Comox Valley Kayaks and Canoes has been in operation in Courtenay since 1991. We have been under the same local ownership for over 27 years, and we pride ourselves on being the Comox Valley's local specialty paddling shop.  Over the years we have evolved to become one of the premier kayaking shops on the West Coast. Our staff of paddlers, instructors, and guides can offer first-hand advice on kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddleboarding.  Whether you are a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, we have the expertise to help you get on the water - with a lesson, a boat rental, or a boat purchase.  We are proud to carry a variety of quality brands of kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and gear.  Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes is passionate about paddling, and it shows!

CVK in community

For a number of years we successfully run programs for local schools and organizations, we help organize massive events such as MOMAR race.

We are proud to name ourselves partners and friends to local businesses and entrepreneurs.


Our main policies are to make our customer happy and community strong! 

Meet The Team




Owner. Don has owned Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes since 1991. He is a kayaker and paddleboarder - and an instructor for both. He is also an expert in boat transport, and can stack 6 kayaks on a Mini (don't try that at home!). He & Nigel can be found stand-up paddle boarding together in the Courtenay River Estuary.




True friend and our main employee!




You best know Kirby as the beautiful voice on our voicemail.  Kirby has been with CVKC for three  years working in all aspects of the shop.  She is the most friendly face you've ever seen and is studying to be a teacher in our school system. 


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Sierra is the most positive and supportive person who can greet you at our entrance. She’s passionate about caring for our customers and our team! She always has a kind word and a great suggestion for your paddling needs.




While Viki is a powerful paddling instructor and competitor, she’s currently spending her days developing an equally skilled sales team at CVKC. Viki is a committed manager and a wonderful addition to the Comox Valley paddling community.  Her passion is helping her team figure out the best gear for you to enjoy your time on the water and sharing her incredible teaching skills with the lucky friends who book her advanced kayaking lessons.




Many best know Sue from the email interactions that transpire while planning summer kayaking adventures.  Sue is a staple at CVKC and gets to know all the customers by name.  She is the heart of the administration and keeps the keels greased, so to speak.  If you’re seeking something hard to find, better call Sue!




Kris uses gentle consideration to help you determine the skills that are most important to keep you safe on the water; and then she can schedule a lesson for you to learn those skills with a qualified instructor! Kris is a skillful instructor with a massive skill set and an insightful paddler to study with. 




Slav is our team member that does it all: he’s a sales and gear specialist! He’s a photographer and videographer! He’s a canoe and kayak guide! He’s a social media savant! If you’re strategizing to make the most of your paddling season, Slav has great perspective and skill to share with you.


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Thor is an amazing lacrosse player star who was born with the salt of the seas in his blood. He is an enthusiastic paddler and a very outgoing person and a pleasure to interact with at CVKC!


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Sam is a whitewater kayaker who knows so much about kayaks. Just talk to him and you will absorb information, not to mention inspiration!


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Kyle is always ready to help you out and go above and beyond to make you smile! He’s savvy in all things paddling and you can feel the sunshine in his soul from how much he enjoys his work at CVKC.


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Rory is a passionate paddler with a tremendous heart for athletics and an amazing personality. If you’re looking for assistance he will go all out to help you! 


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Brenda is a professional musician with a kind and creative paddler's heart! She is a researcher and storyteller so you will definitely learn a lot during tours with her.