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Adventuress Sea Kayaking

889 Little Mountain Rd., Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2C3, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 17 Activities in Parksville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: 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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Saint John, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

My son and I had a wonderful morning paddling with Jan. We did the Mistaken Island trip on the Strait of Georgia near Parksville. Jan's expertise and knowledge of the area combined with her friendly manner made the experience one of the highlights of our trip. Highly recommend Adventuress Sea Kayaking - you won't be disappointed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My husband and myself along with my sister and brother-in-law rented kayaks from Adventuress Sea Kayaking for two full days. Jan delivered 2 two man kayaks to our cabins we were staying at while vacationing in Qualicum Beach. She brought everything we needed and included an introductory lesson that was most helpful. We kayaked all along the coastline of Qualicum... More

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Excellant adventure, from Cedar by the Sea to Pirates Cove and back. I felt very safe under Jan's watchful eye. Jan is knowledgeable about the area we paddled. Everything was organized and planned. The meals were perfect, even down to a chocolate Birthday Cake, yummy! Looking forward to joining another adventure. Thanks Jan.

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Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

What an exhilarating experience! Jan Kretz (our certified kayak guide and instructor) was awesome and so knowledgeable. The in depth experience left me eager to continue the adventure. It was so nice to be on the water learning paddle strokes, wet exits and rescues and Jan encouraged and supported us at every step. I was a raw beginner and now... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We went on the sea kayaking trip with Jan over this long August weekend. What a great trip. We enjoyed the sea kayaking and the fellowship with the other kayakers. The weather was gorgeous, Jan and Daniel were very good at instruction on how to kayak and the scenery was spectacular, The campsite was a little crowded, but it was... More

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Cochrane, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Whow, what an amazing and well planned trip! Jan and Laurel were our 'guides extraordinaire' and I felt completely safe and was happily taken care of by them! I learned so much along the way about the tides, weather, equipment and I learned lots of kayaking skills as we paddled through the islands and were given a special tour of... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My sister and I are on a paddling team, so we decided to try out kayaking in B.C. The booking via email was straight-forward and Sonia took the time to answer all my questions, being our first time kayaking adventure. There is no food or washroom facilities in the area, so keep that in mind. When we arrived, Sonia and... More

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Have only kayaked once before. Wonderful evening - warm, calm and a friendly group. I will definitely do more kayaking in future.

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Our journey started at the new launch site at Secret Beach. There were seven of us plus Jan and Laurel as our guides. We began our journey heading out through the Stopper Islands to Hand. We set up camp on Hand Island pitching our tents in the meadow where we were entertained by multiple hummingbirds filling themselves with nectar from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I recently completed my Paddle Canada kayaking course with Adventuress Sea Kayaking. Jan (aka Adventuress) made the course interesting and fun. While there are parts of the course that are not easy Jan makes them less difficult. I will certainly be taking more courses with Adventuress Sea Kayaking in the future.

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