Up a Creek with a Paddle – Canoeing Widgeon Creek, Pitt Meadows

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Serenity while paddling Widgeon Creek Photo: Rob Weiss

Looking for an outdoor adventure close to home? Interested in a day trip that combines paddling and a scenic hike to a waterfall? Widgeon Creek is the destination you have been looking for! Dial in your compass heading for Pitt Lake and set course for Widgeon Creek and the incomparable Widgeon Falls.

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Up a Creek with a Paddle – Canoeing Widgeon Creek, Pitt Meadows

10th Annual MEC Paddlefest – Jericho Beach

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Sunset, Broken Island Group Photo: Rob Weiss

Is there anything more quintessentially Canadian than a boy and a girl in a little canoe?  The Canadian Canoe museum suggests that “in the history of watercraft, the canoe of the Aboriginal Peoples is perhaps the ultimate expression of elegance and function.  All of its parts come from nature, and when it is retired, it returns to nature.”  Historically, the canoe played a huge role in almost all assets of life and certainly played a large role in British Columbia’s history.  Fast forward to downtown Vancouver today.  While we might not see many voyageurs or red cedar Haida canoes cruising our local waters, on June 18th, paddles of all types will be joyously dipping into the ocean off Jericho beach.

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10th Annual MEC Paddlefest – Jericho Beach

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

Paddling in Paradise – Deep Cove, North Vancouver

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Granite Falls Photo: Rob Weiss

When the sun is shining and the water is calm there is no better city escape than launching your kayak from Deep Cove, in North Vancouver.  Say Nuth Khaw Yum Provincial Park (aka Indian Arm Provincial Park) protects the shores of this amazing 18 kilometer fjord extending from Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. Once heavily glaciated the park now features old growth forest, rugged shoreline, numerous creeks, waterfalls and the spectacular 50-metre high Granite Falls.

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Paddling in Paradise – Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Spring has Sprung – Kayak the Nicomekl River

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View of the North Shore Mountains from Mud Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

Spring Forward!  Words synonymous with “let’s paddle!”  My kayak is my “happy place” and although I paddle year round, there is something about springing forward that triggers my inner kayaker and passion for the sea.  One of my favourite early season destinations is the Nickomekl River in South Surrey.  This floating nature trail is scenic, protected and features a dry launch site. Ideal for beginners, families and experienced paddlers alike, the Nickomekl River offers a tranquil welcome to all.

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Spring has Sprung – Kayak the Nicomekl River

Sail, Canoe and Kayak your way around Vancouver

Photo Credit: Mac Sailing

Photo Credit: Mac Sailing

When it comes to walk-ability, Vancouver’s won the honor of Canada’s most walkable city, not once, but twice. Our neighborhoods are compact, yet distinct, nestled amongst gorgeous waterways and towering mountains.

While traveling via heel-toe-express throughout our city is pretty easy, another fantastic way to explore Vancouver is by water.

National Geographic ranked Vancouver as one of the World’s Top 10 Beach Cities. And why not? It’s a deserved accolade considering that you can launch your sailboat, canoe or kayak from our beaches to visit some of our most scenic areas.  I’ve assembled a shortlist of the best ways to see the city beyond the sands of our beatific beaches and creaky docks.
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Sail, Canoe and Kayak your way around Vancouver

A Kayak Adventure in Vancouver’s Deep Cove

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As much as Vancouver has to offer on land – from world-class cuisine to stunning parks – one of the best ways to experience the city is on the water.  Downtown is almost completely surrounded by inlets and bays, while sounds, fjords and estuaries riddle the nearby coastline.

And one of the easiest ways to get out on the water is in a kayak.  Relatively cheap to rent and easy to use, with little or no experience required, kayaks are nimble enough to maneuver along the shoreline and offer a unique perspective on Canada’s city by the sea.

False Creek, Jericho Beach and English Bay are popular spots, but there’s plenty of great kayaking for beginners and experts alike up and down the coast.  And the creme de la creme for kayaking – offering calm waters and a spectacular backdrop – might just be Deep Cove, a suburb set along a 25-kilometre fjord that extends from the Burrard Inlet.

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A Kayak Adventure in Vancouver’s Deep Cove