British Columbia

Vancouver and the surrounding regions have a wealth of companies, clubs and associations which support adventure sports and nature observation. Given the number of visitors to the region it isn't surprising that there are a lot of mountain bike, snowboard and outdoor gear shops .Rentals for almost any outdoor activity are readily available and now, in Whistler, you can even secure your gear in advance over the net.

If you're new to a sport and want to try something different a guided trip is always a great way to go. If you don't have backcountry experience then engaging a guide or guiding company makes perfect sense in this part of the world, since the Coast and Mountains area is a true wilderness and not very forgiving if you don't have the training, gear and experience.

 
 

In Whistler you'll find guides and guiding companies that will take you just about anywhere to experience almost anything (well maybe not anything) from backcountry boarding, to class V white water, to wicked single track or how about a a river crossing on a zip line (a Tyrolean traverse).

Vancouver island has an extensive array of outdoor resources, from the wide selection of gear rentals available from MEC in Victoria to the exceptional guides and instructors at Strathcona Lodge. Retail boutiques make every imaginable type of gear available and in addition have precious local knowledge of trails, rivers and paddle routes which is indispensible.

The islands also have thier share of outdoor clubs and associations which maintain trails and work as advocates to ensure that sports and nature areas are keeped open to enthusiasts. Many of the trials, parks and recreational areas have been set aside because of the tireless work of these groups. Make a point of pitching in with some volunteer work, or perhaps a donation, to ensure that the thier efforts can continue.

Each of the major Gulf Islands has an outdoor retailer, which caters to local and visiting adventurers and nature lovers. You'll find a wide variety of outdoor clothing along with an extensive array of outdoor gear lining their shelves.

Cycles and kayaks can be rented from many of these shops and guiding and instruction are often available. These outlets are also the best place to acquire critical local knowledge on the areas wildlife, trials, kayak routes and conditions.

The islands also have their share of outdoor clubs and associations which maintain trails and work as advocates to ensure that sports and nature areas are kept open to enthusiasts. Many of the trials, parks and recreational areas have been set aside because of the tireless work of these groups. Make a point of pitching in with some volunteer work, or perhaps a donation, to ensure that the their efforts can continue.

Outdoor Retailers & Bike Shops

Vancouver & Coast and Mountains

Whistler

 

Vancouver Island

 

Gulf Islands

 


 

Outdoor Gear and Bike Rentals

Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Vancouver Island

  • Cycle BC Rentals - Victoria
  • Reckless Bike Store - 1826 Government Street & 721 Yates, Victoria
  • Reckless Bike Store - 3202 Happy Valley Road, Langford
  • Sports Rent (Government) - 1950 Government Street, Victoria

Gulf Islands

 

If you're looking for a manufacturer consult our Gear Manufacturers Page


 

Outdoor Clubs & Associations

Vancouver Coast and Mountains

 

 

Vancouver Island

 

Gulf Islands

 

BC Provincial and National Associations


 

Guides, Outfitters , Schools and Instructors

 

Elaho River Adventures is an outdoor adventure company specializing in river rafting and located in Squamish, British Columbia, “The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”. Elaho River Adventures offers class III, IV whitewater on the Elaho and scenic floats with interpretive walks through old growth forests.
 

Vancouver Coast and Mountains

 

Vancouver Island

 

Gulf Islands

 

Nature

 

Buffer Zone Wilderness Resort - Broughton Archipelago
Coastal Waters Recreational Maps - British Columbia
Eagle Nook Ocean Wilderness Resort - Broken Group
Due West Charters
Lady Rose Marina Services - Port Alberni (Barkley Sound), Vancouver Island
Mothership Adventures Strathcona Park Lodge
Voyageur Water Taxi - Kyuquot Sound, British Columbia

 

 

Resources

Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Whistler

Out-There's Whistler
Out-There's British Columbia

Gear Manufacturers


Related Features

Cultus Lake Provincial Park
Cypress Provincial Park
Garibaldi Provincial Park
Golden Ears Provincial Park
Manning Provincial Park
Mount Seymour Provincial Park
Skagit Valley Provincial Park

 

Links of Interest

Hole Riders - White water photography
Paddling Knots - Knots for paddlers

Out-There's Destinations

 

 

 

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