Photo courtesy of Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres
Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres
The city's serene waters serve as the perfect playground for kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders. Newbies can book two-hour "tasters" at Ecomarine's locations on Granville Island or Jericho Beach. More adventurous paddlers—of any level—can jump right onto tours, like the summer sunset excursion along the scenic shoreline of False Creek, a protected inlet, and English Bay (part of the Pacific Ocean's Strait of Georgia). While most trips last a half or whole day, the company also arranges harder-core expeditions, like the weeklong trip to Haida Gwaii. This craggy, rainforested dagger-shaped archipelago is often called "Canada's Galápagos" because of all its endemic species. It also has a wealth of First Nations heritage sites.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard
The waters around Vancouver are incredibly calm, and so perfect for beginners who want to learn stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). There are several outfits around False Creek and Granville Island that you can rent equipment from, but my advice if you’re a newbie is to take a class first and get those essentials down before you head out alone. You can take a two-hour Paddle Canada certified course on English Bay with Ecomarine and learn all about the equipment, safety and paddle strokes, and the all-important launching and landing.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
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