Awesome Hikes Near Vancouver to SUP

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Vancouver has captured my heart because it lays in that sweet spot where the mountains meet the ocean. It’s the perfect place to hike, and also to paddle! If I’m not out hiking, you’ll probably find me on a board, and whenever possible, you’ll find me doing both! Some of my favourite hikes near Vancouver to SUP are up to alpine lakes so I can explore them by paddle, or they are water-access only trails requiring you to paddle to them. With my awesome Thurso Surf inflatable Waterwalker 10’6″ SUP complete with backpack, almost nothing is off limits.

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Boyfriend on his Thurso Surf SUP at upper Joffre Lake

Water-Access Hiking Trails

Below are some great water access only hikes you get to with your standup paddleboard.

Widgeon Falls

While you can technically access the Widgeon Falls trail by foot, it’s much quicker to paddle there from the boat launch across from Pitt Lake Canoe Adventures rental shop. It’s a 10km round trip paddle along Widgeon Creek, and then a 6km roundtrip easy hike to the falls. Be sure to check tide times to cross Pitt Lake at slack tide, otherwise the current is strong and it’s difficult to cross.

Learn more on the Outdoor Vancouver website here.

Widgeon Lake

Widgeon Falls is the destination beyond Widgeon Falls. It’s a tough hike with route-finding skills required, difficult to complete as a day hike. I’d camp near the falls trailhead at Widgeon Creek Campground or backpack up to camp at the lake.

Learn more on the Live Trails website here.

Cirque Lake

Drive your high clearance 4×4 up to Callaghan Lake (where you can camp for free, by the way), paddle 2km across the lake to the trailhead. It’s only a 2km hike up to this beauty, but gains 300 metres so be ready for a heart-pumping half hour.

Learn more on the Whistler Hiatus website here.

Mt Artaban – Gambier Island

It’s a long and potentially treacherous paddle, but heading over to Gambier Island is time well-spent if this is within your skill level. It’s 15km from Horseshoe Bay or 10km from Lions Bay. I’ve only kayaked over from Bowen Island, but if I were SUP, I would go from Lions Bay so you’re not crossing a BC Ferries path. The hike is 10km return gaining 615 metres from Halkett Bay. Given the time required to access the island, as well as the distance and difficulty level of the hike, I’d highly recommend camping at Halkett Bay Marine Provincial Park. There’s a beautiful backcountry wilderness campsite just above the beach where you can land.

Learn more via AllTrails here.

Leading Peak – Anvil Island

Leading Peak, the highest point on Anvil island, is one of my favourite hikes in Howe Sound. Anvil Island is only a few kms from the mainland if you can launch close enough. Ideally, you’d find a spot between Lions Bay and Porteau Cove to minimize the distance. Like with Gambier, and any ocean paddling, you need to be aware of the dangers and only attempt if its within your skill level. Of course always be PaddleSmart. The hike is short but very steep and has some sections of scrambling. The trail is 13km round trip and gains 1,050 metres. Again like Gambier, it’d be an incredibly long day to do this as a day trip so I’d recommend camping overnight.

Learn more in my trail report here.

Hike-Access Lakes to SUP

While my Thurso Surf Waterwalker isn’t the lightest thing in the world, it’s definitely doable and oh so worth it to carry it up short distances to paddle some lakes that rarely see watercrafts. Unlike vehicle-access lakes, these babies aren’t typically full of quite as many people.

Joffre Lakes

Joffre Lakes is a 7.7km trail gaining 491 metres. It’s a pretty tough slog, but incredibly rewarding to paddle a glacial lake.

 

 

 
 
 
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Learn more on the BC Parks website here.

Lindeman Lake

Lindeman Lake is much easier to access with only half the distance and elevation gain as Joffre. It’s a 3.5km RT trail gaining 200 metres.

Learn more on Vancouver Trailshere.

Mystery Lake

Mystery Lake is another easy hike in at only 3km round trip and 140 metres gain. Located on Mount Seymour in North Vancouver, it’s a great destination for a summertime evening jaunt up after work.

Learn more in this post by lynncanyon.ca

Whyte Lake

Whyte Lake in West Vancouver is 6km round trip gaining just over 300 metres.

Learn more in my Whyte Lake trail report.

Edith, Fawn and Stump Lakes

Most people are familiar with Alice Lake in Squamish, but did you know there is a trail from there called the Four Lakes Trail? It’s an easy 6km loop gaining 138 metres that passes by Alice, Edith, Fawn and Stump Lakes; each every kilometre or so.

Learn more at AllTrails.

For even more lake ideas, check out my post “Hikes to Swimming Spots Near Vancouver.

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