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 Trainer for…

Basic Instructor; Level 1 Instructor, Level 2 Instructor & Level 3 Instructor

A Rolling Instructor Trainer

Learn to roll your Kayak – European and Greenland Styles

Paddle Canada Instructor Certifications at Basic, Level 1, 2 and 3

Mike has his Paddle Canada certifications at Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 Skills.

Mike is also available to lead IT and Instructor mentorship programs:

IT’s – Basic and Level 1

Instructors – Basic, Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3

He is also certified by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. as:
Level 2 Guide

VHF Marine Radio – Recognized Examiner

Mike is currently:
A Past President of Paddle Canada and enjoying instructing and guiding on Canada’s West Coast.