Two of Vancouver’s favourite events, paddleboarding and kayaking, are returning to the city in a big way.
Back for another summer is MEC’s Big Chop Summer Paddle Series, a series of paddleboarding and kayak races that take place on the waters of Vancouver Harbour.
Paddlers make their way across the scenic route on a warm summer’s evening, taking part in drinks, a BBQ, and live music afterwards.
The main event is a fun “race” that offers an 8 km “Big Chop Course” for experienced paddlers and a 4 km “Little Chop Course” for beginners.
The races begin on Thursday, April 19 and occur every second Thursday until their final race on Thursday, August 23.
Participants are allowed to use a wide range of boats and crafts. Surfskis, ocean kayaks, double kayaks, and stand-up Paddleboards are eligible for the race.
Registration starts at 6 pm every night. Entry for the race costs $15 and you can join even if you don’t own your own equipment. All it takes is a simple rental.
Rentals are cheap and beginner friendly; a single kayak or paddleboard is only $10. If you plan on borrowing a board from the organizers though, they will need to be reserved the night prior.
MEC also offers introductory clinics for beginners before every Big Chop race.
When: Starting Thursday, April 19, every second Thursday
Time: 6 pm to 8:30
Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Tickets: On location, $15