Cates Park is a great paddling destination with a beach and concession stand! You can also rent kayaks and stand up paddleboards from our location here which is open on weekends during the summer. Most people head here following the west side of Indian Arm past Grey Rocks Island.
While the area is now called Cates Park, the ancestral name for this land is Whey-Ah-Whichen which means ‘faces the wind’. It is part of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and there is a First Nations totem pole and traditionally made canoe on display.
|Distance from Deep Cove:||2.5 km|
|Paddling Time One Way:||Fast: 35 min. Avg: 50 min. Leisurely: 1 hr. 20 min.|
|Suggested Route:||Paddle South from Deep Cove along the west shore of Lower Indian Arm.|
|Hazards:||West of Roche Point there is a public boat launch, hence an increase of motorboat traffic. Currents in this area are the strongest in Indian Arm at 1-knot max. Once rounding Roche Point you enter Burrard Inlet where the currents will increase as you approach the 2nd Narrows Bridge. This area is extremely dangerous with tidal currents of 5- 6 knots in the narrows. Strong afternoon winds blow from the west up Burrard Inlet. Paddling is prohibited between 2nd Narrows Bridge and Lions Gate Bridge, as it is a working harbour with lots of freighter traffic.|
|Features:||Grass area, beach, dock, and concession stand.|