Explore North America’s southernmost fjord and uninhabited islands. This 19km out-and-back paddle is only located 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

Setting out from Deep Cove’s pebble shoreline, it only takes a few minutes before you are away from small village and paddling the calm waters of this gorgeous arm. Seals can be frequently spotted as you follow the path of off oceanfront homes, some living off the grid, deeper into the mountains. Thick green forests are interrupted by pristine waterfalls. This paddle is continually surrounded by the seasonally snow capped North Shore Mountains rising dramatically from the clear blue waters.

After 3-5 hours, or 19km of paddling you’ll reach Granite Falls. A massive waterfall with a grassy campground to call home for a night or two. Don’t be surprised if you get a rain shower or two on your journey, and if in summer, expect there to be a fair amount of boat traffic. This trip can be done year round, just pack accordingly and watch the tide charts to make sure you don't have to paddle to hard against the current.

Before or after your trip, there are tons of places to fuel up. Fish 'n chips, ice cream or the always popular Honey Donuts, which offers delicious donuts and more hearty options.

For those without their own kayaking equipment, begin this adventure at Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak where you can rent everything you need and get some last minute, local advice.

Pack List

  • Kayak or canoe and all that safety gear (you can also rent at Deep Cove if you don’t own)
  • Bear vault for your food
  • Rain jacket
  • Hammock
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Backpacker Meals
  • Cooking Wear and Stove
  • Water purifier (it’s the best water in the world, but always best to be on the safe side)
  • Ukulele or solar powered speakers for the evening
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Activities Camping, Kayaking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

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almost 2 years ago

Kayak tour

The first time I had the experience of seeing the Indian Arm from sea level when my boyfriend won an auction for a kayak outing from a outdoor company. It was such a cool experience to paddle around and explore! Since then, I've added Granite Falls on my camping list. Do you by any chance have any suggestions on where to park a car and launch the boat? Thanks!

almost 2 years ago

Never Forget This Trip!

We camped at Bergs Landing the first night. It was quiet, and the sunset was beautiful. We camped the second night in the rain on one of the twin islands. Even the rain made the trip memorable. Definitely a must trip!


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