What better time to try out a new water-focused activity than in the heat of summer? Our province is packed with opportunities, even if your local pool may not be open yet. Whether on the ocean, in a lake or on the river, there’s an activity for everyone:
Kayaking/Canoeing—a great family adventure! If you don’t have a boat, rent to assess everyone’s interest level. See the world from a different perspective paddling on pristine lakes or in calm ocean bays. Make it easier on younger children and novices by renting boats that hold multiple people. Don’t forget your lifejackets!
Paddleboarding—also called SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards), these have grown exponentially popular the last few years. Rent one at the beach or invest in an inflatable one that fits in a large backpack for easy transport. Once you’ve mastered it, try doing SUP yoga! Lakes in the Okanagan are the perfect place to find calm waters: https://www.kelownacapnews.com/marketplace/the-best-spots-to-go-paddleboarding-in-the-okanagan/.
Swimming—even with many public pools closed due to COVID-19, there’s plenty of opportunity to go swimming outdoors in a lake or the ocean. Consider investing in a thin wetsuit for longer swims. Remember most of these areas do not have lifeguards so swim in pairs and keep a close eye on children.
Surfing—if you’re heading to Tofino this summer, consider trying out surfing by taking a lesson or renting a board. You’ll also need a wetsuit, even on the hottest day, as the ocean temperature never reaches above 17C. https://www.surfsister.com/
Rafting/Tubing—from exhilarating white water to lazy floats, rivers throughout BC are the perfect chance to get out with the family. The Kootenays are the perfect destination to try this activity: https://nelsonwhitewaterrafting.com/.
Snorkeling/Scuba—experience our rich marine ecosystems up close and personal on a snorkeling or scuba adventure. In Campbell River, you can even snorkel with salmon! https://destinyriver.com/snorkel-salmon-adventures
Windsurfing/Kiteboarding—do you have the need for speed? Fly over the water on a windsurfer or kiteboard. Howe Sound near Squamish is a world-class destination, along with so many other coastal areas in the Lower Mainland. Visit http://www.kiteboardbc.com/ for more information.
Waterskiing/Wakeboarding—Lake lovers unite! Just remember to always have a spotter in the boat to communicate between the driver and the person being towed. Visit https://www.hellobc.com/things-to-do/beaches-lakes/ to find a lake near you.
So this summer, get outside and get wet! Don’t forget your sunscreen and safety gear. For more information on watersports and activities in your community, try checking out the tourism websites, for example: