Vancouver Island is undoubtedly a top destination for many outdoor lovers, as there are numerous opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, and more. Yet another adventurous outdoor activity that is a bit lesser known is tubing – riding inner tubes along water. Vancouver Island tubing is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike, and for good reason.
Considered the ‘ride of a lifetime’, one of the most popular spots to tube on the Island is the Cowichan River. One of the Island’s best kept secrets, tubing the Cowichan River is the number one summer activity here. You can rent a tube from the fully-licensed tube rental and shuttle business, the Tube Shack, and be on your way in no time. Once considered a rowdy past-time for young people only, Vancouver Island tubing on the Cowichan River is now a family must-do.
About the Cowichan River
The Cowichan River originates in Cowichan Lake and, in addition to its tubing reputation, is considered to be one of the finest trout fishing spots in all of British Columbia. Just 7km after exiting Cowichan Lake, the river drops over Skutz Falls before flowing through the popular kayaking run, Marie Canyon. The entire trip will take about 2.5 hours and ends at Little Beach.
Recent laws have changed the tubing scene to one appropriate for families, groups, and people of all ages, rather than just teenagers and college students looking for a party scene.
Why to Try Out This Great Seasonal Activity This Year
The Tube Shack and Cowichan River will soon be open for the 2015 season, making this heart-pumping activity a no-brainer for any summertime visit to Vancouver Island. Costing just $15 for the tube rental and complimentary shuttle service, this is an activity that the whole family will love that won’t break the bank.
The ride itself is leisurely and relaxing, taking you down the crystal clear river while offering incredible scenery and views at every turn. The first hour of the river trip is a laid back journey that takes you by some incredible old bridges and offers many opportunities for glimpses of local wildlife. The remainder of the ride will pick up a bit, especially where the river narrows, but it is nothing you can’t handle!
Be sure to check out the Tube Shack’s website for specifics about what to expect, including when they will officially be open for the 2015 tubing season. Please keep in mind that children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Widely considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Vancouver Island tubing along the Cowichan River is an experience you will remember for a lifetime.
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