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Address: Parksville, British Columbia V9K 1M6, Canada
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Come paddle with Adventuress! The scenery is spectacular here with mountain...

Come paddle with Adventuress! The scenery is spectacular here with mountain vistas, old growth rainforests, expansive wilderness and our amazing wildlife. What better way to see all of this than to paddle the shores of beautiful Vancouver Island in a kayak. Rentals, lessons, tours, open year round, no experience necessary. Tours start as low as $49/person and include instruction, kayak and gear. Double kayaks available to paddle with a friend or a younger family member. Jan Kretz, the owner, is a certified kayak guide and Paddle Canada instructor. She teaches introductory lessons in kayaking as well as an in-depth seamanship & trip planning course and has a passion for paddling.

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Kayaking with seals and sea lions!

My boyfriend and I rented a tandem kayak with Adventuress Sea Kayaking for 5-6 hours to go kayaking alongside seals and sea lions! We've done the sea lion tour last May and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I rented a tandem kayak with Adventuress Sea Kayaking for 5-6 hours to go kayaking alongside seals and sea lions! We've done the sea lion tour last May and enjoyed it so much we just had to come back this year! We wanted to venture off on our own and explore the waters, wildlife and Mistaken Island.... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I got a sunny day on our vacation in March and called Adventuress just that day to inquire about a kayak rental. Jan met us that afternoon and provided everything we needed including rubber boots since neither of us had waterproof footwear. We spent 2.5 hours kayaking near Qualicum Bay and saw seals, sea lions, and lots... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

My 4 day all women's kayak trip in Johnstone Straight was the absolute highlight of my summer. I pushed past all kinds of personal boundaries and felt strong and exhilarated by the experience. I always felt safe with Jan, even while kayaking through swell and fog. Her equipment was top-notch, and the food was plentiful and excellent. I went on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We wanted to go kayaking with our 2 sons and were surprised that Adventuress was the only one that came up on google searches. This is because they are the only guided kayak tours in the area. We did the 3 1/2 hour tour with Jim who was superb. Saw seals and sea lions as well as stunning views as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We booked the Mistaken Island Tour two tandem kayaks with our twin 13 year old daughters with zero kayaking experience. We absolutely loved it! Our experience was nothing short of fantastic! We found our guides, Elizabeth and Jim to be excellent; they fully went over all the safety and paddling information before we left. They then pointed out all the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Second year I have gone out with Jan. Didn't think she could top last year - but I was wrong. She is extremely friendly, well organized and knowledgeable about kayaking, navigation, sea life/wildlife, history of the area - plus she is excited to share this information. All the equipment is in excellent condition. You never feel that safety is taken... More 

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Thank Ursula F
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This trip to johnstone strait in August 2016 was the trip of a lifetime for me. Jan is an amazing guide and mentor. She fulfills her goal of inspiring women to challenge themselves through a safe wilderness experience. At 70 years old I was certainly challenged but learned I could leave my own comfort zone and open new and fantastic... More 

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1 Thank Ron H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Spent an amazing four days on this women only trip. Jan delivered with Orcas swimming by us as we watched from the shore. Also saw humpbacks while kayaking on an ethereal misty afternoon. Food is amazing as were our two guides Jan and Elizabeth.

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Thank Marilyn Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is the fifth multi-day trip I've taken with Adventuress, and Jan has been outstanding as always. Her laid-back style but sincere and attentive concern with safety makes treks with her so enjoyable. Both owner Jan, and guide Elizabeth, have outstanding knowledge of the coast, the history of the area, the wildlife we encountered, and utmost respect for First Nations'... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I booked back in May for our family holiday this month. I received an email from Jan saying we were confirmed and that I should let her know exact numbers closer to the day. I emailed a week before our scheduled outing and was told we only had two spots, and that she was full. She asked if we could... More 

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JantheAdventuress, Owner at Adventuress Sea Kayaking, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. As mentioned when you called, I had not heard from you for 3 months and so was unprepared to hear that you wanted to book for 7 people a few days before the tour. This is our busy season and the tour was full. Looking for options, I asked if you could do another day,... More 

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