In September of 2007, long time Gabriola Island based sea kayak guides Matt Bowes and Jen 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 unforgettable, fun and affordable west coast sea kayaking adventures. 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 are Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia Level III guides, Guide Trainers and Paddle Canada Instructors. We spend our spring and summers on Gabriola Island and paddling all over the west coast of Vancouver Island. In the off season, we live and explore the coast on our 35 ft sailboat Danzante, named after one of our favourite islands in the Sea of Cortez, from our many years of exploring Baja California Sur, Mexico during the winter.
On our trips, 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 25 years.
Matt Bowes and Jen Smith