Paddling and boating

Paddling and boating in Vancouver

Vancouver offers many great waterways for paddling and boating in a variety of vessels including:

  • Kayaks
  • Canoes
  • Sailboats
  • Motorized boats
  • Dragonboats

For your safety 

  • Boats and windsurfers must stay at least 300m from swimming beaches
  • Windsurfing is only permitted from Locarno and Kitsilano beaches
  • On a trial basis, kiteboarding is only permitted from Spanish Banks Beach

Register for recreation programs and services

Our registration and reservation system is easy to navigate and helps you plan, track, and manage all your recreation requests in one place.

If you are a new user, setting up your account is easy with an email address. Just create a password, complete your profile, and you’re ready to go.

Register for activities

Partner organizations and clubs

Paddling and boating partners

Participate in a variety of paddle and boating activities like kayaking, dragonboating, canoeing, and sailing with our paddling and boating partner organizations.

Vancouver marinas

Marinas and amenities

Find information on Park Board marinas in Vancouver and learn about the services they provide for both long and short-term boaters.

Community centres with boating centres and programs


Amenities include a fitness centre, a gymnasium, dance and yoga studios, multi-purpose rooms, a child care centre, and paddling launch. The centre is located at 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1. 604-257-3050.

False Creek

The False Creek Community Centre is located at 1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8195. Amenities include a dance and pottery studio, fitness centre with sauna, tennis courts, gymasium, water park, playground, and boating programs including dragonboating and kayaking.

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Windsurfing, skimboarding, and standup paddling

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Paddling Centre

Southeast False Creek Paddling Centre

The City and Park Board have built a Paddling Centre in Southeast False Creek.

Jericho Sailing Centre

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Discover dinghy sailing, windsurfing, ocean kayaking, stand-up paddling, and more at the Jericho Sailing Centre.

The centre introduces thousands each year to our marine environment with safe, low-cost programs, and services.