Explore Squamish


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. 

Mamquam River

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.

Squamish Estuary

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.

Alice Lake

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.

Ocean Kayaking

Head 20km south of Squamish to Porteau Cove, a popular spot for day tripping, 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: 

Kayak Tours

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.

See Also

Squamish Watersports

Alice Lake Provincial Park

Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Squamish Adventure Inn

Squamish Estuary

Sea to Sky Parks

Valhalla Pure Outfitters

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