Meet Clayton Watson of Vancouver Water Adventures based in Granville Island in Vancouver, BC
Hi Clayton, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
We have been paddling all our lives. We started our company out of our love for the outdoors.
Over the years the VWA family has expanded to include other tourism enthusiasts from various continents and a range of expertise.
Whether you are experienced or inexperienced, a local or a visitor looking for a locals experience, we will help you find an activity best suited for you! Let our certified guides do what they do best and ensure you make memories in Vancouver to last a lifetime!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience with paddleboarding
I have been paddling for more than 20 years.
Location Overview - Tell us about your water environment
We have 3 locations. Kitsilano Beach, English Bay Beach and Granville Island!
What services do you offer?
We offer rentals, lessons, tours.
Additionally,Light the Night is our night time paddle tour in which we put LED lights on all the boards and head out through the city at night.
Can you tell us some interesting notes about the area?
Siwash Rock, also known by its Squamish name Skalsh is a famous rock outcropping in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada's Stanley Park. A legend among the Indigenous Squamish people surrounds the rock. It is between 15 and 18 metres (49 and 59 ft) tall. It became known to mariners as Nine Pin Rock for its vague resemblance to a bowling pin at one point too.
Do you have a season or do you operate year round?
We typically operate from May 1st to September 20th
Tell us about your favorite local food and why you love it
Vancouver fish company - the food is good and you get a great view too. There's also Lee's Donuts if you're looking for something sweet and a few local breweries too if that's your thing.
Where would you recommend travelers stay nearby?
Local Air bnbs are your best bet. The Granville Island Hotel isn't bad either.
Perfect Paddles members get 2-for-1 2 hour rentals Mon-Fri
Buddy Deal: 2 for 1 on rentals!
Perfect Paddles Recommendation: A SUP tour to see the beautiful Vancouver skyline!
Closest City: Vancouver
Signature Service: SUP Tours
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Vancouver for SUP has to be during the summer season. The fall and winter in Vancouver tends to be chilly and can add challenges to even the most avid SUP enthusiast.
Distance from Airport: About a 30-minute drive from Vancouver International Airport depending on traffic
Established in 2009, Vancouver Water Adventures started their humble beginnings with a fleet of only two jet skis and two ambitious young owners.
With a deep passion for Vancouver’s scenic landscape, unique waterways and natural history co-founders Jessica and Clayton set out to share their love of the outdoors with locals and tourists from around the world. Over the years the VWA family has expanded to include other tourism enthusiasts from various continents and a range of expertise. Get to know the team by reading their biographies below.
Fast forward to 2016 our fleet now includes 15 jet skis, 52 paddle boats, 35 kayaks, and two new boats! We’ve expanded from rentals to tours, lessons, and more! Come visit us at our two locations: our flagship at Granville Island and our kiosk at Kitsilano beach.
Located in one of Canada’s top destinations for travel and outdoor adventure, we thrive on guiding our guests through navigating the beautiful shoreline of Vancouver. Whether you are experienced or inexperienced, a local or a visitor looking for a locals experience, we will help you find an activity best suited for you! Let our certified guides do what they do best and ensure you make memories in Vancouver to last a lifetime!
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