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5 Lesser-Known SUP Destinations In British Columbia

British Columbia is renowned for its landscapes and mountain ranges. However, in the same way, the province is also celebrated for its waterscapes. With an abundance of ocean fronts and lakes, as well as some of the most photogenic stretches of river across Canada, the province is saturated with fantastic opportunities for watersports enthusiasts.

Despite the low temperatures, this abundance of natural waterscapes is largely why watersports have become immensely popular across Canada’s western province. One such example is seen in stand-up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, which is now one of the most popular activities for individuals and groups alike.

If you’re looking for a great new spot to bring your board or have considered picking up the watersport for the first time, then we have five lesser-known and undeniably stunning locations for your inspiration.

Canim Lake

Despite its relatively large size, Canim Lake is well-known mostly to anglers who embrace the crystal clear waters for its abundance of fish. Aside from hikers and the occasional kayaker, however, those who make their way through the meadows and woodland to the lake are unlikely to see many others around. This isolation doesn’t mean that Canim Lake is without facilities. In fact, there are a number of small guest houses and resorts in the area, making it ideal for longer stays and those with children.

Green Lake

In the south Cariboo, there is the unassumingly named Green Lake. Once again, this lake is largely celebrated by those looking for fish, especially the area’s iconic rainbow trout, meaning that the water is generally free for those who want to paddle across. The lake also connects to a couple of creeks, meaning those who want a little adventure have the opportunity to explore further. Just be sure to be safe on the water since the pace can quickly change.

Lake O’Hara

Nestled in Yoho National Park, Lake O’Hara is almost otherworldly. The clean and impressively blue waters are fed by the backdrop of staggering mountains, making it a destination for photographers and climbers alike. Access to the park is a little challenging and licenses are needed for watercraft, so be sure to make your preparations before venturing out.

Muncho Lake

Despite the number of amazing images shared of Muncho Lake, there are comparatively few visitors to the local landscape. It is the water’s intense green that draws many to visit, with swimming and paddleboarding being allowed too. As with many destinations, there is a mountainous backdrop and forests run right up to the waterfront.

Jonas Lake

Surprisingly, this gorgeous lake is only a short distance from the center of Vancouver. Despite this proximity, it remains isolated and quiet for much of the year, even during the summer months. For those wanting to enjoy a quick getaway with a focus on nature and paddleboarding, this is the perfect location. Camping is also available in the area, with many choosing to pitch their tent right on the sandy shores.

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