Kayaking is a great form of exercise that also provides fantastic scenic views. If you’re looking for a fun way to improve your cardio, arm, core and back strength, there isn’t a better option.

Kayaking allows you to explore local waterways and can be a great family daytrip to new areas. Kayaks come in many lengths and sizes, depending on the type of waterway and your level of experience. Kayaking can be a full day activity or just a few hours. It varies between leisurely and more intense versions, like white water kayaking.


Casual: You don’t have to live near water or own a kayak. There are numerous options at provincial and municipal parks to rent all equipment needed.

Equipment: Kayaking requires a kayak, personal flotation device (PFD), paddle and a safety kit.

Family Friendly: Kids, adults and seniors can participate in recreational kayaking. If you’re with young kids, try getting your hands on a tandem kayak, which seats two people to one boat.

Low Intensity: You can enjoy calm-water kayaking on rivers and lakes in wide, recreational kayaks or sit-on-top kayaks.

High Intensity: Kayaking in rough or larger bodies of water requires a higher level of skill and strength. Not for beginners, and often require some experience navigating choppy water.

Solo: Kayaking can be enjoyed as a 1-person activity.

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