Kayaking, Boating & Marinas

Whether your preferred boat is motored, paddled or sent sailing on the wind, Parksville Qualicum Beach is a great place to hit the water!

Explore Spider Lake (no motors, please), Cameron Lake, Horne Lake, and the Salish Sea at the pace you choose. Launch from one of 4 local marinas or from boat launches at Qualicum Beach, Cameron Lake, and Horne Lake.

Sailors, connect with like-minded folk at Schooner Cove Yacht Club. If you don't have your own watercraft, boat tours and rentals including whale watching and kayaking are readily available. And if you're hoping to bring home dinner, check out a fishing charter!

Visit Our Harbours & Marinas

Pop down to the French Creek Marina to see a bustling marine community, complete with fresh seafood sales, Ocean EcoVentures Whale & Wildlife Adventures, Western Star Charters, and the French Creek Marine Pub. Deep Bay Harbour has a beautiful mountain backdrop and is great for viewing birds and other sea creatures.

The Fairwinds / Schooner Cove Marina on Nanoose's Peninsula is in a unique, rocky setting, perfect for wildlife viewing. Here you will find Haida Gold Ocean Adventures that offer lots of fun water excursions including fishing charters, sunset cruises, and picnic cruises.

Go Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking in Parksville Qualicum Beach lets you escape into a different world and experience the resident Pacific harbour seals and seasonal visitors the California Sea Lions (from September to May) up close. If you're lucky, you may see Killer Whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures. Get up close to marine nature either on your own or with a guide. No experience is necessary to participate in this activity as local companies lead tours as well as rent gear.

  • Sea kayak rentals can be found at Take Off Adventure Rentals in Coombs and on the beach in Qualicum Beach during the summer months and through local tour operators.
  • Adventuress Sea Kayaking offers rentals, day trips, and multi-day tours. Tours include certified guide, detailed instruction, kayak and gear and dry bags for your belongings.


Safety First

No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.

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