About Us

In September of 2007, long time Gabriola Island based sea kayak guides Matthew Bowes & Jennifer Smith purchased the Vancouver Island kayaking division of Gabriola Cycle & Kayak, a pioneering adventure outfitter based on Gabriola Island established in 1987. Matt has been working with Gabriola since 1998 and Jen since 2001.

Gabriola Sea Kayaking is still based on Gabriola Island and we are very pleased to be carrying on a tradition of safe, and fun west coast sea kayaking adventures. We consider our trips to be grassroots adventure travel lead by professional paddlers. They offer real world paddling experiences in a relaxed, easy going and fun atmosphere. We specialize in multi-day kayak tours in select locations on Vancouver Island, chosen for their natural beauty, abundance of flora and fauna and variety of paddling opportunities.

We wish to attract healthy, independent, fun-loving, adventurers. Participants take part in all aspects of the adventure, including meal preparation and daily trip planning. Our primary role is to outfit your trip, reduce risk and look after navigation. No experience is necessary, just a positive attitude and desire for fun. We have been leading sea kayak adventures on the west coast for a combined 19 years.


Jen Smith & Matt Bowes