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Adventuress Sea Kayaking

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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 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 the Orcas

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Marilyn Z
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Thank Renata T
Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Thank Erinkfw
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 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this trip fairly last minute as our boys were keen. Our family of 5 was joined by 2 older couples. Our guide, Jim, coped well with the different needs and speeds of the group, giving clear directions for the faster members of the group. We were all beginners and found kayaking fun and easy to get to grips... More 

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Thank sarahwarah74
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Confirmed interest for evening tour at 9:45 am in the morning via e-mail. No reaction until 4:45 pm (I have left my e-mail AND phone number though), but then they cancelled. Now everything was fully booked. This leaves a bitter taste.

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Thank Re A
JantheAdventuress, Owner at Adventuress Sea Kayaking, responded to this review

Thank you for your response, but please note that Adventuress is a small company and I am just one person. At this time, I was away on a multi-day kayaking tour and my guide, who was filling in for me at the office, was on the water the entire day and got back to you when he returned to the... More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first ocean kayaking trip for our family of four (boys, 12 and 14), plus an aunt. Elizabeth was a fantastic guide and teacher, as we made our way to Mistaken Island. Along the way, we saw seals and eagles, and tons of watery stuff! We also rented kayaks later on, and they were very accommodating with dropping... More 

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Thank dtsuyuki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you to Jan for thinking of absolutely everything! We did this trip with another couple who were new to kayaking and we all felt perfectly at ease and so well cared for! This was our first overnight kayaking adventure and thanks to Adventuress helping us prepare down to the smallest detail, it was a complete success! Definitely recommend this... More 

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Thank Michelle I
Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked the mistaken island tour - which reads very different to what we ended up getting. The guide Eric, and his colleague were asked what Mistaken Island was, and how it got it's name, neither one of them could give a response Would have loved better guide/interpreter with the trip - to get more detail and history on the... More 

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Thank Doug D
Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are a family of four with two boys, 11 and 6. We've gone lake kayaking on rentals before but this was a new experience for us with "real" kayaks on ocean waves! Elizabeth was incredibly patient and kind with all of us, and perfectly exuded the "island time" energy as WE squealed in late to our Nanoose Bay meeting... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked with a group which included 4 younger children (6 to 9 in ages) and was assured that this would be fine but it was not really enjoyable as this is not suitable for children given the windy conditions. As well this was not the ocean experience we thought we were getting, the route we took was not as... More 

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Thank fam-vac-2011
JantheAdventuress, Owner at Adventuress Sea Kayaking, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. It was a windy day that day and our guide did explain what the route would be given the conditions. You were also given the option of not joining us and re-scheduling. As I recall, you did cause quite a stir, so the guide actually turned the whole group around to accommodate you. But safety... More 

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