The ocean shores and fresh water lakes of the cowichan valley are some of the best kayaking spots on vancouver island

Water sports

One of the things you can’t help but notice while standing atop Mount Tzouhalem or driving the Malahat Drive is the fact that the Cowichan Valley is bordered by the ocean. Never been in a kayak, a canoe or on a paddleboard? No problem – there are places that can get you out paddling in minutes. Swimming, beachcombing, scuba diving, sailing and whale watching are also very popular here.

The Cowichan Valley is also where three major rivers empty into the Salish Sea. All three provide the opportunity for fishing, whitewater kayaking and, in the summer months, swimming and tubing in refreshing, crystal clear water. The Cowichan River flows from 30 kilometre-long Cowichan Lake, home to the town of Lake Cowichan, the community of Youbou (pronounced “yoo-bow”), Mesachie Lake and Honeymoon Bay. Once a focus of lumber operations, Cowichan Lake is now a freshwater playground famous for its house boating, kayaking, fishing and camping.

Shawnigan Lake, just west of Mill Bay, is also well worth a visit. It is home to a village of the same name and is a popular place for canoeing, rowing, swimming and fishing. Much farther west lies Nitinat Lake, an internationally acclaimed windsurfing and kiteboarding destination that’s home to Windfest, the Canadian National Kite Racing Championships.

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Maple Bay Marina

Maple Bay Marina

Famous for breathtaking views and stunning natural beauty, Maple Bay Marina is the largest marina north of Victoria, featuring 400 slips (visitor and long term), nightly float home accommodations, kayak rentals, hiking, fuel dock, laundromat, showers, full service boatyard, chandlery, Shipyard Restaurant & Pub, and Mariners Market & Espresso Bar.
6145 Genoa Bay Rd, Duncan, Genoa Bay, Maple Bay, BC
Ocean Ecoventures

Ocean Ecoventures

Our daily 3 – 4 hour or full day 8-hour Whale Watching and Wildlife tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise as well as a myriad of marine birds on your whale watching eco tour.

Our team of professional captains have a commitment to responsible wildlife viewing, education and conservation

1721 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cowichan Bay, BC
Blue Dog Kayaking

Blue Dog Kayaking

Based in Mill Bay & Sidney we offer Kayak & paddle board Instruction,Tours & Rentals. If you want to learn or advance with your kayak skills please check out our Paddle Canada courses. For the whole family we offer Wildlife, Sunset & All day guided Kayak Tours no experience required.
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We want to make paddling fun & accessible to all @ The Cowichan Valley’s #1 Paddling Destination’ !
740 Handy Rd, Cobble Hill, Malahat, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, BC
Sealegs Kayaking Adventures

Sealegs Kayaking Adventures

200 Captain Tristan de Koninck Way, Ladysmith, BC

Wilderness Kayaking

6683 Beaumont Ave, Duncan, BC
Coastal Bliss Adventures / Cowichan Bay Kayaking

Coastal Bliss Adventures / Cowichan Bay Kayaking

Explore Cowichan, and Vancouver Island by Kayak! Watch Sea Lions, otters, and seals swim; bald eagles soar above, and maybe even get a glimpse of Orca or Humpback whale feeding. Cowichan is also, a bird watchers haven! Let Coastal Bliss Adventures show you the magnificence of the Cowichan Valley and Vancouver Island!
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Vancouver Island Expeditions

Pacific Northwest Raptors

Fairburn Farm

Cowichan Knitters

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Villa Eyrie Resort

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Coastal Circle Route

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