Go with the flow and experience Squamish from one of its many rivers or the turquoise waters of Howe Sound. There are no shortage of views nor venues for the ocean and river kayaker to explore. Rentals and tours are also available from a variety of local operators.
Located just 5 minutes from Downtown Squamish, the Mamquam River consistently delivers an excellent play-wave as well as a fine slalom course further upstream, making it a favourite among Canada’s top racers.
This peaceful stretch of water is a natural paradise and perfect choice for a gentle float where you’ll see plenty of sights including birds, seals, plantlife and as well as the some of the best unobstructed views in town of the Stawamus Chief.
This local favourite is a top choice for families looking for calm freshwater play. Launch sites are located at each end of the lake beside the picnic areas and kayak rentals are available during the summer months. For rates and details contact Sea to Sky Parks at 1.604.986.9371 or info [at] seatoskyparks.com.
Head 20km south of Squamish to Porteau Cove, a popular spot for daytripping, camping and ocean play. If you’re embarking on your first ocean kayaking adventure, this is a great place to start. But be warned: just one gentle paddle along the shoreline and you might just never want to leave. Other notable spots in the area are Anvil Island, Christie Inlet, Pam Rocks and Gambier Island, each of which are best-suited to the intermediate to advanced paddler.
Before you head out on the water, make sure that you are well equipped for the day ahead by securing rentals from the following locations:
- Aerial Kiteboarding & Squamish Watersports (located downtown Squamish, next to Main Street waterfront parking lot)
- Squamish Adventure Inn (located just off the intersection of Highway 99 and Loggers Lane)
- Sea to Sky Adventure Co (located at the Squamish Adventure Centre)
- Sea to Sky Parks (located at Alice Lake Provincial Park)
- Valhalla Pure Outfitters (located at The Squamish Station shopping centre)
Squamish Watersports offers waterside rentals and tours of up to 20 people. With lessons and tours available they offer scenic routes in the Squamish Estuary, river or downwind tour. They also have transport equipment available for easy travel to any destination.