From kayaking the Howe Sound to heli-rafting down Golden’s Kicking Horse River, British Columbia is revered as a world-renowned paddling destination, offering an unparalleled variety of experiences that appeal to every kind of paddler, from novice to expert.
Now, locals and tourists alike can easily discover Canada’s best paddling experiences all year long, thanks to PaddleBC.ca, an online directory of paddling destinations, guided excursions plus essential tips.
PaddleBC.ca offers people a convenient directory of BC’s top waterways for paddling, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, and kayak fishing, across the six diverse regions of the province, with a focus on vetted experiences that ensure safe and memorable excursions.
“BC is a year-round destination of choice, offering visitors and residents alike the opportunity to enjoy acclaimed paddling experiences in multiple corners of the province, in all seasons,” says Robyn Hanson, Manager of Co-op Marketing Programs with Destination BC. “The work of Paddle BC continues to reflect the remarkable partnerships, and visitor experiences and servicing, for which BC is known.”
BC is known for year-round paddling excursions around the province, such as:
Spring: The ideal time to book a whitewater rafting adventure as the melting mountain snows swell the rivers making for some incredibly exciting paddling. BC is renowned for such waterways as the Kicking Horse River near Golden, the Elk River near Fernie, and the Cheakamus River near Squamish.
Summer: The best time for flat-water paddling excursions, such as the famed 113-kilometre-long Bowron Lakes circuit, or for enjoying a day-long tour of Kamloops Lake hosted by a Moccasin Trails guide, who will share ancestral songs and stories dating back thousands of years.
Fall: The autumn months are the best time for enjoying slower paddles in BC like in the Columbia River wetlands near Golden.
Winter: Paddlers can explore waters such as the Howe Sound, or enjoy guided paddling trips off the south coast of Vancouver Island near Victoria where large herds of sea lions and flocks of waterfowl can be seen up close.
With over 25,000 kilometres of ocean coastline to explore, and more than 20,000 lakes, BC offers a greater variety and diversity of waterways than anywhere else in Canada. Thanks to PaddleBC.ca, finding your next paddling adventure is easier than ever.
Launched in 2022, Paddle BC is a collaboration between paddling associations and tourism organizations. Learn more here.
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