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

Our Wild Backyard: 4 Daytrips for Nature Lovers

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Dwarfed by the nearby Coast Mountains and surrounded by the wild Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the rare city readymade for nature lovers.  Within an hour’s drive of the downtown core, endless adventures await on land and sea.  Here are four daytrip ideas for people eager to get back to nature:

  • Paddle Indian Arm: A 12-mile glacial fjord carved through steep mountains, Indian Arm is just a 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.  From the community of Deep Cove, you can rent kayaks or strike out on hiking trails.

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Our Wild Backyard: 4 Daytrips for Nature Lovers

Grab a Paddle! Kayaking tours of Vancouver

kayaking in English Bay  (#4)

Look at Vancouver on a map, and you’ll see a city almost completely surrounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean.  An intricate network of inlets, bays and straits encircles the vibrant downtown core.  It should come as no surprise then that one of the best ways to experience Vancouver is gliding along the shoreline in a sleek kayak.

A great starting point is Granville Island, the bustling neighborhood of gourmet food and crafts shops situated on downtown’s False Creek inlet.

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Grab a Paddle! Kayaking tours of Vancouver