Now, imagine that while on your stand up paddleboard, all of this is happening in the dark.
Night stand up paddleboarding is a relatively new trend that adds a twist to an already flourishing sport. I tried paddleboarding for the first time two years ago and was immediately hooked. The portability, the peacefulness, the simplicity, and the solitude of SUPing make for a unique experience. But at night? Now that’s another level of unique.
Vancouver Water Adventures offers their Light the Night paddleboard tours Friday and Saturday nights, starting June 14th. The tours begin and end at Granville Island, itself one of our top seven Vancouver day trips for families. This location offers water access to False Creek and English Bay, and all the sights they offer. The minimum age for night tours is sixteen, and previous paddleboard experience is required (kayak night tours are also available). Tour prices range from $75 for SUPs to $105 for double kayaks (kids must be 10 years of age and with an adult 19+ to rent a double kayak). Special fireworks tours are available on Celebration of Light nights.
Re-imagine yourself out on the water, your board rocking gently beneath your feet. Your paddle slips into the water soundlessly. You look ahead, keeping your eyes up to keep your balance more easily. The lights of the city reflect off the water, distorted by the small wake of your companion just ahead. An ethereal, other-worldly green glow outlines the sleek black lines of your board. It mixes with the reflecting lights and the pinks and blues emanating from the other boards around you, bright and warm against the black of the water. You breathe deeply. For the first time in a long time, perhaps, you feel fully present and fully aware.