Paddle Pitt Lake to Widgeon Falls

Pitt Lake, BC, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada

  • Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Camping, Kayaking, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.7 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Paddle and hike to Widgeon Falls. Enjoy a beautiful waterfall and mountain scenery and amazing backcountry camping if you bring your gear. The total distance is approximately a 1 hour paddle (roundtrip) and a 6km (3.7 mi) hike (roundtrip), minimal elevation gain. 

The 12km (7.5 mi) drive on Neaves Road to Pitt Lake from Pitt Meadows is one of BC's most scenic routes. As soon as you start this section of the drive you already feel miles from the city, but this route is only 30-45 minutes from Vancouver, depending on city traffic.

Once you reach the parking lot, get your kayak or rent a canoe ($50-100 for the day) and set off from the boat launch. Paddle to Widgeon Slough, a small section of Pitt Lake that is accessible via an easy and smooth paddle west from the boat launch. Watch out for wildlife in the tall grasses. Birds, bears, and deer are all possible encounters. After about 30 min. of paddling you will reach a fork in the creek, usually signed Widgeon Falls - follow the creek left.

Be warned that the creek can be quite shallow in these sections, as Pitt Lake is tidal. This also means that once you reach the campsite shortly after the turn off, you'll have to pull your vessel high onto the grasses to make sure it doesn't go floating away while you are hiking.

Once at the campsite, it's an easy, flat, and well-marked hike Widgeon Falls (6km/3.7 mi roundtrip). Extremely worth the trip, this is a great swimming hole on a hot summer day.

Once you return to the campsite, either paddle back the same way you came or pitch your home for the night. The return trip with hike included should take 5 hours, excluding however long you swim for.

Pack List

  • Kayak
  • Canoe
  • PFD
  • Paddle
  • Bear spray
  • Food
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof bag
  • Sweater for the temperature swings
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Hammock
  • Hiking sandals
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We canoed in and camped overnight - it's a great spot that was quiet when we were there! The campsite has a few pads you can pitch your tent in, but a large lawn you can use as well. Definitely need to be wary of the tide - we had to lift the canoe a few times on the way in for certain stretches. The swimming hole is beautiful and a great place to relax at the end of the hike, especially on a summer day!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Amazing paddle beautiful view! Great for a hot day the water looks so inviting but freeze and so worth it!! Mini island all along the canals my fav! so close to home <3 amazing BC

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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Travel Blogger | Adventure Seeker | Tour Leader | Find me regularly @meandertheworld on Instagram.

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