Pacifica Paddle Sports
Pacifica Paddle Sports
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Lessons & WorkshopsEquipment HireNature & Wildlife ToursStand Up PaddleboardingKayaking & Canoeing
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We offer Rentals, Guided Tours, and Lessons for kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and canoes in beautiful Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. We are open March through October and can accommodate beginner, intermediate and advanced paddlers. Brentwood Bay and adjoining Tod Inlet offer an abundance of marine life, natural beauty and picturesque sunsets! Our Swartz Bay location (at Canoe Cove Marina) offers the perfect launch spot for day exploring or multi-day adventures.
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Traci M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Although the online system allowed me to book a tour that wasn't available, Jack was quick to phone and offer alternative choices. His on-shore instruction was followed up on the water and he made sure we were comfortable before setting off on our own. Great paddle in Brentwood Bay up Tod Inlet. The sloped entry to the water was a nice feature!
Written April 5, 2024
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Hog49
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It was our first time kayaking and Aaron gave us excellent instructions and was extremely patient and friendly.
The equipment was in great shape and Brentwood Bay was a calm Bay perfect for first timers.
Written October 9, 2023
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Lisa G
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The Glow tour is Fantastic!! Bioluminescence was mind blowing. Abby and Denis were knowledge, fun and clearly loved being guides. 100% recommend!! We liked it so much this was our second tour of the summer!
Written October 1, 2023
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Thank you so much for joining us on the best selling Glow Tour. We're thankful to have Abby and Denis as part of our crew. We'd love to welcome you back next year.
Written October 3, 2023
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Anthony F
Sidney, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We booked a lesson to learn kayaking basics. The instruction was excellent. Tom was clear, charming and most of all - patient. And such a wonderful location. Thankyou Tom and E-J.
Written September 24, 2023
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Thanks for learning to kayak with us. We look forward to hosting both of you again, as you practice the skills learned.
Written October 3, 2023
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Jay
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was the second time my wife and I got out with Pacifica. The first time was a fantastic, 5-star experience. This time out was, unfortunately, not as good.

When we went to book our 2-hour paddle, we noticed a price jump from $40 to $49 per person for a single kayak (2-hour rental). I understand inflation, etc., but we felt that the value of the rental went down as a result. It also makes us a little reluctant to return.

The first time we went, we were given kayaks with a rudder system for turning. This made the paddle very enjoyable as we were able to control the boat very effectively. This time around, we thought that we had been given kayaks with rudders (there were racks and racks full of kayaks), but we didn’t get to see the back of the kayaks as they were already on the dock and in the water. After we launched, we realized that neither of the kayaks had rudders. This made turning and steering much more challenging. We were in the active marina where you launch from and did not want to have to maneuver back with all of the moored boats as obstacles. The Brentwood Bay Ferry was also leaving at the time, making things more difficult to simply turn around. In retrospect, we wished we had!

The kayak I was given was in very good condition. I cannot say the same for the one that they gave my wife. It was in very rough shape and due to a bad sanding and attempted paint job, there were fibreglass splinters everywhere. We were assured that the rough look of the kayak was only cosmetic and that it was “like a Caddalic for comfort.” The paddles were also older and in need of some TLC. The fibreglass got all over her hands and she was not comfortable throughout the 2-hour session.

On a positive note, the young man that did our orientation was great. He was friendly, cordial and informative.

I do think we will return to Pacifica in the future, but we will be sure to check the kayaks more thoroughly before we head out.
Written September 18, 2023
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Kirsten D
Victoria, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The guides were excellent and the experience was like nothing I have seen so highly recommended!! Great for family and friends! Stars, ocean and sparkle!
Written September 17, 2023
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Cathy K
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Business
Part or our Rotary club travelled as a group last night. The sunset was spectacular and the paddle down into Brentwood Bay and Todd Inlet was beyond words. The night was dark because it was just after the new moon and the day had been sunny so the bioluminescent was so bright. This is my second trip with Pacific Paddle and it won't be my last. I spent much of the time dangling my fingers in the water and playing with the sea sparkles!!
Written September 15, 2023
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Beth20172017
Victoria, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I've now taken two tours with Pacifica, and so enjoyed my experience, I totally recommend the tours, and the company itself. I am a novice paddler, and really appreciated the guide's attention to helping me understand what to do with the equipment, feeling safe on the water (especially as both tours were at night), and providing information about the bio-luminescence! How cool is that! Everyone should have the opportunity to see this natural marvel! Be aware that if you book a sunset and fireworks tour in the latter part of the summer, Butchart Gardens may cancel the fireworks due to fire/dry local conditions. But this is no big deal, as the sunset is wonderful, followed by the bio-luminescence. The "light show" is just below, instead of above!
Written September 10, 2023
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Katharine Y
Victoria, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I signed up for the first level of kayaking experience even though I have done some paddling and have family that could assist with my learning. I had wanted to take the second level course but it was not available at the time. I thought that if it was all old news at least I would have some practice on my paddle stroke. Our instructor was an awesome young lady that I had met in the office previously. Right from the get go our class of 4 was learning things that were useful to any kayak experience. After a lovely 2 hours on the water we all came away with multiple new skills. I was very pleased with the knowledge, kind, patient and fun attitude of EJ as she taught us new things. Well done! Can't wait for the next level class (after I work a little more on my paddling technique!). Cheers!
Written August 28, 2023
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Hey! We are so glad to hear your kayaking skills have improved after taking a lesson with us! E-J is awesome and we are so glad you found some confidence and boost in your ability. Rescues next!
Written August 31, 2023
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Una Du
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
one for the books. glow tour was stunning!
very relaxibg and calming. staff was very experienced, kind and just great!
Written August 26, 2023
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Hello! Thank you so much for your review.
Written August 31, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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