Paddling in Vancouver’s Backyard – Porteau Cove to Anvil Island

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Aurora Borealis viewing at Porteau Cove Photo: Flickr, Damon West

Wild and remote, yet only thirty minutes from Vancouver, Howe Sound is a paddler’s paradise.  Navigating the Sea to Sky corridor from the water is a unique and invigorating way to explore the area, world famous for breathtaking ocean views, spectacular waterfalls, snow capped mountains and Squamish Nation history and culture. My recent adventure to North America’s southern most fjord began at Porteau Cove Provincial Park.  There are two paved boat launches and also plenty of beach area to begin your paddle.  Prior to setting off be sure to check out the Dive Area. Porteau Cove is a very busy diving centre.  Two sunken ships and a series of man-made reefs attract scuba enthusiasts to these waters.  I always enjoy chatting with the divers and hearing tales of the marine live thriving below the surface.

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Paddling in Vancouver’s Backyard – Porteau Cove to Anvil Island

Defence Islands

Photo: Sea Kayak Association of BC

Porteau Cove, Photo: Sea Kayak Association of BC

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on scuba diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores Defence Islands.

SpongeBob’s ultimate fantasy…

Imagine soaring over ivory towers, parapets, walls and cities – majestic, beautiful, awe inspiring – and all made entirely out of delicate sponges!

Welcome to the stunningly beautiful underwater landscape of Defence Islands.

Defence Islands are two small islands in Howe Sound easily seen on the far horizon from Porteau Cove on the Sea to Sky Highway. Both are under the administration of the Squamish Nation. And both are only accessible by boat.

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Defence Islands

Take a Day Trip to Porteau Cove

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Now that fall is here, make the most of dry days with a daytrip out of Vancouver. We all know the rain will soon be here in full force, so get outside for the last few sunny days.

Porteau Cove Provincial Park is an ideal place to spend the day outside of the city. Just a couple hours drive from Vancouver, Porteau Cove is a beautiful spot on the water where you can explore, walk around, and enjoy sunsets and stunning views of Howe Sound.

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Take a Day Trip to Porteau Cove

Need a little long weekend inspiration? How about Bowen Island?

Can’t face an epic road trip this coming holiday weekend? How about a hop and skip across Howe Sound to pretty Bowen Island?

This fun little video should give you all the inspiration you need:

Pick up the #257 Horseshoe Bay Express along Georgia Street and stay on ’til the end of the line. Then walk on BC Ferries‘ Queen of Capilano to Snug Cove. You can leave in the morning and be back in the city by bedtime…

Vancouver’s Top 5 public transit sightseeing tours

SeaBus

Another night shift at VANOC’s Main Press Centre, another  frequently-asked-question: Can you recommend a public transit route that will give me a scenic tour of Vancouver?

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Vancouver’s Top 5 public transit sightseeing tours