6 Great Places Across Canada For Paddle Boarding
Paddleboarding is an activity popular for a great number of reasons. It benefits both physical and mental health, while simultaneously being a watersport enjoyed by both individuals and groups. Paddleboarding is also welcoming to beginners, not only because of its well-established and friendly community but because it has a small learning curve and can be enjoyed by those of varying ages and physical abilities.
Perhaps, however, the most important aspect of its popularity is, unlike a watersport such as surfing, it can be enjoyed on many bodies of water and during many seasons, not requiring waves or specific weather conditions. With Canada’s huge number of lakes and remarkable coastline, it is easy to understand why SUP, or stand-up paddleboarding, has become one of the most popular watersports in the country.
If you’re looking to get started, or to find a new and exciting SUP location across Canada, then we’re got just the list for you, with six great paddleboarding locations across the country.
Every paddleboard enthusiast within Canada should have Kalamalka Lake on their list of destinations. In addition to being one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, it is also home to the country’s largest SUP festival too!
Long Lake Provincial Park, NS
While Nova Scotia is certainly not short of stunning coasts upon which to paddleboard, it is Long Lake where you will typically find the most SUP activity. This stunning stretch of water is dense with surrounding wilderness and is large enough that, even during the height of summer tourism, there is always a quiet spot to find.
Bay Of Fundy, NB
If it is the exploration of caves and islands that takes your fancy, then paddleboarding around the Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy is certainly for you. And, depending on whether you venture out during a low or high tide, you are set to have a wildly different experience because the bay is famous for having the highest tide in the world.
Witless Bay, NL
One of Canada’s most remote and idyllic locations is also the perfect landscape to paddleboard. Pristine waters make for a wonderful paddleboarding adventure and you may even encounter wildlife. Just remember, especially when around larger aquatic creatures, safety is key!
With a beautiful rocky coastline, as well as a number of rivers, Havre-Saint-Pierre, also known as le Harve, has become renowned among watersports communities. Both the water and the climate make this a location worth visiting, and it offers a great opportunity to experience a beautiful ecosystem that prospers besides a quaint but thriving community.
Buffalo Pound, Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan has a number of suitable lakes for paddleboarding, such as Meadow Lake and Greenwater Lake. However, it is in the south that you will find the pristine waters of Buffalo Pound, a favourite location among the province’s established paddleboarding community. Additionally, it has a number of other established activities that can be enjoyed too, from heated outdoor pools to professional disc golf courses, making it a great destination for the entire family too.