Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

A bucket list destination for those seeking the zen of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Centrally located on Vancouver Island, the Alberni Valley offers a diverse range of waterways, from serene lakes to dynamic rivers, providing the perfect canvas for paddlers of all skill levels. Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in the Alberni Valley is a diverse and rewarding experience. From the tranquility of freshwater lakes to the excitement of lively rivers and the coastal beauty of the Alberni Inlet, water enthusiasts are sure to find their ideal paddle in this picturesque region. So, grab your paddle, embrace the waters, and discover the unique charm of kayaking and SUP in the Alberni Valley. Looking for something with more adrenaline? Check out our notes on Waterski/Wakeboarding or Windsurf/Kiteboarding!

Paddling boarding at China Creek Campground, Port Alberni

Paddling boarding at China Creek Campground, Port Alberni

A Water Enthusiast’s Paradise

Experience the natural beauty of Sproat Lake, Somass River, and Alberni Inlet through kayaking and paddleboarding adventures. Glide across the calm waters of Sproat Lake, navigate the dynamic currents of the Somass River. For a saltwater escape, explore the rugged coastline and sheltered coves of the Alberni Inlet, encountering marine life along the way. Whether you seek tranquility or excitement, these pristine waterways offer unforgettable experiences in nature.


Exploring Pristine Sproat Lake

Sproat Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes on Vancouver Island, beckons kayakers and paddleboarders with its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking surroundings. The calm and expansive lake surface provides an ideal setting for a leisurely paddle or an invigorating SUP workout. With minimal motorized boat traffic, visitors can enjoy a peaceful and unspoiled experience, surrounded by lush forests and the scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Paddle the Somass River

For those seeking more dynamic waters, the Somass River offers an exhilarating kayaking experience. With sections ranging from mild to challenging rapids, paddlers can navigate through diverse landscapes, from dense forests to open stretches with stunning mountain views. Stand-up paddleboarders also find their stride on the slower-moving sections, combining the excitement of river exploration with the balance and tranquility of SUP.

Travel the Coastal Currents

Venture further west, and the Alberni Inlet opens up opportunities for saltwater kayaking and paddleboarding. Explore sheltered coves, watch marine life, and feel the ocean breeze as you paddle along the stunning coastline. The inlet’s diverse ecosystems and occasional encounters with seals, eagles, and other wildlife enhance the experience, providing a unique connection to nature.


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Kayak and SUP Rentals and Tours

Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a novice looking to try kayaking or SUP, the Alberni Valley offers convenient access to rentals and guided tours. Local outfitters provide equipment suitable for all skill levels, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. Joining a guided tour not only enhances your paddling skills but also provides insights into the rich natural history and cultural significance of the region.