
Fax: 250-361-3536

Pender Island Kayak Adventures

Come experience the Salish Sea in fashion, in a pollution-free kayak! We offer tours ranging from two hours to four days, featuring Gulf Islands National Park Reserve on most tours. Beginners welcome. Want the experience to explore at your own pace? We have an extensive fleet for all of your rental needs. We also offer lessons to teach you the necessary skills to paddle with confidence.

Address: PO Box 103, Pender Island, BC V0N 2M0
Phone: 250-629-6939

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.

Address: 9801 Spalding Road, Pender Island, BC V0N 2M3
Phone: 250-629-2100
Fax: 250-629-2105

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 to discover their limitless ability. Our 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.

Address: 1017 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3K5
Phone: 250-385-2363
Fax: 250-385-2360

Salt Spring Adventure Company

Salt Spring Adventure Company is a dynamic and multi-faceted adventure company. We are less about making a living and more about living the dream! We put all our energy into making our programs as fulfilling and rewarding as possible. Whether it is a Gulf Islands kayaking expedition, a Tofino youth surf camp, a sailing charter, or casual bike ride around the island, you will be assured a fun and memorable outdoor experience.

Address: #7 – 126 Upper Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Phone: 250-537-2764


SKILS offers kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing courses as well as private customized instructional courses and guided trips. Staff are highly certified and experienced.

Address: Box 727, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0
Phone: 250-726-5119

Trek & Treats

Trek & Treats invites you to experience 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. Travel at your own pace, with your own company.

Address: Based in Victoria, BC
Phone: 778-433-9255

Wilderness Cruising/Sailing Adventures

Bluewater Adventures Ltd.

Offers multi-day wilderness, wildlife and cultural tours (since 1974). They provide learning journeys for students and adults along coastal B.C. and into southeast Alaska. Their experienced crew lead small group tours along the BC coast on our liveaboard 68” motor-sailors–the Island Odyssey and the Island Roamer. With respect and admiration for their surroundings, they aim to provide guests with a memorable experience.

Address: 3-252 E. First Street, North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3
Phone: 604-980-3800
Fax: 604-980-1800

Great Bear Coastal Maritime Co. Ltd.

Cruise the BC Coast aboard the 1943 wooden-hull and interiors Pacific Yellowfin to discover beautiful landscapes and stunning wildlife. Take a culinary cruise through the calm waters of picturesque Gulf Islands. Go 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.

Address: #102-8380 St. George Street, Vancouver, BC V5X 3S7
Phone: 604-321-2124
Fax: 604-266-1938

Maple Leaf Adventures

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer’s and "Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure, step aboard the classic, 92-foot schooner Maple Leaf for a multi-day cruise of the Gulf Islands’ best. Sail to remote locations, from white shell beaches to rainforests to wildlife colonies. Explore ashore often, guided by expert naturalists. Includes gourmet cuisine, a top-notch crew and comfortable accommodations.

Address: PO Box 8845, Stn Central, Victoria, BC V8W 3Z1
Phone: 250-386-7245
Toll-free: 1-888-599-5323
Fax: 250-386-7246

Mayne Tours and Charters

Mayne Tours and Charters is a Mayne Island based sightseeing company offering intimate adventurous boat tours, customized charters, including photo coaching, and water taxi services in the Southern Gulf Islands. Come and explore the Gulf Islands from the water getting a closer look at the splendid flora and fauna. Check our website for more details.

Address: 710 Horton Bay Road, Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J2
Phone: 250-539-2123
Fax: 250-539-2190

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.

Address: 360B Harbour Road, Victoria, BC V9A 3S1
Phone: 250-220-2311

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.

Address: PO Box 5014, Station B, Victoria, BC V8R 6N3
Phone: 250-383-6811
Fax: 250-383-7811

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.

Address: PO Box 2092, Sidney, BC V8L 3S6
Phone: 250-896-3559 or 250-889-8227
Fax: 250-652-1433
Website: under construction

Westcoast Adventure College

Our mission is to provide knowledgeable, confident, certified graduates who are sought after in the Adventure Tourism Industry. Throughout the 8-month program, our students gain in-depth knowledge and skills through theory classes, practical fieldwork and realistic workplace evaluations.

Address: 5449 Sooke Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0C8
Phone: 250-642-2331
Fax: 250-592-2452

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. We strive to provide participants with connections to nature that will last a lifetime.

Address: 171 Georgina Point Road, Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J1
Phone: 250-539-5745

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.

Address: 9811 Seaport Place, Sidney, BC V8L 4X3
Phone: 250-665-7511
Fax: 778-426-0715

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 100% pure nature. Drop-off and pick-up service for day trips to the park and camp/kayak transportation to distant areas. Take a marine wildlife sightseeing adventure through the Salish Sea and national park reserve. Get a group together and “create your own adventure”.

Address: 9461 Braun Crescent, Sidney, BC V8L 4Z2
Phone: 250-656-4826
Fax: 250-656-4830

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.

Address: 4096 Raymond Street North, Victoria, BC V8Z 4L6
Phone: 250-655-5211

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”. You will have less travel time and more “whale time” providing for the best experience possible.

Address: #105-2537 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC V8L 1Y3
Phone: 250-656-7599

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.

Address: PO Box 117, Saturna Island, BC V0N 2Y0
Phone: 250-539-3698

Sport Fishing/Eco Tours

Edgewater Pacific Navigation

Offers school at sea, eco-tours and sport fishing charters in the Gulf Islands area. The Edgewater Fortune is a 154-foot converted mine sweeper. It is available for private and corporate charters.

Address: 64 Seymour Court, New Westminster, BC V3L 4M6
Phone: 604-765-2115
Fax: 604-526-0293

Packaging & Event Service

Tides Adventure Group Inc.

Tides is the premier destination and event service for Sidney, the Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands. Tides will deliver a very well organized and creative approach in making your trip or activity a remarkable experience. Kayak tours, whale-watching, hiking and more.

Address: 306 – 2380 Brethour Avenue, Sidney, BC V8L 2A5
Phone: 250-999-2997