I've kayaked in the Pacific Northwest for about 15 years, and conclude you can be exposed to a lot of great scenery with a low 'hassle factor' in several places throughout Oregon and Washington, without the added expense or time of venturing up to Canada. That being said, if you do want to invest the extra time and money, Vancouver Island, B.C. and the myriad of islands that surround it is a great kayaking destination. If you want a little summer in your winter, the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico is a good trip, too. But more on that man`ana.