Tofino Kayak Rentals

If you’re an experienced kayaker looking to head out on your own sea kayaking adventure our kayak rental office in Tofino has everything you need to outfit your trip! We offer quality equipment from brands such as Seaward, Current Designs, Delta and Necky. Whether you’re looking to just head out for the afternoon or planning a kayak expedition to explore Vancouver Islands Southwest coast portion of the new BC Marine Trail Network; we’ve got you covered.

Save yourself the hassle of having to load kayaks on to your vehicle by launching from our floating dock in the Tofino harbour, straight into the magical waters of Clayoquot Sound!

If you are looking to explore Barkley Sound, our operation in Ucluelet is not currently renting kayaks. However, we are able to transport kayaks from our Tofino fleet to the launch point in Toquart Bay for an additional fee of $80 each way.

Kayaking in Tofino

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Tofino Kayak Rentals

(taxes not included)

 
SINGLE KAYAKS
DOUBLE KAYAKS
TRIPLE HATCH KAYAKS
Half Day (4hrs)
$35
$60
$70
Full Day (4hr+)
$48
$80
$90
Multi Day
$40
$70
$80

Kayak Rentals Include:

  • PFD (lifejacket)
  • Spare Paddle
  • Paddle Float
  • Kayak Paddle (we carry Werner and Aquabound)
  • Sprayskirt
  • Throw Bag
  • Waterproof Safety Bag (contains: flares, basic repair supplies, tide chart, and an emergency contact card with a list of phone numbers radio frequencies to contact in case of an emergency)

Additional Items for Rent

If you already have your own sea kayak but missing (or forgot) a few pieces of gear, any of the items listed above can be rented individually. Paddle West Kayaking also has a variety of other camping items for rent. Below you will find a list of Paddle West Kayaking’s rental items and prices. Happy tripping!

Additional Gear for Rent

Don’t worry about packing your own tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.  Paddle West Kayaking offers quality “MEC” brand Tents and sleeping bags, as well as “Therma-Rest” brand sleeping pads for an additional fee. Of course you are welcome to bring your own tent and sleeping bags.  Please ensure your gear packs down small enough so that no bags will be larger than a 20-30 L dry bag.”

 
TENT
2 person or 1 person
SLEEPING BAG
THERMA-REST
PACKAGE
Day
$25
$15
$15
$50 – save $4
Add Day
$9
$5
$5
$15 – save $3
Week
$60
$35
$35
$120 – save $10
 
VHF RADIO
CHART & CASE
WATER BLADDER
Dry Bag
Half day / full day
$8
$3
$5
Free
1-3 DAYS
$20
$10
$15
$8
4-7 DAYS
$40
$20
$30
$16
7+ DAYS (per day)
$3
$2
$3
$2
Paddle
PFD
Half day / full day
$8
$5
1-3 days
$20
$10
4-7 days
$35
$20
+7 / day
$3
$3

Other Costs

Kayak Rental Deposit and Cleaning Deposit
We require a valid credit card for deposit on all kayak and equipment rentals in case of damage or loss.

There is a charge of $20 on multi-day rentals for kayaks returned unwashed. A hose and sponges are available on the dock to faciliate washing.

Parking
If you require parking, it is included for half- and full- day rentals. For multi-day rentals, it is $7.50/day to park in the Jamie’s Whaling Station parking lot.

Kayak Transportation to Barkley Sound
If you intend to rent Paddle West kayaks to explore Barkley Sound there is a transportation fee of $80 each way.

Trip Planning

Kayaking the West Coast of Vancouver Island has many rewards but it is important to be prepared as this can be a challenging environment to paddle if you’re not properly prepared. Knowing what the marine conditions are and choosing a route appropriate for the group’s abilities is critical for an enjoyable trip. For those looking to head out from Tofino into Clayoquot Sound on their own self-guided adventure we are here to offer information to help make your trip a success. This service is offered for free to anyone renting kayak equipment from Paddle West.

Important Note on Paddling Experience for
Kayak Rentals

Overnight Rentals

For overnight rentals previous paddling experience is essential. At least one member of the group must have a solid background in sea kayak safety and rescue. Knowledge of of things like tides and currents, self-rescue techniques, and navigation are a must.

Those renting overnight must also carry mandatory navigation equipment (chart & compass) and two communication devices (one for backup) such as a cell phone or VHF radio (highly recommended!).

If you require parking for a vehicle while on your overnight trip, Jamie’s Whaling Station offers parking for $7.50/ night per vehicle.

Day and 1/2 Day Rentals

For those just renting kayaks in Tofino for the day, experience in basic self rescue  techniques (wet-exits) and navigation is still essential, however if you are coming from a river or lake paddling background and are not use to tides and currents we may still be able to rent to you. This will depend on the strength of tides and currents during the time you wish to rent.

Tofino Kayak Rental Reservations

To make a kayak rental, equipment reservation, or make an inquiry send us an e-mail  or contact us.

*Please be sure to let us know both the start date & time and return date & time you are looking to rent, as well as what kind of boat (single, double or triple hatch) and or equipment you are looking for, so we can let you know availability and give you an accurate quote.

**IMPORTANT** Our enquiries and bookings go through our reservation agent Jamie’s Whaling Station. Be aware that you will likely receive a reply from an e-mail such as info@jamies.com rather than info@paddlewestkayaking.com

***Additional Note: We do not allow our kayaks to be transported on personal vehicles. All rentals must launch from our waterfront location in Tofino. Alternatively, we are able to transport kayaks to your launch point for $80 each way. 

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