Kayaking Vancouver is an amazing experience for locals and tourist alike. There’s plenty of healthy outdoor adventure to be had! A great way to experience the abundant natural beauty of our coastal city, is our guided kayak adventure & beach BBQ! Enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery British Columbia has to offer. For a truly amazing ocean adventure be sure to check out our BC Gulf Islands Kayak and Seaplane Tour.
Don’t worry if you’re not in perfect physical condition, experience and fitness are not required for this sea kayak adventure! Bonus – you don’t have to worry about travelling for hours to find world class kayaking, we’ve got it right here and the BC Gulf Islands, it’s barely half an hour away from downtown! Find more fun things here.
Ocean Kayak Day Trips in Indian Arm with Lotus Land Tours
Once you are booked on your tour, our mini-bus will pick you up at your hotel. From there we’ll carry on to Indian Arm – a protected ocean inlet that is Canada’s southernmost glacial fjord. The adventure begins! You’ll instantly relax as you wind through the rain forest towards the beautiful shores of Indian Arm Provincial Park. The road ends at Woodlands, a small settlement with the last northern public access dock to Indian Arm Inlet.
Now you’re ready to embark in comfortable two-seater sea-kayaks that will take you on what is easily the best kayaking tour in the city. Rest assured, our trained guides will interpret the wild life around you and ensure your comfort and safety for the entire tour. You’ll leisurely paddle your way through the spectacular British Columbia wilderness on the lookout for sea stars, seals and mighty bald eagles! We also provide corporate and family trips.
You may work up an appetite, so we’ll take a break at Twin Island, a tiny marine park island with spectacular views of the inlet. Our 3-course picnic lunch includes delicious freshly grilled salmon. After lunch there will be time for a swim if it’s a hot day, a walk through the woods or a lovely nap in the sun before you return to the city rejuvenated, invigorated and recharged!
|Tour Details – 3 Hour Kayaking Tour with Lunch Barbecue & Free Hotel Pick-Up
|Dates||Daily between April 15 and October 15|
|Pick-up||Anywhere in Vancouver|
|Time||09:30 – 16:00|
||about 6 hours|
|Exclusions||Gratuities are not included in the price. They are discretionary. In Canada it is customary to acknowledge good service with a gratuity of 10 -15 per cent.|
|Participants||Min 6 (*) /max 12 participants|
|What to Bring||On sunny days bring drinking water, shorts, comfortable shoes and sun protection. On a cool day wear long cotton pants and a jacket. We provide full rain gear if required.|
|(*) If you have less participants in your group please e-mail the number of participants interested and your preferred travel dates. We will schedule a trip as soon as the minimum number is reached. Dates for trips you can join are:||Friday, July 21|
Are the boats comfortable?
The boats are stable and comfortable two-seater kayaks. The cockpit between the two paddlers is open for easy entry and exit. A foot operated rudder helps you steer in the right direction. Each child is accompanied by a parent. We have never lost anyone overboard as long as the company exists.
What weather should I expect?
The climate is mild but very changeable. Summers are sunny but not hot, with temperatures averaging in the mid to high 20s Celsius (70/80 Fahrenheit). Frequent ocean winds keep the climate very comfortable and evenings can be cool. During the winter the temperature seldom dips below freezing. Snow in the city is a rare occurrence and the little that falls does not stay long on the ground. Most of the rain falls between November and May. Although the temperature rarely dips below 0 C (32 F) the high humidity makes even mildly low temperatures feel uncomfortable.
How should I dress?
Be prepared for weather changes and bring layers of clothing. Fleece west/jacket and long cotton pants on a cooler day. A jacket made from GORTEX keeps the rain out but does not trap body moisture. Light cotton pants are a more comfortable and faster drying choice than blue jeans. Wear comfortable shoes. You don’t have to step into the water.
What happens if it rains?
Rain is a key component of the rain forest on North West Pacific coast. It creates a very special atmosphere and wild life sightings are more frequent during the rain. Our kayak trips go rain or shine. In case of rain we provide provide full rain suits, hats and paddling gloves. Lunch will be served under a tarp. However, we do reserve the right to cancel a trip if the weather is too inclement. Charges will not apply in this case.
Will I see wildlife?
The Pacific North West Coast has one of the richest bio diversity in the world (bio diversity = numbers of organisms living in a square inch). A multitude of rivers flow from the coastal mountains into the ocean. Every year during the spring when the snow melts in the mountains, the rivers discharge a multitude of nutrients into the coastal waters causing a rich growth of underwater vegetation, which attracts a multitude of invertebrates and fish that spawn here. Fish and invertebrates in turn attract mammals and birds that feed on them. Every year millions of Pacific salmon travel up and down the rivers along the PacificCoast.
Finally, a substantial difference between low and high tide (up to 15 feet) exposes thousands of acres of nutritious seabed along the coast every 6 hours to the air attracting a myriad of birds. Many migrating birds choose their route to and from the Arctic along the coast because of this food supply. In fact, many of these birds over winter right here along the coast.
Do I have to be an expert?
You don’t have to be experienced or fit to come on our trips. At the start of the trip you will receive instructions boat handling and how to paddle efficiently without unnecessary effort. You travel in safe and comfortable 2-seater kayaks that are equipped with rudders for easy navigation. The paddling is shared between you and your partner. Group sizes are kept small and usually do not exceed 6 participants. You are accompanied by qualified guides at all times who will look after your comfort and make sure that the trip does not exceed your ability to keep up.
Where will customers be picked-up?
We pick up from all hotels, bed & breakfasts, residences and hostels in city, North Van, the airport and Richmond. Clients traveling from further away but within access of the Skytrain network can be met at the Burrard Street station downtown. In addition we have 2 pick-up locations for clients traveling by car from further away. Visitors traveling by camper can be picked-up from the Capilano RV Park.
Is the trip suited for small children?
The kayak excursion is suited for children as young as 4 years old.