Guiding in National Parks

SKGABC certification is accepted for commercial sea kayak guides in the three coastal National Parks in BC. Certified guides will adhere to all local regulations when operating in National Parks (i.e. low-impact guidelines, guide-client ratios, wildlife management practices). All commercial operations must hold a valid National Parks Business License.

National Park Website

For more information about the national parks, please visit the Parks Canada website:

Guide to Client Ratios:

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Trip ClassificationDoubles OnlySingles OnlySingles & Doubles
Broken Group Islands 2:8 2:8 2:8
Gulf Islands 2:10 2:8 2:10
Gwaii Haanas
Class 1, 2, 3
2:10 2:6 2:8*
Gwaii Haanas
Class 4
2:8 2:4 2:6

* 2:8 when maximum group size of 10 is reached. 1:5 for smaller groups.
* 2:7 if only one double is used
* The Level Three Guide must always be in a single

  • Broken Group Islands and Gwaii Haanas:
    Minimum of one Level Three Sea Kayak Guide in Broken Group Islands and Gwaii Haanas
  • Gulf Islands:
    Minimum of one Level Two Sea Kayak Guide in Gulf Islands for Multi-day trips
    Minimum of one Level One Sea Kayak Guide for day trips in Gulf Islands

Business Licensing:

All sea kayak companies operating in National Parks in BC must hold a valid National Park Business License. Guides shall carry a copy of this license when operating in the National Park.

For information on attaining a National Park Business License, please visit:

Guide Certification

Certification must be current and up-to-date. All relevant documentation (first aid/CPR C, etc) must be submitted, and membership shall be current. Guides must operate in water classifications respective to their certification. In Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site guides must attain a Guide Card from the park reserve.

Orientation

All guides of businesses licensed to operate within National Parks are required to attend an orientation session. The orientation session will include the role and responsibility of Parks Canada, natural and cultural history information, and review emergency protocol, park-specific regulations, and low impact standards (for camping, managing human waste, etc.).