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 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!


Meet the Team


Sue Brass

Sue's been working on and off at CVK for the last 20 years. She used to be an avid paddler and still gets on the water but spends more time these days with her farm. She's in the shop most of the time and is here to help you with your questions, long term reservations and setting up lessons and tours.

Volunteering at Safety Day 2019
Craig Mitchell (Master of Trickery)

Craig is an avid paddler and definitely happiest when he's on the water, especially if it's at Surge. Craig does pretty much everything as CVK, sales, repairs, lessons, practical jokes...Great guy, if you have any questions on paddling just give him a call or better yet drop by.

Don Lockwood
Don Lockwood

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.

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!