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Kayaking in Vancouver

Enjoy a perfect day or two on kayak, surrounded by gorgeous nature and an amazing variety of wildlife

Sea Kayak Trip in Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait
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Vancouver's kilometres of perfect coastline and inland waterways create amazing opportunities for kayaking. You can enjoy open sea kayaking, gliding around the inlets, and checking out the wildlife. Vancouver is one of the most popular paddling destinations.

You can get the mix of both city and natural scenery while kayaking at English Bay. The North Gulf Islands provide amazing opportunities for a kayaking tour. Stunning natural scenery and great adventures await you. Check out some more adventurous paddling at the Indian Arm which will take you to a finger-shaped fjord, along with lush forests and waterfalls.

On every tour you choose, you'll also get a chance to see some wildlife up close and personal. Lots of bird species, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and even orcas can be found here. Make your trip unforgettable with a whale watching kayak tour too!

The area of Johnstone Strait is one of the best locations in the world to observe Orca whales in their natural habitat. It's hard to explain the real feeling of seeing a killer whale right beside your kayak. You can't get closer than this, and thus it should definitely be on your must-do list.

Kayaking season usually runs between April–October when it is warmer and more companies offer kayaks for rent.

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When is the best time to go kayaking in Vancouver?

For a more comfortable kayaking experience, April to October is the best time to go kayaking in Vancouver. The majority of rental companies operate around this period. On the other hand, it is preferable to avoid it in the winter season due to the cold, rainy, and windy weather. Show more

Where are some locations in Vancouver to go kayaking?

Some of the places where kayaking enthusiasts can explore in Vancouver are North Gulf Islands, Indian Arm - a finger-shaped fjord, and English Bay. Johnstone Strait is another widely known kayaking destination which offers the chance to spot killer whales while paddling through the waters. Show more

How close can you get to killer whales while kayaking in Johnstone Strait?

Killer whales can be seen as close as 100 feet while kayaking in Johnstone Strait. Keep the regulations in mind to ensure the safety and well-being of both whales and kayakers. Although kayakers can enjoy a fantastic sight of whales alongside them, these mammals have the right of way, so maintaining adequate distant is mandatory. Show more

What types of wildlife can you see while kayaking in Vancouver?

When kayaking in Vancouver, visitors have the opportunity to catch glimpses of animals such as herons, eagles, ospreys, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and orcas. Typically, some regions might have whale and deer sightings as well. There are, however, special prescribed rules in place to avoid causing harm to the wildlife and their natural habitats. Show more

Are there any specific regulations or permits required for kayaking in Vancouver?

It is not mandatory to have a permit or license to go kayaking in Vancouver. However, it is imperative to stick with the regulations to ensure the safety of yourself and the wildlife. Certified kayaking businesses allow a greater chance for a safe and enjoyable experience, with most offering guided tours at particular locations. It is vital to follow the necessary precautions to maintain a healthy and beautiful environment. Show more

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