Kayaking on the West Coast of Canada Proofsheet

A Photo Gallery By Dennis Kraft

The West Coast of Canada has some of the best sea kayaking in the world whether in the form of short paddling for a few hours in Burrard Inlet or multi-day camping trips through the islands and channels in Clayquot Sound North of Tofino on Vancouver Island. There are some skills to master and a need for some caution but the stunning beauty makes it well worthwhile.

Kayaking in Burrard Inlet 02
Kayaking in Burrard Inlet 02
Beached Sea Kayaks at Vargas Island
Beached Sea Kayaks at Vargas Island
Sea Kayaker at Burrard Inlet
Sea Kayaker at Burrard Inlet
Kayaks on the Beach B & W
Kayaks on the Beach B & W
West Coast of Canada Beach
West Coast of Canada Beach
Sunbathing Kayaker
Sunbathing Kayaker
Islet on the West Coast of Canada
Islet on the West Coast of Canada
Morning Fog at Vargas Island
Morning Fog at Vargas Island
Kayak and the Sea at Sunset
Kayak and the Sea at Sunset
West Coast Islet Silhoutte 01
West Coast Islet Silhoutte 01
Harbour Seals On a Log Boom
Harbour Seals On a Log Boom
Burrard Inlet Boating
Burrard Inlet Boating


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Photo 1. Burrard Inlet is an excellent area for a few hours of kayaking. The area is well used by both recreational boat users, and commercial vehicles. A controversial new pipeline expansion planned would increase the number of tankers in the area by seven fold and there is significant concern and worry about the environmental impact if there were to be an accident in the busy waters.

Photo 2. Beached Sea Kayaks at Vargas Island . Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands provide a wealth of small channels, wild islands, and wilderness setting making it an ideal area for sea kayaking during the summer months. There are some hazards to master in terms of surge channels, sudden inclement weather, and navigating through channels that are shared with larger craft but also rewards in gorgeous scenery, opportunities to see eagles, whales, orcas, otters, and other assorted wildlife.

Photo 3. Sea Kayaker at Burrard Inlet . Burrard Inlet is an ice free and deep water harbour It extends from the Straits of Georgia 25 km, almost due East to Port Moody and there is a connecting mountainous fjord known as Indian Arm that extends Northward another 20 km. The inlet mouth includes English Bay and the Port of Vancouver which is the most active port in Canada.

Photo 4. Two kayaks are pulled up on a beach on Vargas Island not far from Tofino on Vancouver Island. The area is rich with wildlife, and scenic beauty with some protection from the open waters of the Pacific Oceans.

Photo 5. West Coast of Canada Beach. A white sand beach on Vargas Island off the coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia.

Photo 6. Sunbathing Kayaker . A damp kayaker catches a few sun rays on a driftwood log, on Vargas Island near Tofino.

Photo 7. Islet on the West Coast of Canada. Small Islets and islands abound on the West Coast of Canada making it a wonderful haven for sea kayakers and sailboat enthusiasts.

Photo 8. Morning Fog at Vargas Island . A morning fog obscures the view of the water and the surrounding islands at our camp on Vargas Island near Tofino, British Columbia.

Photo 9. Kayak and the Sea at Sunset . A sea kayak pulled up on a beach on Vargas Island while twilight colours the sea and sky.

Photo 10. A sunset photo of an islet off of Vargas Island on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia taken on a kayaking trip.

Photo 11. Harbour Seals On a Log Boom . These Pacific harbour seals ( Phoca vitulina richards) are sunning themselves on a log boom in Burrard Inlet near Vancouver, Canada. Harbour seals are the most common of all temperate water seals. The adults may reach a length of 1.6 to 1.9 metres in length and weigh from 60 to 120 kg.

Photo 12. Two kayakers in a double kayak paddle in Burrard Inlet near Rocky point. The waters are shared by recreational boaters and commercial traffic.