Great Kiting in a Beautiful City
Kiteboarding Vancouver has great kite board locations around this world class travel destination. It is also close to many nearby kiting spots on Vancouver Island and Squamish.
Kiteboarding Vancouver is found in a few key areas on the outskirts of this large metropolitan area. This part of the coast is surrounded by ocean with steep mountains dropping sharply into it. Sandy beaches are at a premium and therefore during the warm summer months kitesurfing is restricted from the City of Vancouver beaches. Winds unlike Squamish are unpredicatable and unreliable to some extent. ‘You just have to be on it!’ That said when you do catch you spot working, you will have some awesome sessions.
Kiteboarding Vancouver Kite Facts
Best winds: spring,fall and winter – (all wind directions)
Wind Conditions: 12 – 35knots
Water Temp: Full wetsuit plus accessories
Water Type: Flat water, waves and chop
Weather: sun, rain, snow
Nightlife: Yes – restaurants and clubs – ishe has it all!
The Main launch spots in metropolitan Vancouver include:
Ambleside: South west and West winds. Fun waves can be had here as swells come out of deep channel -Its also a great setting under Lions Gate Bridge. This Beach like other city beaches is closed in Summer months – May to August. Watch out for surfers and other boats.
Spanish Banks @ Jericho: West wind and East. Kiters here have to launch on the most west side of the beach area in order to remain out of the City of Vancouver restricted area. It is a a busy area both in and out of the water so use caution and try not to end up downwind. The tide can be out quite far providing a long walk from the beach to the water. This spot works best on Westerly wind and the stronger the wind the larger the swells.
Crescent Beach: SW, W, and NW winds. Long walk if tide is low – best when tide is above 2 m or 6 feet.
Boundary Bay – 72nd street: -All wind directions. This area is a great beginner spot located in a suburb south of Vancouver, Tsawwassen. It is very shallow and works in most winds. The water is generally quite smooth and flat. Park at end of 72nd
Tsawessen Ferry Terminal: NW, W, SW wind. Great flat water spot behind the causeway. Take the road on the south side of the ferry terminal causeway to access. Once tide is below 5 feet the Terminal is not great for kiteboarding.
Bounday Bay 3rd Ave: SE or East wind. Best winds in the fall, winter and spring. Long walk to get to the water at low tides.
Good places to fly trainer kites include:
Vanier Park near Kits point.
Garry Point Park in Steveston. Wide open, no significant trees.