Kayak Rentals

By: A Paddle in the Park Kayaking  04-06-2010
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Please Note: The ocean in Haro Strait remains around 5 degrees Celsius — persons renting kayaks from us must be able to self-rescue themselves.  Less experienced paddlers must be accompanied by (an) experienced paddler(s) who can execute a kayak rescue should they capsize.  Please visit our Lessons page to sign up for Self-Rescue and Assisted Rescue lessons.  Renters should be physically fit; knowledgeable about/understand the effects of tides, currents, and wind; how to read a marine chart, tide and current tables; how to obtain the marine weather reports and forecasts; what equipment to bring (particularly for multi-day trips); how to treat for hypothermia; and have basic first aid.

Please Note:

1.    Discount rates apply upon 4th day and is the same as the 1/2 day rate for that size kayak

2.    Kayaks must be returned by 7 PM unless by prior special arrangement or be charged an extra day

3.    Corporate and group rates are available, please ask:

4.    See our page on how to reserve/rent kayaks

Renters on multi-day trips:.  Please let us know which islands you plan to visit and when (date and time of day) you will be back.  We will alert the coast guard if you do not return within a few hours of your expected return time if we do not hear from you.  If your expected return time changes while out on your multi-day trip, please let us know by calling us (250) 686-2047.

We ask renters to leave a float plan (itinerary) with us and an emergency contact number


  • single or double kayak (has watertight bulkheads bow and stern)
  • PFD (personal floatation device)
  • one paddle per person
  • pump
  • spray skirt
  • one spare paddle per group
  • paddle float
  • throw line
  • sponge (one per group)

Everything needed that is not included on list above.

The following is a list of suggested equipment which relates primarily to multi-day (overnight) kayaking trips.  We suggest the library as a great resource for gathering information.  There are many good books published on kayak safety and trip planning.  You are responsible for your trip preparation, planning, and outfitting yourself appropriately, so your equipment and preparation should not be limited to the items below, which is provided as an outline to your preparation/gear list:

  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • warm clothing and extra clothing suitable for marine weather conditions
  • rain gear
  • dry bags
  • camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, mat)
  • kitchen equipment (stove, fuel, pots, utensils, plates, cutlery)
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • sufficient food and drinking water
  • water shoes and runners
  • towline readily accessible
  • emergency communication device (such as  VHF, cellular phone, satellite phone) water-proofed and accessible
  • emergency rescue telephone numbers for destined areas if using cel. phone
  • spare battery pack for emergency communication device
  • capacity to receive and understand marine weather reports and forecasts
  • 3 flares per group, readily accessible with access to at least two types, (parachute, smoke, multi-star)
  • kayak equipment repair kit
  • navigation equipment (marine chart, compass and the ability to use them)
  • first aid kit (consider emergency response time, first aid training, allergies)
  • second aid equipment (treating hypothermia)
  • tide and current tables for destined areas
  • extra line/rope
  • swiss army knife
  • matches/lighter
  • medications, toiletry supplies, hand/dish soap
  • leave your float plan with a relative or friend

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