Vancouver’s Westcoast location and gorgeous setting where the mountains meet the sea is what makes BC so breathtaking. Being able to take in this beauty every day is wonderful, especially when you can really appreciate it by taking in one of BC’s popular activities: kayaking.
False Creek flows in and out of English Bay and ends with the waterfront walkway at Science World. It is a protected inlet that divides downtown Vancouver from the rest of the city to the south. I have seen people kayaking in False Creek for years and have always wanted to try it. With the nice weather we have been having, I could no longer only gaze at False Creek from the sea wall.
The lesson started out with a short discussion on the dock, going over the different parts of a kayak and safety measures, before we hopped right into the kayaks. Our guide went over different paddle strokes and safety tips as we made away around False Creek. By the time we had finished after almost three hours, my confidence in kayaking had improved a lot.
The lesson also landed on the same day as Dragonboat Races. It was interesting to see the races right from the water, and we had to make sure we stayed clear of the chaos.
It was great to make contact with wildlife as well. Canadian geese and heron didn’t flinch as I paddled past them and a harbor seal appeared on a couple different occasions for a game of peek-a-boo.
I love that Kayaking is excellent exercise. Even on easy waters, like those in False Creek, paddling improves your flexibility and strength, but at the same time is mentally relaxing. When you’re in the water, it gives you a sense of peace and openness in a busy, bustling and condensed city.
My Kayak lesson was with Creekside Kayaks. The guide was fabulous: super friendly, great at describing exactly what to do and made kayaking a lot of fun. If you’re in Vancouver, I would highly recommend giving Creekside Kayaks a try.
Where did you have a fantastic kayaking experience?