Vancouver Kayaking & Beach BBQ Adventure
Short, guided Vancouver kayaking adventure & beach BBQ in spectacular British Columbia scenery
- Min 2 – max 14 participants
- Min age 3 - max 92 (so far)
- 3 easy hours on the water
- salmon barbecue lunch
- pick-up from anywhere in Vancouver
Only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver lies Indian Arm, a protected ocean inlet that is Canada’s southernmost glacial fjord.
Discover the spectacular British Columbia scenery on a short, guided Vancouver kayaking adventure.
Discover sea stars, seals and, occasionally mighty bald eagles while meandering leisurel through spectacular British Columbia wilderness.
Highlight is a salmon barbecue served on the beach.
Our mini-bus will pick you up from your hotel and take you along a narrow, winding road through mostly uninhabited rain forest to the shores of Indian Arm.
The road ends at Woodlands, a small settlement with the last northern public access dock to Indian Arm Inlet. Here you embark in comfortable two-seater sea-kayaks that will take you on what is easily the best sea kayaking adventure in breathtaking British Columbia ocean and mountain scenery. At all times you are accompanied by trained guides who interpret the wild life around you and ensure your comfort.
Glacial fjords have unique characteristics. Visually they resemble the beauty and calm of mountain lakes. However, they are connected to the Pacific Ocean and contain a similar diversity of marine life. The rocky shores are covered with barnacles, mussels, anemones, sea stars and crabs, as well as various types of seaweed. The most common sea mammal here is the harbour seal. Their heads often pop up above the water and their curious large eyes follow your every movement.
Exposed by extremely low tidal drops, the shores attract a myriad of water birds and eagles at different times of the year. During the winter months Indian Arm is home to migrating ducks, loons, grebes, and other diving birds. Your lunch destination is a small, uninhabited island with great views of the inlet. Refresh yourself with a tasty 3-course picnic lunch that includes freshly grilled salmon. After lunch there is some time for a swim on a hot day, a walk through the woods or just nap in the sun before you return to the city rejuvenated, invigorated and recharged.
This is easily one of the best Vancouver kayaking adventures the city has to offer.
Experience and fitness are not required for this Vancouver kayaking Adventure.
|Wildlife||Seals, blue herons, cormorants, sea stars and occasionally bald eagles|
|Dates||Daily between April and October|
|Pick-up||Anywhere in Vancouver|
|Time||09:30 – 16:00|
||Total time about 6 hours. 4 hours water time including lunch plus transportation from/to hotel|
|Participants||Minimum 2 up to 12 participants per trip|
|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.|
FAQ’sAre 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 overboards as long as the company exists.
The climate of Vancouver 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 temperaure rarely dips below 0 C (32 F) the high humidity makes even mildly low temperatures feel uncomfortable.
Be prepared for weather changes and bring layers of clothing. Fleece west/jacket and long cotton patns 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 Pacific Coast.
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 the Vancouver kayak 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 Vancouver, North Vancouver, 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 in North Vancouver under the Lions Gate Bridge.
Is the trip suited for small children?
The Vancouver kayak excursion is suited for children as young as 4 years old. Small children travel in between their parents in the same boat.