Top 5 Must-Visit Kayaking Destinations on North Vancouver Island

September 2023

For the Adventurous Kayaker

Are you ready to embark on a kayaking adventure like no other? North Vancouver Island offers some of the most breathtaking and pristine kayaking destinations in Canada, and as the experts at North Island Kayak, we’re here to guide you through these remarkable waters. Join us as we explore the top five must-visit kayaking destinations on North Vancouver Island, with a special focus on the enchanting Telegraph Cove and our unforgettable tours.

1. Telegraph Cove: Where History Meets Natural Beauty

Our journey begins in Telegraph Cove, a charming and historic village nestled on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. Known for its colorful waterfront boardwalk, Telegraph Cove is your gateway to unforgettable kayaking experiences. At North Island Kayak, we offer guided tours that depart from this picturesque cove. Paddle through crystal-clear waters, spot orcas and humpback whales, and immerse yourself in the rich history of this area. Telegraph Cove is a true gem for kayakers and history enthusiasts alike.

2. Johnstone Strait: Encounter Orcas in the Wild

Just north of Telegraph Cove lies Johnstone Strait, one of the best places on the planet to witness orcas in their natural habitat. Our kayaking tours in Johnstone Strait offer you a front-row seat to these majestic creatures. Glide silently through the waters as pods of orcas pass by, a truly awe-inspiring experience that you’ll cherish forever.

3. Robson Bight Marine Provincial Park: Pristine Wilderness Awaits

Robson Bight, part of the larger Robson Bight Marine Provincial Park, is an ecological reserve that’s home to a variety of wildlife, including seals, sea lions, and porpoises. We are not too far from this pristine wilderness, where you can witness the raw beauty of British Columbia’s coastal ecosystem. This area is perfect if you’re looking to paddle through secluded coves, marvel at the lush rainforests, and experience the unspoiled nature that makes North Vancouver Island so special.

4. Broughton Archipelago: Explore Coastal Paradise

The Broughton Archipelago is a kayaker’s dream, with countless islands, islets, and secluded beaches waiting to be explored. Our guided tours take you deep into this coastal paradise, and our tours will allow you to navigate through narrow channels, encounter playful sea otters, and soak in the tranquility of the surrounding wilderness. It’s a paddler’s haven that showcases the natural wonders of North Vancouver Island.

5. Knight Inlet: Majestic Fjords and Waterfalls

Heading further north, Knight Inlet beckons with its dramatic fjords and cascading waterfalls. Touring in this region let you marvel at the rugged coastline, spot black bears along the shores, and witness the beauty of cascading waterfalls plunging into the sea. Knight Inlet offers an unforgettable kayaking experience that’s truly off the beaten path.

Wherever you go the North Island will stun you with its incredible beauty and perfect paddling condions, so don’t wait and join us next summer for an experience you’ll never forget!