About Us

Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes


Comox Valley Kayaks and Canoes has been in operation in Courtenay since 1991. We have been under the same local ownership for over 24 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!


Meet the Team


Don Lockwood
Don Lockwood

Owner. Don has owned Comox Valley Kayaks & Canoes for over 20 years. He is a kayaker and stand-up paddle boarder - 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.

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Monica R.

Instructor. Monica is an avid kayaker & kayak instructor with a passion for Greenland paddling and rolling.  She enjoys sharing these skills with anyone who wants to learn!  Monica paddles a Tahe Greenland & Valley Avocet.  She can often be found exploring the kelp beds just off Point Holmes.

Nigel Lockwood
Nigel Lockwood

Mascot.  Nigel is a black German Shepherd. He enjoys paddle boarding with his owner, Don, and can often be seen greeting customers at the shop. Don't be fooled by his size - he is a very friendly dog!