This Beautiful Metro Vancouver Hike Begins With A Breathtaking Kayak Ride

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There are many hikes to enjoy in Metro Vancouver, but few include kayaking in the itinerary.

And, while many include rushing, beautiful waters, they simply don’t compare to the majesty of Widgeon Falls.

Indeed, these tempestuous rapids are spell-binding to behold. Located in Pitt Meadows, a lush forest frames the rapids as they crash and propel their way down a towering staircase of rock.

The hike’s beginning involves a kayak ride through the peaceful marshland. While visitors are welcome to bring their own kayak, they may opt to rent one from the Ayla Canoe rental shop. They rent for under $50 for a day; however, this cost can be split between two hikers sharing the tiny vessel.

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Canoeing our way to Widgeon Falls on a very low water level made the excursion extra taxing. It was too low to float a canoe without it grounding. Thus, portaging it across a shallow path several times over was necessary while braving the paralyzing effect of the pebble-filled river bed on the sole of my ticklish feet. Notwithstanding that the endeavour was arduous, we proceeded steadily and enthusiastically. . . . #widgeoncreek #widgeonfalls #canoe #canoeing #daytrip #roadtrip #joyride #explore #discover #enjoy #summer2017 #learn #vancity #vancityhype #vancouverhype #britishcolumbia #canada #chasingwaterfalls #beautifulbritishcolumbia #beautifulbritishcolumbia #pacificnorthwest #pnw #northwestcoast #ilovenature #naturephotography #outdoors #vancouvertrails #explorebc

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To begin, hikers paddle across Pitt Lake en route to Widgeon Slough. Pitt Lake is the second-largest lake in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. In addition, it is one of few tidal lakes in the entire world

Here, kayakers will paddle for about half an hour, and are privy to a litany of wildlife. Specifically, they can spot ducks, herons, deer, and even bears on the shore.

🇬🇧 Today we went on a beautiful canoeing and hiking trip at Pitt Lake and Widgeon falls 🛶 The scenery is amazing and the tour as such is absolutely lovely – although the water at the falls was freezing cold again 😅 〰 🇩🇪 Heute haben wir eine wundervolle Kanu- und Wandertour am Pitt Lake und zu den Widgeon Falls gemacht 🛶 Die Landschaft ist beeindruckend und die Tour selbst wunderschön – auch wenn das Wasser an den Fällen mal wieder bitterkalt war 😅 〰 Follow us for more of our travel 📸 around the 🌍 or visit 2gether1travelslessalone.com 〰 #sabbatical #timeoff #happy #couple #travel #traveling #reisen #weltreise #travelgram #travellers #travellife #travellovers #worldtravel #worldtraveler #globetrotter #places #placestovisit #britishcolumbia #widgeonfalls #pittlake #canoeing #hiking #hikingadventures #swimming #watersports #scenery #sunnyday #dayoff #goodtimes

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From Kayaker to Hiker

After completing the aquatic component, hikers can continue past a campsite to a fork in the road. From here, they will quickly spot a sign reading ‘Widgeon Falls’. From there, the hike is relatively easy.

After a while, hikers will reach the lower falls, which are perfect for summer dips. Next, a shorter, 10 minute trek upwards takes them to the higher falls.

Of course, people must return back to their kayaks in order to paddle back. The hike takes 5 hours round trip, and they must return kayaks by 5 pm.

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