The Lambert Channel
Between our shore and Hornby Island, the ocean is quite often as calm as a lake and ideal for kayaking! The crystal clear water around Denman and Hornby Islands was described by the famous underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, as the second best for diving in the world!
It's an easy paddle South down the shoreline to visit Chrome Island Lighthouse where the lighthouse keeper will show you, if he has time, the First Nations petroglyphs, and you'll likely encounter curious otters and eagles fishing and nesting in the shoreline trees; or paddle over to Hornby (it takes roughly 40 minutes to reach the Hornby shore on a calm day) to visit Heron Rocks where seals swim underneath you and if you're lucky, you'll spot a pod of hunting orcas! A longer paddle North along the Denman shoreline will take you to Sandy Island Marine Park (aka Tree Island and aka Bird Island).
We only have the one kayak (so far, but we plan to add another single and a double), making it necessary to book in advance. Check your dates on the calendar, then book using the form below that. Please note, you will be asked to affirm that you have experience of sea kayaking and are competent to take the kayak out on your own.*
Local Kayak Rentals
If there are two of you, kayaks (and paddleboards and canoes) can be rented from
Denman Hornby Canoes and Kayaks Ltd., which is less than 5 minutes' drive down East Road. It's possible to take ours out and rent one from them, then meet on the ocean in-between.
Tide Times for Denman Island
↕ (photo. Sheryll Ford, Aug '22)
Your trip will depend on there being decent weather on the day. If it starts out too windy, it often dies down in the afternoon. Your booking reserves the kayak for you, but you are not obliged to use it! Depending on the tides, we may only accept one booking during the day, although a second trip may be possible in the evening.
For Your Comfort & Safety
The kayak is inspected for damage and defects after every trip, and maintained and cleaned regularly.