There are three activities I will always recommend for visitors to Vancouver (and locals) if they’re looking to fully enjoy our city: The first is to get up a mountain (hiking or by taking a SkyRide), the second is to explore Stanley Park (SeaWall and forest trails), and the third is to get out on the water. There’s still plenty of time this season to take to the waters off English Bay, Deep Cove, or Port Moody and what better way to explore than in a kayak.
Where to Rent a Kayak in Vancouver
If you’re looking to rent a kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard (“SUP”) this summer check out the following locations, many of them are right on the beach. Summer hours for most run until September, with limited winter rental options past October. Click through to each listing to find the very best location and provider.
Who: EcoMarine Paddlesports Centre
Where: Granville Island (1668 Duranleau St), English Bay (1700 Beach Ave), Jericho Beach (1300 Discovery St)
What You Can Rent: Kayaks, SUP, dragon boat
Extras: Long-term rentals, seasons passes, rack and gear rental, some winter rentals
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Who: Creekside Kayaks
Where: #1 Athletes Way
What You Can Rent: Kayak, SUP
Extras: Introduction to kayak courses
Who: Natural West Coast Adventures
Where: Marine Drive & Bay Street, White Rock
What You Can Rent: Kayaks, equipment
Extras: Multi-day extended rentals, guided paddle tours locally and in the Fraser Valley
Disclosure: I have rented from EcoMarine and Deep Cove Kayak before so those are the only two I can fully endorse as having a great service and fleet options.