Sea Kayaking

Paddling on the West Coast is a bucket list item. Start with sea kayaking lessons, then join us for a weeklong tour in summer.


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Sea Kayak Gear, Clothing & Food

In this evening lecture, you'll learn the basics of clothing/gear selection and menu-planning for a sea kayaking trip. We'll also look at packing strategies and waterproofing. Discover how to get it all in your kayak and still have room for a surprising variety of quality food. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, course materials.

Sea Kayak Rescue - Pool Clinic

Thinking of sea kayaking on the coast? In this 1.5 hour clinic, you'll learn flat-water kayak rescues, bracing techniques (to prevent capsizing), paddle float and assisted/sling rescues—all in the comfort of the University of Calgary pool. Practice on your own in Open Recreation Pool Sessions. Prerequisite: none. A wetsuit is recommended. Includes: instructor, all sea kayaking gear.

Sea Kayak Roll - Pool Clinic

Learning to roll a sea kayak could get you out of a sticky situation on the ocean. Receive step-by-step instruction in this 2-hour clinic to help you complete your first roll in the safety of the University of Calgary pool. A great confidence builder! Prerequisite: River Kayak Roll Introduction if rolling is a new skill for you. You many wish to bring a nose plug. Includes: instructor, all sea kayaking gear.

Sea Kayak Navigation (Chart & Compass)

Learn how to read a nautical chart and use a marine compass—a must have, basic skill for all sea kayakers. In this 2-hour clinic, an experienced instructor will teach you everything you'll need to know. Don’t wait until you are at the water’s edge to figure out where you are going. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, course materials.

Open Recreation Pool Session

Use our gear to practice and strengthen your paddling skills during this 1.5 hour session at the University of Calgary pool. Formal/paid instruction is not allowed. To reserve a spot, call Active Living Client Services at 403.220.7749. 14+. Prerequisite: ability to do a braces entry and wet exit. Clean personal boats and solo canoes are welcome. Includes: river/sea kayaks, paddles, spraydecks.

Reading Tide & Current Tables

Do you know that on the West Coast there are four tides daily? In this 2-hour clinic, sea kayakers learn the importance of tides, how to read tide and current tables and discover how they affect planning a paddling trip. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, course materials.

Fun Paddle

We’ll bring the boats! Our Fun Paddles at Glenmore Reservoir make it easy to get out on the water and keep active. An instructor will help you launch a boat at and give some quick pointers to get you paddling. The session is 2.5 hours but advanced registration is required so we can get the boats organized. Beginners welcome. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all kayaking gear.

Columbia River Wetlands, BC - Sea Kayak

A birding paradise! Join us for an overnight sea kayak trip away from civilization in the warm valley of the Rocky Mountain trench. We'll paddle through bird-filled marshes and down the Columbia Valley which boasts spectacular mountain views. There are so many photo opportunities on this easy paddling trip—making it perfect for families. Prerequisite: Sea Kayaking Introduction or equivalent experience, pretrip meeting. Includes: guide, all kayak/group camping gear.

Red Deer River, AB: Big Valley to Morrin Bridge - Sea Kayak

The gentle section of the Red Deer River from Big Valley to Morrin Bridge features desert-like badlands scenery. We'll start Friday evening and spend the weekend developing paddling and camping skills while we take in the beautiful landscape—perfect for the whole family! From camp, hike up into the hoodoos and search for dinosaur bones. Prerequisite: Sea Kayaking Introduction recommended. Includes: guide, all kayaking/group camping gear.

Sea Kayaking Complete Beginner Weekend

This beginner course will take you through the fundamentals of sea kayaking in one fun weekend. On Wednesday or Thursday evening we’ll cover rescue skills in the pool. Then Saturday we head to Glenmore Reservoir for an introduction to paddling skills. We'll cover gear, clothing and food that will help you prepare for a trip. We'll finish the weekend with a day tour to beautiful Barrier Lake in Kananaskis Country. This is everything you’ll need in one weekend. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all sea kayaking gear.

Sea Kayaking Introduction

This fun 2.5-hour intro will give you the skills required to safely maneuver a sea kayak on flat water. We'll cover water safety, essential equipment, launching, landing and stroke development. The we'll go for a fun tour on the beautiful Glenmore Reservoir. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all sea kayaking gear.

Sea Kayaking Day Tour - Barrier Lake

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a relaxing day of sea kayak touring at Barrier Lake—surrounded by our spectacular Rocky Mountains. You'll learn and practice the basic strokes needed for flat water while we paddle around the lake. Our selection of single and double kayaks provides options for everyone. Prerequisite: Sea Kayak Introduction recommended. Includes: instructor, all sea kayaking gear.

Sea Kayak Day Tours Kananaskis Lake

Learn the basics of sea kayaking with this day tour at Kananaskis Lake This day tour includes instruction on sea kayaks, basic strokes and paddling safety, while we enjoy a relaxing scenic paddle in spectacular mountain lake.g

Slocan Lake, BC Paddle and Hike - Sea Kayak

Located in the beautiful Kootenays, this 39km long lake is surrounded by scenic mountains. Over 5 days (includes driving), we'll paddle along the west bank in Valhalla Provincial Park and enjoy beach camping only accessible by water. Stunning waterfalls and hiking opporunities will add more variety to this paddling trip. Prerequisite: Sea Kayaking Introduction recommended. Includes: guide, all kayaking/group camping gear.

Broken Group Islands Lodge-Based Tour

Discover marine wildlife on the West Coast with a picturesque lodge as your homebase. In this 5-day sea kayaking tour, explore the Broken Group Islands in Barkley Sound—famous for it's intricate waterways, towering cliffs, white sandy beaches and tidal pools. Relax in the fully-appointed Sechart Lodge and share your experiences with fellow paddlers from the deck overlooking the inlet, and sleep in a warm bed each night. This fully-appointed lodge offers home-cooked meals and a hot tub. Prerequisite: none. Includes: guide, all kayak gear, Sechart Lodge fees, all meals, ferry passage from Port Alberni.

Broken Group Islands Camping Tour

Join us for a classic 5-day sea kayaking tour in the Broken Group Islands of Pacific Rim National Park. We'll introduce you to a world of intricate waterways, towering cliffs and white sandy beaches. Explore tidal pools, peaceful lagoons, and discover the diverse marine wildlife of Barkley Sound. The 40 islands and 80 islets provide relatively calm waters for beginners and longer days for those more experienced. We'll camp at several different beaches or set up a base-camp to explore the area. Prerequisite: none. Includes: guide, all kayak/group cooking gear, cook shelter, park/camping fees, and a scenic 3-hour return boat ride out of the Alberni Inlet.

Nootka Island & Nuchatlitz Camping Tour

A 6-day sea kayaking trip on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island is the perfect way to get away from it all. Nootka Island is a paddler's paradise—the rugged coastline is broken up by hidden coves and stretches of sandy beach which make for ideal camping. Intertidal life is plentiful and there's lots of opportunity to explore on land in the lush rainforest. Sea otters are always a highlight and black bear sightings are common. This is a remote, less-travelled paddling destination. Offered in conjunction with Gabriola Sea Kayaking. Prerequisite: previous tripping and paddling experience. Includes: guide, water taxi, all kayak gear, group cooking gear/cook shelter, park and camping fees.

Deer Group Camping Tour

Explore the southern side of the West Coast's Barkley Sound on this exciting 5-day sea kayaking trip. The Deer Group is a string of islands that face the Imperial Eagle Channel, which feeds into the Alberni Inlet. This is a more challenging paddling trip that features rugged shorelines, pocket beaches, secluded camping, caves, arches and loads of adventure. Prerequisite: previous tripping and paddling experience. Includes: guide, water taxi, all kayak gear, group cooking gear/cook shelter, park and camping fees.

Clayoquot Sound Camping Tour

Paddle in a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve. This 5-day sea kayaking trip in Clayoquot Sound provides the quintessential West Coast paddling experience. We’ll travel and camp along the shorelines of Vargas and Flores Islands exploring bays, offshore islands and islets, and large white sandy beaches. This trip offers a nice balance between paddling and relaxation. Offered in conjunction with Gabriola Sea Kayaking. Prerequisite: previous tripping and paddling experience. Includes: guide, all kayak gear, group cooking gear/cook shelter, park and camping fees.

Jackson Kinnaird Loop, AB

Over 5 days, we'll travel to Lac La Biche and paddle the beautiful lake circuit north of town. Choose a kayak or canoe and learn/develop trip-planning or paddling skills in this flat water area. The Jackson Kinnaird loop is a fantastic trip to view wildlife, or just relax on the water and around camp. You'll meet other paddlers and have plenty of time to practice. Prerequisite: module A recommended. Includes: guide, canoe or kayak/group camping gear. 

Johnstone Straight Camping Tour

On this 6-day sea kayak trip, you'll experience the Kwakawak'wakw cultural landscape which is incredibly rich in marine life, black bears and a wide variety of birds. We'll paddle the deep and narrow glacier-carved passage of Johnstone Strait flanked by the Vancouver Island mountain range on one side, and the Broughton Archipelago and Coast Range peaks on the other. Our crossing of Johnstone Strait into the Broughtons provides the opportunity to view one of the highest concentrations of Orca whales in North America. This trip is offered in conjunction with Gabriola Sea Kayaking. Prerequisite: some tripping and paddling experience. Includes: guide, water taxi, all kayak gear, group cooking gear/cook shelter, park and camping fees.