Having to still get over my summer vacation – This year while in Vancouver I decided to do Kayaking. For those who are completely new to this term here is the meaning: Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is a low-to-the-water, canoe-like boat in which the paddler sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and then the other in rotation. Most kayaks have closed decks, although sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity as well.
One of the best places to do this is of course Vancouver while visiting the Granville Island I was able to do a this. Here is your mini guide if you are traveling to Vancouver you must give this a try.
For this first time visit I chose – Vancouver Water Adventures located at Granville Island ( They have another one on Kitsilano Beach). They offer several packages including Seadoos & Jet skis , Kayaks and Stand up paddle boards along with several tours – Private, night tour, Bowen island and much more. I chose Double 1 hour Rental for Kayak.
Overall Experience: My overall experience was fantastic, they are safety conscious and give you enough info to give you confidence, even if you are new to kayaking. They’ve got the friendliest and most knowledgable staff. The scenery is breath taking and the prices are good. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a great place for water adventures.
Note: If you are doing it on Granville Island make sure you go both the sides of the bridge and pass under the bridge for some breathtaking views. Here are some pics from my trip.
On the other hand – My friend who did the Light the Night tour & Oceans is yours says: The “light the night”, very cool to be kayaking around with the strobe lights on the sides, also this tour was an evening tour which I felt added to the experience. Our guides were Sarah and Laura and they were both very nice. I’m not sure of the area in which we traveled, but it was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend to anyone who likes/is curious about kayaking.
Sea doo tour- we did the “ocean is yours” tour, our guides were Matt and Andrew, and they were both very nice as well. I appreciated the stopping and regrouping every now and then to take in the scenery and check in on everyone, and then after that it was back to ripping around like crazy. The machines were near new, 200 something hours, and fast as hell (I got up to 55mph). We visited seal island which was so awesome, as well as the area by a few celebrities houses (Robert Deniro and Will Smith), and a lighthouse on this one island. There was also an opportunity to hop off and go for a swim. All in all it was just a fantastic experience and a great way to see Vancouver from a different perspective.
Here is there website for more information: http://vancouverwateradventures.com/