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Address: 889 Little Mountain Rd., Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2C3, Canada
Phone Number: 250.755.6702
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Come paddle with Adventuress! The scenery is spectacular here with...

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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Excellent customer service

I called the owner with a very short timeline to get out on a short kayak trip and she was very accommodating. We were able to join an introductory group a day later and had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
St. John's, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I called Jan with a very short timeline for the certificate course. She was most accommodating in taking my sons in short notice. The full day course was excellent, a definite highlight of the week in Parksville.

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St. John's, Canada
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162 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I called the owner with a very short timeline to get out on a short kayak trip and she was very accommodating. We were able to join an introductory group a day later and had a nice paddle out along the sea wall from Nanoose Bay. The guide was excellent, he was very patient explaining the equipment and how to... More 

Thank NLtrout
Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Vancouver Island. We took the two hour Sunset Kayak tour. It was our first time kayaking and our guide Ryan was personable, patient and an absolute pleasure. The view was spectacular and was a great finale to our trip. Next time we visit we will def be booking again. Highly... More 

Thank G C
Calgary AB Canada
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We went for a sunset paddle with Ryan. As a guide he was very personable, accommodating to our needs and flexible. All things we value in a tour. Jan was great to deal with and very professional. Would highly recommend the trip for any beginners and families with kids.

Thank Collin M
Parksville, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Went for a two hour sunset kayak adventure and had a great time! The weather was not ideal and the water was rougher than we expected, but the excellent instruction and support of our guides made for a great first time experience! Would do it again in different weather conditions in hopes to enjoy the sunset and scenery more. Would... More 

Thank macattack15
Perth, Ont
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I completed the 1 day Sea Kayaking Basic Kayaking Course 2 days ago. Jan is inspiring, a great teacher, and a great confidence builder. There was one person on the course who was afraid of the water... I just loved how Jan encouraged her so respectfully, so firmly, yet so kindly. And thanks to Jan this student was able to... More 

Thank Snickers50
Gilbert, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We did the Seaside Kayaking Tour with Ryan. We're a family of 7: children ranging from 16 years old to 7 years old. Ryan was the ideal guide who patiently explained the gear and technique, then set everyone up in their kayaks. We had a great time on the water at our own pace. Ryan's knowledge of the local sealife... More 

Thank jawbeav
Nanoose Bay
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I took an introductory kayaking lesson and the seas were quite choppy. If it were me, I would have postponed this lesson for a calmer day as a lot of the efforts were dealing with the waves and not learning to kayak. The kayak was also not size adjusted well so I was imbalanced most of the time. It cured... More 

Thank Chris P
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Jan hosted a group of 7 at her home for the theory part of this course. She was relaxed and made the rest of us feel at ease immediately. It was a morning of great background information. In the afternoon we were in the water and learned firsthand basic strokes, t-resues, self rescue and wet exits. The day was to... More 

1 Thank gayle b
Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We did a two hour tour with Jan to see the Sea Lions. It was spectacular. Jan was professional, kind, and just lovely. My husband had our six year old in a double and I went on my own. The waves were up and my son just hooted in delight as they splashed through them. It was our favorite excursion... More 

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