The best places to go paddle boarding in Metro Vancouver

Aug 21 2020, 2:35 pm

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Surfing is definitely a West Coast pastime, but the five-and-a-half-hour trip to Tofino isn’t always an option.

Even though the waves here in Vancouver are minuscule due to the natural shield that is Vancouver Island, we can still get on the water with nothing but a board.

Our calm shores are actually perfect for stand up paddle boarding, so here are few of the best places around Metro Vancouver to grab a paddle and get on a board — just try not to fall off. Before you go, remember safety comes first — please wear a life jacket.

Rocky Point


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A beautiful area in Port Moody, Rocky Point isn’t just awesome for its boat launch, ice cream, and breweries—it also rents paddle boards right by the water from Rocky Point Kayak. Take your rented vessels across the water to Old Orchard Park, and don’t worry too much about falling in… The water’s not that cold.

English Bay Beach

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Obviously a classic for all things water-related, Vancouver’s most popular beach rents out stand up paddle boards right from its own shores. A great way to get to the floating waterslide without getting too wet.

Spanish Banks

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Known for its calm waters, Spanish Banks is an ideal place to take a few laps. Boards can be rented out from the nearby Windsure Rentals. 

Deep Cove

As the gateway to the Indian Arm, it’s no surprise that Deep Cove usually features a few standing — and sometimes splashing — paddle boarders in its waters.  Paddle Board rental rates for Deep Cove can be found here.

False Creek

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It’s probably best if you’re experienced in paddleboarding before trying your hand at touring False Creek, as it has some water you really don’t want to fall into. Boards can be rented from Vancouver Water Adventures on Granville Island.

Kitsilano Beach


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Not just a great place for beach volleyball, Kits Beach is also perfect for paddling around on the water. Take a lengthy trip west to visit Spanish Banks, or head under some bridges to find yourself at Granville Island. Either way, starting from Vancouver Water Adventure‘s Kitsilano Beach location is a good bet.

Sasamat Lake


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You’ll need to bring your own board for this one — or at least drive it out from a rental location, but once you make it there you’ll be paddling pretty on the warm and calm waters of Sasamat Lake.

Buntzen Lake


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A larger lake than Sasamat — but also a bit colder — Buntzen has some amazing views and beautiful trails to explore. Making it to the far end of the lake via paddle board may take you a while, but it will definitely be a calm trip.


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