With nearly 2 million lakes to choose from, there are plenty of places to begin your next kayaking adventure in Canada. With so much choice, however, it can be impossible to whittle it down. That’s why we at KayakReviewer have made our list of the top places to kayak in Canada.
Whether you’re planning a holiday away, or simply tired of visiting the same areas again and again – you’re likely to find something new or interesting.
The Top Kayaking Locations in Canada
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
Once known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, the archipelago Haida Gwaii is one of the world’s most phenomenal kayaking locations. Found roughly 35 miles away from the British Colombia Coast is a totally unique encounter, and one that is sure to leave you awestruck.
Since Haida Gwaii needs a multi-day trip to fully appreciate, this is somewhere I’d only recommend to experienced kayakers. Exploring this aquatic wilderness will certainly build memories you hold onto for a lifetime.
Some examples of the things you can experience are humpback whales, orcas, seals, and sea lions. What makes this place truly amazing, is that you can also see bears and wolves, prowling on land while you paddle. In order to make the most of your time, I would suggest you make use of a guided tour. This can help to make sure you see as much as possible, and thoroughly enjoy your time on the sea.
Churchill River, Manitoba
Have you ever wanted to paddle alongside beluga whales? If so, then be sure to make your way to Churchill River. Paddling around the mouth of Hudson’s Bay at the right time of year will bring you kayak-to-nose with some friendly seasonal visitors. These gentle giants are more than willing to play with you, whether you’re kayaking, paddle boarding, or even snorkelling!
When you’re finished with that, turn your eyes skyward to chance a glimpse at another astonishing sight. The Aurora Borealis. Of course, this isn’t certain, but if you’re lucky it’s the perfect way to end any kayaking adventure.
If your main goal is to view the magical spectacles that Churchill River has to offer, then do your research and make sure you visit at the correct time of year. It would be a great shame to miss out on the experience due to improper planning.
Rouge River, Quebec
A tributary of the Ottawa River, this is a great spot for the intermediate kayaker. The self-guided tours of Rouge River provide an excellent experience for those looking to enjoy what this meandering river has to offer, at their own pace.
It may not be well suited for those interested in guided tours, or the less experienced. This is because there are obstacles which newer kayakers may struggle to overcome. Shallow water, for example, may prove an issue to kayaks getting stuck in the sand.
The river itself is mainly calm, although there are several moments of rapids that really get the blood pumping. There are also plenty of beaches along the route for you to stop for lunch, or even have a swim. Most kayakers know about the Ottawa River, but this tributary can give you a fresh experience on a popular locale.
Three Sisters, Nova Scotia
One of the first things you’ll notice when you approach the cliffs of Nova Scotia’s Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is the soaring stone spires that make the ‘Three Sisters’. Visiting these natural structures by kayak allows you to get an unparalleled view, and is simply unforgettable.
If you do want to experience these gorgeous landmarks for yourself, sea kayak expeditions launch from Spicer Cove. This is a brilliant way for you to get up close and personal with one of nature’s jaw-dropping landmarks.
Since it is open water, it can be rougher depending on the weather, but on calmer days it makes for a perfect family outing. If you do plan to explore this area during rougher seas though, then make sure you are well prepared beforehand.
Saint John River Relics, New Brunswick
Located at Dominion Park Beach (a short 15-minute drive away from Saint John), is this exceptional piece of ancient natural beauty. Paddling here is an absolute joy. You are gifted the opportunity to paddle along an ice age river; created over 15,000 years ago by melting glaciers. Cruising alongside rock walls and marble quarries estimated to be over 850 million years old is an incredible experience.
There are incredible photo opportunities too. Whether you’re impressed by the rock formations, a lighthouse hidden among the trees, or the bald eagle nest, you’re bound to find something you like. The water may not be stimulating enough for thrill-seeking kayakers, but if you love sightseeing while gracefully gliding in your kayak, this location is one you cannot skip on.
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