Kayaking & Canoeing
Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)
Happily for kayakers, the sparkling, sheltered waters off Vancouver's North Shore are picturesquely framed by massive coastal mountains, and abound with sightings of animals, birds, and marine life.
It creates an optimal environment for a kayaking adventure. Go for a tranquil paddle in Deep Cove and the adjoining Indian Arm, just a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
Kayaking in Deep Cove & Indian Arm
Scintillating natural beauty awaits kayakers in Deep Cove, whose namesake neighbourhood lies on the eastern shores of North Vancouver. Indian Arm, extending to the north, is an 18km/11mi fjord that traditionally fell within the territory of the Tseil-Waututh Aboriginal people, flanked by Mount Seymour Provincial Park to the west and Indian Arm Provincial Park to the east.
Indian Arm Marine Park
Kayaking independently or with a guide (a smart option for newbies), head out into these pristine, semi-wilderness waters burgeoning with squid, crabs, and jellyfish. Keep an eye open for harbour seals lolling placidly on log floats. Sunshine showcases the multi-million-dollar homes that ring Deep Cove, while rain and mist bring a mystical atmosphere. Paddle past the fir-and-cedar-laden Raccoon Island and Twin Islands, which constitute Indian Arm Marine Park.
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