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Campbell River Water Sports

Paddle, Sail, Dive or Snorkel the Campbell River Region

Campbell River is the starting point to explore the spectacular Discovery Islands archipelago. Quadra Island, Cortes Island and the outer Discovery Islands offer a mix of beaches, coves, rocky headlands and countless areas that are best experienced from the seat of a kayak or canoe.

If you’re a seasoned kayaker or canoe enthusiast there are plenty of areas in which you can self guide with ease or if you’re a beginner there are several kayaking outfitters in the area that make it easy for you to explore and get out on the water with a professional and experienced guide.

If a canoe trip is what you’re after, there is no better place to go than Strathcona Park Lodge, where you can explore easily on your own, or book a guide who will take you out on a canoe excursion that it truly unique. 

Buttle Lake, Strathcona Provincial Park

Buttle Lake, Strathcona Provincial Park

Kayaking

Although the maze of islands accessed from Campbell River can be a kayakers paradise, these islands experience high volumes of water at varying tides, with waters being forced through these small areas it can create standing waves and whirlpools, planning ahead is key. If you’re going out without a guide, plan ahead; making sure you have the proper gear and information, along with strong paddling skills that will ensure you make it though locations like Surge Narrows, Okisollo Channel, or the Seymour Narrows. While these areas would be for the experienced paddler, if your skills are less advanced you can enjoy calm, protected waters in areas like Rebecca Spit Provincial Marine Park on the east side of Quadra Island, or the small forested island and bare rockets inlets of the Breton Islands.

Canoeing

Campbell River is home to one of the most extensive fresh water canoe routes on Vancouver Island. The Sayward Forest Canoe Route is a multi-day navigational challenge, covering 12 lakes and several portages along a 48km loop. This journey is not for the faint of heart, it is a trip of a lifetime and comes with the bragging rights to say you did it! For those that are looking for scenic day trips, you can put your canoe in at Upper Campbell Lake, McIvor Lake, or adventure further into the Strathcona Provincial Park and launch at Buttle Lake and other locations.  If you’re looking for a day trip look into the Main Lake Provincial Park also known as Village Bay Lake routes on Quadra Island. 

The options for fresh and salt water exploration options are abundant in the area, we encourage anyone planning a trip that is looking into water adventure to contact our Visitor Services team to find out more about kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, floating yoga, paddle tours and so much more. They will have the most current information to help you plan your next trip! 

Water Sports

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    Spirit of the West Adventures

    Spirit of the West Adventures

    Award-winning Whales & Wilderness Glamping camps & expedition-style kayaking tours Responsible and respectful kayaking in the realm of orcas and humpback whales All-inclusive tours with excellent guides…
    Destiny River Adventures

    Destiny River Adventures

    Campbell River
    Destiny River Adventures is Vancouver Island’s Premier All-Season River Adventure Company, based in Campbell River, British Columbia. We offer professionally guided river rafting tours ranging…
    Quadra Island Kayaks

    Quadra Island Kayaks

    Quadra Island
    Quadra Island Kayaks is located on the water in Heriot Bay across from Rebecca Spit Provincial Park. Quadra Island is one of the premier sea…
    Discovery Stand Up

    Discovery Stand Up

    Discovery StandUp calls Campbell River home, and provides guided tours throughout Discovery Passage, Desolation Sound and the Strathcona area. Whether you are a beginner or…
    Campbell River Standup Paddle Boarding

    Campbell River Standup Paddle Boarding

    Campbell River
    Campbell River standup paddle boarding offers local tours of sheltered parts of the ocean along the coast of Campbell River, some ​slow moving rivers and…
    Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre

    Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre

    Overlooking the shores of Upper Campbell Lake and a procession of snow-capped peaks, our 160-acre property consists of an eclectic collection of rooms in log…
    WildCoast Kayak Tours & Vacations

    WildCoast Kayak Tours & Vacations

    Quadra Island
    What should you expect on a Wildcoast Adventure sea kayaking tour? Operating from our shop on Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada our team of professional guides…
    Comox Valley Kayaks

    Comox Valley Kayaks

    Courtenay
    Comox Valley Kayaks and Canoes has been in operation in Courtenay since 1991. We have been under the same local ownership for over 27 years,…
    Island Joy Rides Inc.

    Island Joy Rides Inc.

    Campbell River
    We are experience makers. Born out of a love for the outdoors and the sense of freedom that cycling and paddling brings, our boutique bicycle…