When driving along Highway 1 through Abbotsford, you will see a hand-painted canoeing mural on the right side. This mural is painted on the exterior walls of Western Canoe and Kayak, Abbotsford’s very own premiere paddling store.
Not only is Western Canoe and Kayak the largest paddling store in Western North America; it is also the birthplace and current home of Clipper Canoes. This world-renowned canoe manufacturer was founded by Mary and Marlin Bayes in 1976.
By 1989, the couple had expanded the company to include the large retail store you see there today. The business is still family-owned and run by Mary and Marlin, with help from the many other smiling faces you’ll find inside its walls.
Next time you’re in Abbotsford, make sure to stop by the store to see the beautiful canoes or browse the thousands of other kayaks, SUPS, and paddling accessories––their knowledgeable staff will take care of the rest.
Here are a few paddling spots in Abbotsford to check out once you have picked up your new canoe, kayak, or SUP:
For a great place to look at wildlife and watch the birds, go for a paddle at Mcdonald Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy this riverside spot out in the Sumas flats!
The park is located at 39451 No. 3 Rd, Abbotsford.
Albert Dyck Lake
Albert Dyck is the perfect day trip for friends or family. With a boat launch for water skiing, beach volleyball courts, and a separate dog-friendly beach, there is something for everyone. Take out your paddleboard from one of the small beach access points and soak up the summer sun.
Click here to find directions to this park near the Abbotsford International Airport.
For a spot located right in the heart of Abbotsford, check out this beautiful little lake. Though not a swimming lake, Mill lake is surrounded by a wheelchair-friendly walking path, and tons of parks for the kids, making it a great spot to try out your new canoe or kayak.
Located at 32960 Mill Lake Rd, find directions to this lake by clicking here.
*Always make sure to paddle with your safety gear, which can all be purchased from Western Canoe and Kayak. For a complete list, check out this resource from Transport Canada. https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/marine-safety/mandatory-safety-equipment.