Paddling & Diving in Vancouver Coast & Mountains
 
Sea Kayaking

Sea kayakers might spend a lifetime along the British Columbia coast. There are enough islands, inlets and fjords to explore that you need not look anywhere else. The coast has dozens of marine parks, many with excellent camping facilities. The kicker is, this is also one of the worlds best wildlife viewing areas with Gray Whales, Killer Whales, Sea Lions, Grizzly Bears. Why even the Porpoises have decided to come back.

 
 
 
 
  Note: The coastal waters are cold, the area is well known for thick impenetrable fogs and the currents and tides pose additional problems. Most of the coast is suitable for experts only. If you don't have the ocean experience and the requisite skills contact one of the areas many guides.
 
  • Sechelt Inlet - Sechelt: BC
  • Desolation Sound (Provincial Park)- Powell River, Lund: BC
  • Indian Arm Provincial Park- Vancouver, Belcarra: BC
  • Roberts Creek- Vancouver, Sechelt: BC
  • Copeland Islands- Powell River, Lund: BC
  • False Creek- Granville Island- Vancouver: BC
  • Saltery Bay Provincial Park- Powell River, Saltery Bay: BC
  • Sargeant Bay Provincial Park- Vancouver, Sechelt: BC
  • Plumper Cove- Vancouver, Gibsons: BC
  • Porpoise Bay- Vancouver, Sechelt: BC
  • Jarvis Inlet- Sechelt: BC
  • Princess Louisa Inlet- Sechelt, Earls Cove: BC
  • Porteau Cove- Vancouver, Britannia Beach: BC
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    Canoe Tripping

    Given the areas topology you might not expect any opportunities for canoe tripping but fortunately this isn't the case. The secret is out about the Powell Forest Canoe route and this area is gaining popularity every year. There are other possibilities on some of the areas rivers and big lakes (experts only) and as the sport gains popularity we full expect more routes to be developed.

    • Harrison River - 17km from Harrison Lake, Harrison Lake and the Fraser River, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Fraser River - 24km, Intermediate/Expert, from Yale to Hope, Class II and III rapids, Dangerous at very high water levels, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Harrison Lake - 10km+, Harrison Hot Springs, there are lots of campsite on the west side of the lake, as you move up the lake you are getting into serious backcountry, Note: This is a very large lake, crossings can be dangerous or even fatal if the the weather turns. As with most high mountain fed lakes the waters can be dangerously cold posing a very real threat of hypothermia. Be prepared to be beach bound when the wind comes up. route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Allouette Lake - 10km, put in at the day use area in Golden Ears Provincial Park parking area,there are two front country and one backcountry campsite on the west side of the lake (contact the park for availability). Note: This is a large lake, crossings can be dangerous or even fatal if the the weather turns. As with most high mountain fed lakes the waters can be dangerously cold posing a very real threat of hypothermia. Be prepared to be beach bound when the wind comes up - Golden Ears Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Pitt Lake 10km+, Neaves Rd North from the Dewdney Trunk Rd. A unique saltwater/tidal lake, there are three designated campsites, one on the western shore and two more on the eastern shore. The east shores of the lake are within Golden Ears Provincial Park, contact the park for more information. Note: This is a large lake, crossings can be dangerous or even fatal if the the weather turns, landing spots may be hard to find. The lakes mud flats can be particularly dangerous in inclement weather. As with most high mountain fed lakes the waters can be dangerously cold posing a very real threat of hypothermia. Be prepared to be beach bound when the wind comes up. The lake is best left to the experts in big lake canoeing - Golden Ears Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Powell Forest Canoe Route - 65km, access from Hwy 101 about 20km east of Powell River head north on Mac B main line logging road then east on Branch 41 Rd. This is a lake route through a gorgeous area of the Sunshine coast. There are twenty campsites along the route which will allow you to choose a pace that best suites your style. The route encompasses eight lakes and either five or six portages (your choice)and forms a horse shoe pattern which requires you to have some way to return to the put-in. Safety Considerations: Portage all connecting streams since there are unrunnable sections. The route has big lakes which may have dangerous conditions and may pin you down for several days. This is a wilderness area and you must be adequately skilled and prepared to meet its challenges. For more information: Sunshine Coast Forest District 7077 Duncan Street, Powell River, British Columbia, V8A 1W1, 604-485-0700

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    Rafting

     
     
      The Vancouver Coast and Mountain Region has a number of world class white water rafting rivers just a stones through from Vancouver or Whistler. These include the Elaho, the Squamish, the Chilliwack just to name a few. Rafting ranges from wild to mild with several companies providing trips with class IV whitewater or float trips that just let you kick back and take in some of the most breath taking scenery in the world.
     
    Elaho River Adventures is an outdoor adventure company specializing in river rafting and located in Squamish, BC, “The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”. Elaho River Adventures offers class III, IV whitewater on the Elaho and scenic floats with interpretive walks through old growth forests.
     

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    White Water Paddling - Kayaking, Canoeing, Rafting

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    Photo courtesy Fathom Five National Park
      Diving

    The Coast and Mountain region offers dozens if not hundreds of locations for divers. The clear waters, and protected areas combined with the ease of access make this an excellent area to explore. The area has abundant sea life including a high concentration of Octipi along the Sunshine Coast. In addition there are a number of sunken wrecks at various locations including some within an hour of Vancouver.

     
    Photo courtesy Fathom Five National Park
     
    • Beach Gardens Marina - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Breakwater - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Copeland Islands - Sea Lions, November - April, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Dinner Rock - Wreck of the Gulf Stream - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Grilse Point - Octopus - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • The Hulks - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Iron Mines - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Lighthouse Park - Anenomes, Multi-hued Starfish, Sea to Sky, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Little Island, Southern Tip - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Major Rock - Seals - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Marshal Rock - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Octopus City - Octopus and a wreck - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Okeover Caves - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Porteau Cove Provincial Park - Sunken Tug Boat and Mine Sweeper, Sea to Sky, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Rebecca Rock - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Saltery Bay Provincial Park - Under water statue of a Mermaid - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Scotch Fir Point - Sea Lions, November - April, - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Texada Island East and West Sides - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Vivian Island - Wreck of the Shamrock - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • The Wreck - Wreck of the Malahat - Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • West Cates Park - Indian Arm, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains