8 Ways to Enjoy the Water around Vancouver

Traditional cedar Tsleil-Waututh Canoe near Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Takaya Tours

Vancouver is a water-oriented city. With the ocean all around us and lots of lakes, getting out on the water is easy. But choosing how to do it, might be a challenge – there are so many options! Here are our picks for the best ways to enjoy the water around Vancouver.

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8 Ways to Enjoy the Water around Vancouver

6 Places to Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Vancouver

Paddleboarding on False Creek in Vancouver

Paddleboarding in False Creek. Image credit: Tourism Vancouver / Tanya Goehring

In the last few years, stand-up paddleboarding (also known as “SUP”) has become really popular. Since you stand up on the board, you get a full-body workout AND you get a much better view of your surroundings than if you were sitting in a kayak or canoe. There are lots of places near Vancouver to try it out, plus some unusual ways to experience this fun new sport.

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6 Places to Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Vancouver

Paddleboarding and Other Active Ways to Explore Vancouver in the Summer

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Photo Credit: Tourism Vancouver

Personally, I think that visitors to Vancouver have it made as there are so many ways to see the city and its beautiful 360 degree skyline. You can sit and relax while someone takes you around on a bus or horse-drawn carriage, or you can take yourself around with some light to intense outdoor activity (or take a tour that guides you around while you’re getting your workout in.) Here are some great options for the latter, because summer in the city is too nice to not get outside and enjoy!

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Paddleboarding and Other Active Ways to Explore Vancouver in the Summer

What’SUP – Paddleboarding in Vancouver

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Sunset Paddle English Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

I have been paddling for as long as I can remember.  From the rugged northern lakes of Algonquin Park in Ontario, to the white-water of Alberta’s magnificent rivers and the natural oasis of BC’s oceans, I have yet to meet a body of water that I haven’t wanted to paddle.  Honestly, when Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) first came on the scene, I thought they were a little silly.  Why would one choose to stand up on a board, when canoes and kayaks are viable options?  Eventually, I decided it was time to be mature, try Stand Up Paddleboarding and discover for myself the attraction of the sport.  After all, how could so many people be wrong?

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What’SUP – Paddleboarding in Vancouver

FOUR WATERBORNE WAYS TO BEAT THE SUMMER SIZZLE

Photo:  James Wheeler | Flickr

Photo: James Wheeler | Flickr

There’s no better way to spend a hot day than exploring Vancouver’s Instagram-worthy waterfront, savouring gelato while strolling the seawall, or lounging at Kits Beach. But when the waterways surrounding the city sparkle like diamonds under the summer sun, you’ll feel the irresistible urge to dive headlong into the surf. Here are four ways to get wet in Vancouver:

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The Questions We Ask

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In the spring of 2013, Canadian adventurer Bruce Kirkby crossed the Georgia Straight from Vancouver to Victoria on an inflatable standup paddleboard. In this award-winning short film, he contemplates the true meaning of adventure.

“Last summer I paddled a standup paddleboard (SUP) from Vancouver to Victoria — a journey of 150 kilometres and 5 days — and convinced young filmmaker Kalum Ko to take a week off high school and tag along.

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The Questions We Ask

48 Hours in Vancouver for Thrill Seekers

Photo Credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Photo Credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on Inside Vancouver featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on thrilling adventures for travelers who love to add a little spice to their vacations to make things interesting.

What You’ll Need for This Adventure:

• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• Surfboard/Kiteboard
• Snowboarding Gear/Clothing (Equipment can be rented on the mountain)
• Hiking Boots
• Warmer clothing for higher altitudes
• Mountain Bike
• Daredevil Attitude

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Thrill Seekers

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