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BC Water Activities

British Columbia is a paradise for every kind of human-powered boating, from canoeing and kayaking to whitewater rafting. Glide peacefully atop the smooth waters of Vancouver’s English Bay, take a thrilling rafting tour down the Kicking Horse River, or paddle along energetic, glacier-fed rivers.

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Alpine Rafting

The Kicking Horse River is renowned as the Whitewater Gem of the Canadian Rockies boasting British Columbia's and Alberta's biggest whitewater thrills.

2017 marks Alpine Rafting's 34th year on the Kicking Horse River. We offer half and f...

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Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit

Paddling through the picturesque Bowron Lakes in the Cariboo Mountains is a classic wilderness experience. Hike, paddle and camp along this 116-km/72-mi series of lakes, rivers and portages. Dramatic and varied scenery, thick forests, wilderness camping and plenty of wildlife are all part of the adventure - it’s no wonder that Outside Magazine named this “one of the top 10 canoe trips in the world”. The number of paddlers allowed into the circuit is limited, so be sure to book campsites and a launch date with BC Parks’ Discover Camping Reservation service.
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Bowron Lake Canoe Tours

Join us on this uniquely Canadian wilderness experience. The Bowron Lakes is a circuit 110 km (66 mi) long with interconnecting lakes & rivers. Offering a variety of landscapes with breathtaking snow-capped mountains, azure lakes, sandy beaches & ...
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Whale Watching in BC

Thrill to the sound of a tail splashing, watch for a parade of dorsal fins cutting through the... Read more water and gasp in delight as a whale breaches.  Orca, humpback, minke and grey whales an be seen throughout BC's coastal waters.  Join organized tours from Vancouver, Richmond, Victoria, Tofino, Ucluelet, Telegraph Cove, Campbell River and Prince Rupert.

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Canoeing the Columbia River/Columbia Wetlands

Great blue herons and a wealth of waterfowl make their homes here, in one of North America's longest continuous series of wetlands. Enjoy a guided day trip, or take a multi-day paddle from Invermere to Golden.
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Canoe Trips in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Wells Gray Provincial Park, in the Thompson Okanagan region is home to Murtle Lake, North America’s largest paddle-only lake. Go canoeing along pristine, wildlife-dotted shores miles from civilization. In the evening, set up camp, make a crackling fire and pan-fry fresh trout. Guided canoe trips are readily available in the park. Try BC Backcountry Adventures, which has more than 25 years of professional guiding experience in Wells Gray.
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Deep Cove Kayak and Canoe Trips

Deep Cove, just half an hour from downtown Vancouver, is a gateway to Indian Arm, a gorgeous 18-km/11-mi, mountain-encased fjord offering kayaking excursions ranging from a few hours to multi-day. Stretch out on a remote beach, explore an island, or just take in magnificent views and paddle until dusk. Tthe Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak Centre has rentals and everything required for an adventure.

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English Bay Kayaking Tours

Take a paddle-powered tour of Vancouver on a kayak tour of English Bay or False Creek. Float past Stanley Park or Granville Island, learn about Vancouver's history, and enjoy the sights and sounds of one of North America’s most dynamic port cities. A guided trip on English Bay is great for beginners and can include instruction. Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres offers rentals, lessons and tours, and has three locations: Granville Island, Jericho Beach and English Bay.

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Fraser River Raft Expeditions

At Fraser River Raft Expeditions. we are proud to offer a variety of expeditions down the Fraser & its tributaries. The river trips we offer vary from large volume rivers, like the mighty Fraser & Thompson, to small volume such as the Nahatlatch &...
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Sport Fishing in BC

British Columbia is a sport fishing paradise. Go deep sea fishing off shore, test your strength... Read more against a massive freshwater sturgeon or cast for trout on thousands of sparkling lakes and countless rivers. Cast a line for the hard-fighting wild steelhead on the Skeena River or hook a trophy salmon or halibut off the Northern BC coast. Accommodations range from floating lodges to seaside hotels.

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Kayaking in the Gulf Islands

Watch for otters, seals and birdlife as you glide through the waters of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, a protected marine environment off Vancouver Island’s eastern shore. Dotted with remote coves, white shell beaches and intricate rock formations, this maze of isles makes for an idyllic paddling environment. Enjoy kayaking this area in style - gourmet food, great wine and camping under the stars - on a weekend paddling adventure with Sealegs Kayaking Adventures or Edible Canada.
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Kayaking the Broken Group Islands

Spot eagles, seals and whales as you paddle among more than 100 islands in the Broken Group Islands, part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
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Kicking Horse River Rafting

Get schooled by class IV rapids on the Kicking Horse River. Rushing through heart of the Canadian Rockies, the Kicking Horse River offers one of North America’s most exciting whitewater rafting experiences. Enjoy Class II to Class IV rapids in the scenic Kicking Horse Canyon, and hold on tight through legendary rapids like Rollercoaster, Twin Towers and Eye of the Needle. Full-day and half-day excursions, family trips, leisurely floats and riverside BBQs are available. Glacier Raft Company and Wet N' Wild Adventures, in Golden, are rafting tour companies that run the river.
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Prince of Whales Whale Watching

Prince of Whales has been sharing our whale watching & marine wildlife experiences for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver & Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local waters. Our floating classrooms prov...
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Rafting the Fraser and Thompson Rivers

Skuzzy Rock, Hell’s Gate, Jaws of Death, Devil’s Kitchen and Simpson’s Falls are just some of the big-time rapids to negotiate on a whitewater rafting tour of the mighty Fraser and Thompson rivers. Trips also include gorgeous scenery and glimpses of the Cariboo Wagon Road, a narrow horse-and-wagon trail built during the 1860s gold rush. Kumsheen Rafting Resort is a great option; they offer comfortable teepees, canvas tents or campsites. Kumsheen is located 3.5 hours northeast of Vancouver near Lytton.
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River Rafting in Whistler

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Try a whitewater rafting trip down Green River in Whistler.... Read more Start the journey on placid Green Lake to learn safety and paddling procedures, then hit the 7-km/4.5-mi river, where fun-filled rapids and mountain scenery awaits. After rafting, stroll through Whistler Village, have dinner on Longhorn Saloon’s sunny patio and unwind at a great hotel such as The Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Sewell's Sea Safari Eco-Tour

Take a 2 hour boat ride on Vancouver's wild side. In Howe Sound you'll find yourself racing beside steep cliffs, watching seals at play, exploring sea caves & witnessing a variety of marine birds, including the majestic bald eagle. With an experie...
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Canoeing on Christina Lake

Dip your paddle into one of Canada's warmest lakes, set against the Monashee Mountains in the Thompson Okanagan region.
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