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Looking for the best places to Whitewater Kayak in and around Victoria? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Whitewater Kayak in and around Victoria.

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I think it was John Grace who once said "It's all just training for British Columbia". He was referring to the super challenging creeking and multi day wilderness whitewater trips that are located all over this mountainous province. There is a lifetime worth of easy and intermediate paddling too. Whether it is multi day ocean trips, winter whitewater paddling on Vancouver Island, surfing tidal rapids, creeking in the interior, remote trips up north BC offers it all and then some.

Whitewater Kayak Trips or Routes

Victoria

Slides
Mill Bay - Nice little Park'n'huck for locals or folks passing through the area during winter rain events. There are 3 rapids, first one being a small 15 ramping drop, second and third rapids being 40 foot slides. This run has the typical Vancouver Island rock, very janky and sharp, more water the better but be warned the first slide can develop a nasty hole at the bottom but you're usually going warp-speed when you hit it thought. There is no gauge, only visual so most boaters will stop by and have a peak a flows on their way to the more popular runs in the area. Have fun and don't forget to smile for the camera!
Gorge Park
Tillicum Narrows - Tillicum Narrows is basically a 20m long wave train that works best with an RPM type boat (ie. long and slicey). At certain flows (around -4 knots) it has a wave that works for both side and front surfing. At flows greater than +/-1 knot it works for attainments and stern squirts. I'd rate it class 2, but watch out for submerged rocks especially at higher flows. It gets enough light for night sessions. You can get easy access to accurate tide forecasts for the next week here: http://www.bigwavedave.ca/Tides2/Gorge%20Tillicum.php. It's not skooks, but it's 1000x more fun than the gym. PS say hi to the seal that hangs out in the outflow if you see it, I think it likes kayakers.

Resources

Vancouver Island Whitewater Paddling Society

Vancouver Island, BC

http://viwps.ca

Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club

355 Gorge Road West Victoria, BC, V9A 1M9

https://www.vckc.ca

Bestcoast Outfitters

(250) 590-4625

865 Yates St, Victoria BC V8W 1M1

https://www.bestcoastoutfitters.com/

Palli Palli Mobile Ebike & Paddle Board Rentals | Victoria

778-700-7833

121 Presley Place, Victoria, BC, Canada, British Columbia

https://pallipaddle.com/

Victoria Kayak

250-216-5646

1006 Wharf Street (Floating) Victoria, B.C.

https://victoriakayak.com/

Ocean River Sports

250.381.4233

1327 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC. Canada V8S 2N4.

https://shop.oceanriver.com/

Local Paddling Clubs

Canoe Kayak Freestyle Committee National Programs

Canoe Kayak Canada Freestyle is responsible for the growth and development of Freestyle Canoe/Kayak in Canada. We work with provincial, territorial and local organizations to hold programs that support athlete development. We also host National Team trials and support athletes at the international level.

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