Go on an adventure with the experts
Going out with one of our licensed operators is a great way to experience the park. Whether you are looking for a guided tour to discover the unique history and natural beauty of the park reserve or want to take a kayak adventure in the many sheltered bays and coves around the islands, you will benefit from a local operator’s expertise and knowledge on your visit to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
Note:The service descriptions below are provided by the operators, and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve does not endorse any of these services. See here for information on obtaining a business licence.
Blue Dog Kayaking
Blue Dog Kayaking are committed to bringing you the best that sea kayaking can offer, paddling along some of the most beautiful, unspoiled coastlines in the world – and offers the entire Paddle Canada Sea Kayaking program along with guided trips in the beautiful Gulf Islands.
Coastal Bliss Adventures Ltd. / Cowichan Bay Kayaking
Coastal Bliss Adventures Ltd. offers guided single and multi-day hiking, and kayaking tours to wilderness locations on and around Vancouver Island and BC’s coastal regions. Coastal Bliss Adventures also offers single & multi-day instructional kayak programs accredited by Paddle Canada.
Coastal Current Adventures
Coastal Current Adventures has been running kayaking expeditions, guide courses and adventure youth camps since 1991. We offer Sea Kayak Guides Alliance certified courses for Level 1 Guides and Assistant Overnight Guides. Our youth camps offer outdoor learning and camping skill development in the provincial and national parks located in the Gulf Islands. Kayaking skills are gained initially on Cusheon Lake on Salt Spring Island and then moved to the pristine and protected waters of the Gulf Islands.
Gabriola Sea Kayaking
Gabriola Sea Kayaking provides experiential custom/private multi-day expeditions and instruction and guide training in multiple locations on Vancouver Island and beyond.
Jericho Beach Kayak Centre
Jericho Beach Kayak offers sea kayak and surfski paddling lessons, tours, and rentals from our Jericho Beach location in Vancouver. We also run advanced Paddle Canada courses in select locations around BC.
Nature Trek Canada
Nature Trek Canada specializes in wilderness travel. They offer trip planning with experienced guides as well as trip planning for independent expeditions, and have designed more than 260 multi-week expeditions and 800 itineraries for individual travelers.
Ocean River Sports
Ocean River Adventures offers premium paddlesport facilities on Vancouver Island. Offers guided kayak experiences supported by a 36’ landing craft. Tours highlight the area’s spectacular scenery of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, while inspiring a passion for paddling.
Pender Island Kayak Adventures
Pender Island Kayak Adventures offers kayak tours ranging from two hours to four days, featuring Gulf Islands National Park Reserve on most tours. Beginners welcome. Offers rentals for those who want to explore at their own pace. Offers lessons to teach you the necessary skills to paddle with confidence.
Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society
Power To Be provides inclusive adventure programs designed to support people facing significant life barriers. Through collaboration, they connect individuals with nature. The Adaptive Recreation program is a positive community response for people living with a disability to gain access to outdoor programs, while their Wilderness School fosters positive social development and life skills in youth, which encourage leadership and success in other areas of life.
Salt Spring Adventure Company
Salt Spring Adventure Company has various offers including Gulf Islands kayaking expeditions, a Tofino youth surf camp, a sailing charter, or casual bike ride around the island.
SKILS offers kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing courses as well as private customized instructional courses and guided trips.
Tyak Sea Kayaking
Tyak Sea Kayaking offers day and multi-day sea kayak adventures for youth and adults. Experienced and certified sea kayak guides ensure excellent instruction and fun memorable experiences. Provide a focus on safety.
West Beach Paddle
Provides sea kayak, paddle board and canoe instruction and tours. Paddle Canada certified courses. Based in White Rock, BC - Greater Vancouver Area.
Big Blue Sailing
Big Blue Sailing offers sailing Instruction and wilderness charters. If you've dreamed about sailing, the lovely scenery, sheltered waters and convenient services make the Gulf Islands an ideal destination. Big Blue Sailing will take you on a “cruising” sailboat and give you the experience of mastering your own vessel. Whether you want a course, or you want to just have fun and explore, you will be provided with the best experience in the Gulf Islands.
Bluewater Adventures Ltd.
Offers multi-day wilderness, wildlife and cultural tours. They provide learning journeys for students and adults along coastal B.C. and into southeast Alaska. Their crew lead small group tours along the BC coast on a liveaboard 68” motor-sailors–the Island Odyssey and the Island Roamer.
Pacific Yellowfin Charters
Specializes in cruises along the BC Coast aboard the 1943 wooden-hull and interiors Pacific Yellowfin. Offers culinary cruises through the calm waters of picturesque Gulf Islands. Offers trips further afield outside the park to discover the spectacular fjords of Desolation Sound or venture into the majestic Great Bear Rainforest, home to grizzly, black and the most elusive Spirit Bear.
Maple Leaf Adventures
Offers expeditions in a 92-foot schooner (Maple Leaf) for a multi-day cruise of the Gulf Islands’ best. Offers sailing trips to remote locations, from white shell beaches to rainforests to wildlife colonies. Offers chance to explore ashore often, guided by expert naturalists. Includes gourmet cuisine, a top-notch crew and comfortable accommodations.
Outer Shores Expeditions
Outer Shores offers multi-day sailing and wildlife tours aboard their 70’ classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud. Small groups of up to 8 guests along with an expert crew of mariners and interpreters, explore the wilderness and wildlife of the Southern Gulf Islands and Salish Sea. Activities include sailing, wildlife viewing, photography, interpretive walks, sea kayaking, and cultural site visits.
Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a group of scientists and conservationists dedicated to protecting the land, water, and wildlife in coastal British Columbia. Science based research and community engagement are used to further conservation efforts. Environmental education programs are offered to local indigenous and at risk youths on the research vessel, Achiever.
SALTS Sail and Life Training Society
Groups participate in five-day voyages to the Gulf Islands each spring and fall. Individual young people join in ten-day summer voyages. Trainees aboard the tall ships Pacific Grace and Pacific Swift are exposed to technical, personal, critical thinking and decision skills required for life and are given opportunities to practice, and learn these skills in a dynamic and genuine environment throughout a sail training voyage.
Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning
GICEL has been offering nature-based summer day programs within the Southern Gulf Islands since 2001. We focus on large ecosystems such as forests and marine to provide participants with varied experiences. We use natural history, science, games, art, and music to convey information. We also strive to provide and demonstrate a comfort in nature that will last a lifetime.
Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
The centre offers Salish Sea School Summer Camps at various locations in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Children will enjoy learning about the natural history of the creatures and plants of the Salish Sea with a focus on instilling respect for natural spaces, wildlife and First Nations knowledge.
Western Educational Adventures Inc.
Provides outdoor educational adventures primarily for youth with the aim of teaching valuable outdoor, academic, life and health skills.
Bay to Bay Charters
Bay to Bay Charters offers a water taxi service to many bays and harbours from Nanaimo to Victoria and a private charter service to showcase the beautiful and prestigious Gulf Islands. Complimentary ground transportation for Victoria Airport, BC Ferries Swartz Bay and the greater Sidney area.
Sidney Harbour Cruises Ltd. / EcoCruising Tours and Charters
Within the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, EcoCruising Tours and Charters offers scheduled boat tours and private group charters along Sidney waterfront including the waters around the Little Group islets and Dock Island. The company also provides water taxi service for hikers and campers to Portland Island, Russell Island and Isle-de-Lis (Rum Island). A water taxi service is available to Sidney Spit during the off-season of the Sidney Spit Alpine ferry service usually early September through to mid-May. Departures in two 12-passenger enclosed vessels are from Sidney Pier (June-September) and Canoe Cove Marina (year-round). Skippers are ecologist guides.
Sidney Whale Watching / Sea Quest Adventures
Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society
Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society / SIMRES organizes sea talks, a series of educational programs for the public featuring some of the top scientists and conservationists around the Salish Sea. Many programs are ‘walk and talk’ presentations in the parks. The organization also assists marine scientists in their research based on Saturna Island.
Pender Island Museum
Situated at Roesland in the beautiful Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, this great little museum serves the island community and its many visitors by telling stories that connect past and present. The museum preserves and interprets an historic farm-resort building and a collection of local artifacts and archives. Open every weekend from Easter to Thanksgiving.