The Upper Harbour and the Gorge, the waterways just north of the Inner Harbour, are popular boating spots.
Island Boat Rentals. You can rent a kayak, canoe, motorboat, or rowboat at this outlet at the Canoe Marina on the Upper Harbour. Canoe Marina, 450 Swift St., Victoria, BC, V9W 1S3. 250/995–1661. www.greatpacificadventures.com.
Victoria Kayak. Setting out from the Inner Harbour, this company runs 2½-hour tours to see seals and other marine life around Seal Island. It's a good tour for beginners. The company rents kayaks, too. 950 Wharf St., Victoria, BC, V8W 1T3. 250/216–5646. www.victoriakayak.com.