Sun Peaks paddleboarding is another 'SUPerb' fun-for-all summer Sun Peaks activity , which is available from when the ice melts on the Sun Peaks lakes in the spring, to when they freeze back over in the winter.
New for fall - Night Time Stand Up Paddleboard Tours at Sun Peaks.
What is Stand Up Paddle Boarding?
Standup Paddle boarding (known as SUP) is a combination of kayaking and surfing and is one of the fastest growing watersports in the world, and after our recent Sun Peaks Paddleboarding lesson and session on beautiful Heffley Lake, it is easy to see why:
• Fun for everyone – all ages and physical abilities can safely ‘walk on water’ with stand up paddleboarding
• Great social activity or solitude activity if that’s your thing – just be safe!
• Fantastic for low-to-no impact physical conditioning that improves balance, core and overall strength and endurance
• Relatively low cost and minimal maintenance
• Can easily be enjoyed on the ocean, lakes, streams – pretty much anywhere there is fairly flat water (again, as with any water sport, be safe and keep weather, tides and currents in mind)
Sun Peaks paddleboarding lessons and rentals are operated by professionally certified instructor and International SUP competitor, Bodie Shandro, through his company Paddle Surfit.
He is a terrific teacher and has taught people from 4 to 88 years of age at his beautiful, tranquil location on Heffley Lake just minutes away from Sun Peaks Resort (30-40 minutes from Kamloops).
And Heffley Lake is such a perfect spot for Sun Peaks Paddleboarding!
Surrounded by scenic mountains and forests and with many undeveloped areas, this 7.2 km (4.5 mile) long lake is stocked with trout which you may see under your board, or see moose, deer, fox, muskrat, or perhaps bears along the shore, while loons cry hauntingly before ducking under the peaceful surface and eagles and ospreys fly overhead.
There are also lots of hiking and biking trails nearby, but SUP on the calm waters is where it’s at! You can even rent your SUP and take it to explore other beautiful lakes near Sun Peaks, such as Johnson Lake or McGillivray Lake.
We were first-timers and loved it – read our Sun Peaks Paddle boarding review here.
Interested in Standup Paddleboard Lessons, lunch and a guided hike/tour of the Top of the World at Sun Peaks? Check out the Lake to Peak Adventure Package.
Guided standup paddleboarding tours to beautiful Johnson Lake are also now available during the summer for small, escorted groups. Put together a group of 5 friends or colleagues for a guided day of fun on spectacular Johnson Lake! $200 each includes return transportation from Kamloops or Sun Peaks, all your equipment and professional guide/instructor! Complete and submit the form below for more details.
What to remember about your Sun Peaks Stand Up Paddle Boarding experience:
• Easy and safe thanks to the excellent, professional instruction you receive ahead of time
• Chances are very good that you will only get wet if you choose to (which we did and the water was so refreshing!)
• Dress in layers and appropriately for the weather conditions (typically 5-10 degrees cooler than in Kamloops)
• Have a towel and spare clothes just in case you decide to fall in
• Bring the basics for summer enjoyment – water, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, etc. and be prepared to love being on top of the water!
For more information about lessons, group SUP sessions, rentals or stand up paddleboard sales, complete the form below and Bodie will be in touch.
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