West Coast Outdoor Adventure

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 How was I was introduced to Hobie's MirageDrive? "Come and try it out on Thetis Lake"... well, like almost everyone else I was sceptical, but always willing to give something new a try I went along - 2min after getting on the water I was hooked! A couple of days later I purchased the i12s (inflatable) that I tried, and ordered another 7 - oh and I still have and use that first i12s Hobie kayak!

Shortly after I started West Coast Outdoor Adventure Rentals - renting kayaks and delivering them around the Sooke Harbour, I was invited to share a space within the relatively new Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina, it was (and still is) a really small space, but it's a great location and they still do all they can to help us succeed!



Our Journey - the long version!


G'day! Yep, for those who meet me - I am originally from New Zealand!

After almost 4 years of application process, in 2008 our family immigrated from England. I left my career in the UK Fire Service, Cath left her local government adult education job and we packed up our 2 girls (7 & 10 then) and headed for Canada, and more by luck than intention we discovered Sooke and made it our home.

A few months later I was in a local Victoria kayak/bike shop toying with a business idea involing inflatable kayaks, when I was introduced to Hobie's MirageDrive. "Come and try it out on Thetis Lake"... well, like almost everyone else I was sceptical, but always willing to give something new a try I went along - 2min after getting on the water I was hooked! A couple of days later I purchased the i12s (inflatable) that I tried, and ordered another 7 - oh and I still have and use that first i12s Hobie kayak!

Shortly after I started West Coast Outdoor Adventure Rentals - renting kayaks and delivering them around the Sooke Harbour, I was invited to share a space within the relatively new Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina, it was (and still is) a really small space, but it's a great location and they still do all they can to help us succeed!

At the end of that 1st summer I was offered to purchase the bike rental side of the business from Sooke (Mountain) Cycle and the following year offered to become a Hobie Kayak Dealer - a bit of a no-brainer as I was consistently telling customers where they could be purchased on the Island. Stand Up Paddleboards were later added as the sport began to emerge, starting with standard type solid boards, and discovering the versatility and toughness of RED Paddle Co inflatable boards, so adding them to the rental and new product fleet

I first visited Victoria in 1983 while on a weekend away while attending high school near Tacoma WA, USA. A few years later I was backpacking across Canada and met my wife Cath in Kingston, ONT.

20 years later, after we'd traveled a chunk of the rest of the world we returned to the country in which we met and made it our home!

SUP-ing into Sitting Lady Falls in Metchosin

Founder Allen just back from a sail on a Hobie Tandem Island

We are passionate about what we do and where we live! We use the equipment we rent in our spare time, and always willing to share our knowledge 

West Coast Outdoor Adventure has everything you need to explore the year round stunning location of Sooke, BC.

 

On a fast and stable foot powered Hobie kayak you can photograph the abundant wildlife with ease, explore the spectacular coastline or maybe catch a salmon for supper*!


For the more adventurous you can do all of above on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). With our qualified instruction even 1st timers will be confidently gliding along the water - and peering down into the clear waters at a world full of wonder and surprises.


Our bikes are ideally suited for the famous 56km "Galloping Goose" converted railway trail, but also able to take on some of the challenging terrain that BC  known the world over for!

why choose us

Have your money back!


We don't charge you up front, If it's "not for you" bring your rental equipment back with the first 15 min and pay nothing - thanks for 'giving it a go'!*


(​* a couple of common sense exceptions apply - like pre booking a day rental, arriving at 2pm then changing you mind... that sort of thing)

Our Promise to You

Experience it with Us

We have only ONE goal -


​To ensure you have a fun, fulfilling experience with us to explore the Sooke area by water or land.

 

- we'll get You "into" Nature...

ABOUT US

 

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Racing one of our Rental Bikes in the Island Cup XC Mountain Bike Series (2018)

Just Chilling with my daughters.