It’s kayaking season in Vancouver! I caught & videoed this train of kayakers and stand up paddlers below heading out of False Creek into English Bay. Usually I see one to three kayaks paddling out together so there was definitely something special going on. Couldn’t tell if it was a regatta or a caravan but the kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUPs) made for a colourful sight.
Touring on water gives you a different perspective of Vancouver because you can see the city skyline framed by ocean and the Coast Mountains. It’s a nice relaxing way to spend an hour or a day and you may even glimpse some marine wildlife. People have been kayaking in and around Vancouver for years but have only recently embraced stand up paddling. It is the newest, fastest growing sport in the world with it’s origins rooted in the early 1960’s in Waikiki. The Hawaiian surf instructors would use their longboards and paddles to make it easier to teach and take photos of their students. Surfers would later use it to cross-train when the waves were flat.
Almost anyone can kayak or stand up paddle so you can easily try it and decide if you like it before investing in it as a sport. Equipment rentals, lessons and tours are available at the following places in the Greater Vancouver area (listed alphabetically):
Whatever your choice of vessel there’s plenty of islands, lakes and miles of coast line in and around Vancouver for you to enjoy and explore. Check it out!
Do you have any kayaking or stand up paddling stories? Feel free to share them below!