Who we are

BC Kayak Centre’s Founder and Director:


Mike Gilbert was born and raised paddling boats and canoes in Eastern Canada during his summers. It was only after moving to Canada’s west coast that he took up the double bladed paddle and instantly fell in love with kayaking.

Mike is certified as a Paddle Canada Instructor for:
Introduction to Kayaking
Level 1 Skills
Level 2 Skills
Learn to roll your Kayak – European and Greenland Styles

Mike has his Paddle Canada certifications at Levels 1, 2 and 3 Skills.

He is also certified by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. as:
Day Guide – Certified
Assistant Overnight Guide – Trained

VHF Marine Radio – Recognized Examiner

Mike is currently:
Regional Director for B.C. – Paddle Canada
Executive Committee Member and Coach @ Pacific Paddling Symposium