Canada is overflowing with opportunities for wilderness kayaking day trips and overnights. From enormous lakes surrounded by lofty mountains to sheltered inland islands fit for exploration, we suggest you pop your Eddyline on your roof rack and start driving north! These are just a few of our favorites, but there are dozens more Canadian National Parks to choose from.
Paddling Moraine Lake in the heart of Canada's epically towering Rockies is like kayaking across a liquid turquoise-blue gemstone. This colorful water increases in intensity as glacial melt water inputs over the course of the spring and summer. While you're absorbing the cool blue, take in the jaw dropping talus and till piles, splashy waterfalls, and fresh mountain air. Although the northern ice covering Moraine Lake in the winter won’t melt until mid-June, access is usually open well into the autumn. Once winter snows start falling again, the passes close until the following spring. Moraine Lake is worth the long winter’s wait.
Jacques-Cartier National Park, Quebec
Only 30 minutes outside of Quebec you’ll find a mountainous plateau cut by glacial valleys, one of which has the Jacques-Cartier River running through it. Surrounded by a coniferous forest with a few deciduous trees, there are whitewater paddling, flat water paddling, and kayak fishing excursions available in the area. Hone your patience and attention for a chance encounter of a jumping trout, a king moose, shy white-tailed deer, playful beaver, sneaky fox, or pokey porcupine. Colorful trilliums, yellow trout lilies, and dicentras will dazzle the shoreline in the spring months. To review the park map and permit options, check out these links.
A scenic island and towering mountain draw kayakers to paddle the shores of Pyramid Lake at Jasper National Park. Sharing the same name of the lake, visitors can choose to paddle to the island and explore or circumnavigate it by boat. From the land or water, and also sharing a name with the lake, paddlers bask in the glory of the towering Pyramid Mountain. Sandy beaches for self catered picnic dining or camping are sprinkled adjacent to the water's edge. One favored route is to launch at (you guessed it) Pyramid Beach and paddle in a counterclockwise direction parallel to the shoreline. First you’ll pass a lodge, then see great views of the peak and finally reach the island.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia
Located in the mostly sheltered, Pacific Ocean facing, Barkley Sound waterway, the Broken Group Islands are an archipelago that also include rocky outcrops and islets. This coastal zone is less exposed to stormy seas and is therefore a sought-after region for kayaking. Amongst the lagoons, sandbars, blowholes, arches and secluded anchorages, visitors can choose from innumerable serene and remote camp spots. “Ancient native middens, village fortifications, stone fish traps and archaeological sites stimulate the imagination of visitors to this traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth people,” notes Vancouverisland.com.