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Canoe-In Camping for Family / Family-friendly Backpacking

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Canoe-In Camping for Family / Family-friendly Backpacking

We are an adventurous family of five (kids ages are 9,9, and 5) spending 2 weeks in the Olympics and BC this July. We are interested in renting a couple of canoes and doing a couple days of canoe camping. We're also interested in some kid-friendly backpacking destinations.

Are there outfitters that will rent canoes that we can take on our own?

Any good lake suggestions for this type of trip?

Any good kid-friend backpacking destinations?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Canoe-In Camping for Family / Family-friendly Backpacking

Being as how you're from a freshwater destination you appear to have some odd ideas about outdoor life on the shore of the North Pacific.

First off while canoes aren't unknown sea kayaks are much more common; since you've posted in the Squamish forum the bad news is that there are few options in the area but all is not lost.

If canoes are close to your heart you could drive up past Whistler to the Interior and look for outfitters/rentals/campgrounds there- or do same on the nearby Sunshine Coast.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f4eY16X3mQ

Myself I suggest you get a site at Porpoise Bay and do day trips with rental kayaks-gliding along local lakes sounds divine until you realise the strength of katabatic winds that start most afternoons often making paddling hazardous.

…gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/porpoise/

canadiantraveller.com/50_Awesome_Things_to_d…

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2. Re: Canoe-In Camping for Family / Family-friendly Backpacking

Another option to consider if you really want to do some paddling

http://paddlersinn.ca/

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3. Re: Canoe-In Camping for Family / Family-friendly Backpacking

Hi Jim, It's Glenn here from the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre in the Comox Valley on the east coast of the Island.

There is a local outfitter that rents canoes and kayaks but transport would be the issue....you need racks and/or a large vehicle as you would have to rent two. Are you driving your own vehicle or renting?

http://www.comoxvalleykayaks.com/rentals.html

If you could figure out the logistics there is an excellent family friendly canoe route called the Sayward Forest Route. You would need to travel 3 or more miles on gravel roads to access the put in spots (which are many):

sitesandtrailsbc.ca/resources/…20Brochure.pdf

Another alternative would be the Strathcona Park Lodge on Campbell Lake. They have a full range of rentals of both kayak and canoe. There is remote camping on Campbell Lake but it requires some work. It's a windy lake. The lodge also has great outdoor discovery programs for kids:

https://strathconaparklodge.com/escape/

Family Friendly back packing: There are lots of options but here are two to start with in Strathcona Park:

Elk River to Landslide Lake: 11 km/7 miles one way, elev gain 600 m/1900 ft. Paved access to trail head off Highway 28.

trailpeak.com/trail-Elk-River-Trail-near-Cam…

Paradise Meadows to Circlet Lake: 20 km round trip, elev gain 270m/885 ft. Paved access to trailhead off Mount Washington road.

http://strathconapark.org/maps-access/

Hope this helps!

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