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North Island Kayak
Telegraph Cove, BC

Phone +1-250-928-3114
Toll Free 1-877-949-7707

Kayaking with Killer Whales
and other wildlife since 1991

Sea Kayak Rental in Telegraph Cove, North Vancouver Island, British Columbia

  • All sea kayak rentals require proof of skills. If you cannot provide independently evaluated proof of your skills, please do not expect us to provide you a kayak.
  • Situated directly adjacent to the Kayak Boat Ramp and Water Taxi dock
  • Paddle Canada Approved Training center
  • Large selection of kayaks for hire – Experience Required
  • Serving Johnstone Strait & the Broughton Archipelago
  • Kayak & camping gear for sale or hire
  • Safe & convenient parking, showers, fresh water & dumpster
  • Local information and advice
  • Physically Located in Telegraph Cove

Kayaks on the beach in Johnstone Strait

“Great service, no hassles and service that was above and beyond”

North Island Kayak is located in Telegraph Cove to the very North of Vancouver Island, ideally placed to serve the paddling areas of Johnstone Strait, the Broughton Archipelago, Gods Pocket, Queen Charlotte Strait, Quatsino Sound and Kyuquot Sound, or if you prefer, the towns of Telegraph Cove, Port McNeil, Port Hardy, Cold Harbor, Coal Harbor, Alert Bay, Sointula and Port Alice.

Our kayak rental and kayaking equipment for hire store is located adjacent to the Telegraph Cove launch ramp. You could probably not dream of better access and support. Our large boat ramp is divided in two sections, the left side reserved for fishing and other pleasure boats. The right side for kayakers; where else do you find a boat ramp specially for you? At all but the busiest times, when the ramp is full of kayaks, you can drive your vehicle onto the ramp in order to make loading and unloading easy.

We have fresh water available at the top of the boat ramp, so you do not have to carry it far. We also provide a dumpster for your garbage, a compost bucket for your organics and recycling of aluminium cans, plastic and glass containers, batteries, cardboard, etc. Our rental kayaks and equipment are stored and prepared for your use, adjacent to our store and the boat ramp; We do not ship them in from elsewhere and have you running around the town asking ‘Has anyone seen North Island Kayak?’ or ‘Where should we wait for our kayaks to arrive?’

Our rental kayaks are typically retirees from our Guided Kayak Tour fleet. As such they may be somewhat older and not as shiny as you may find in an area of higher population. Rest assured that they are all well maintained and seaworthy. If you must paddle a brand new kayak; please bring it with you.

Not Paddling out of Telegraph Cove? You can pick the kayaks up or we can arrange for delivery to most points on the North Island (for a fee), including the BC Ferries north route at Port Hardy. Our store location is also ideally situated for pick up and drop off by water taxi.

In addition to kayaks and kayak gear, we also rent camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, thermarests, stoves, etc. As with all remote locations it is highly recommended that equipment be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.