Sitting in our kayaks, with bows pointed towards the North Shore Mountains, we were faced with a difficult decision. To our left, open ocean, the call of Wreck Beach and the natural splendour of Pacific Spirit Regional Park and to the right the urban oasis known as Vancouver. This is the thrill of launching from the expansive beaches of Spanish Banks. After much discussion, we decided to head to town. The glistening towers lining English Bay and Yaletown were like beacons guiding us towards the protected waters of False Creek.