We have lived in Port Moody for 20 years. When Rocky Point Kayak opened, we thought we should go and rent kayaks to explore the inlet. Somehow we never got around to it. This summer our daughter turned 18, and was preparing to go away for university. When we asked what she wanted to do for her birthday she answered, "Kayaking."
I'm a 49 year old Mom, fairly fit, with a bit of kayak experience in non-tippable plastic kayaks at family camp. Our daughter has tried the sea kayak once before on a school trip. The staff at Rocky Point Kayak provided us with an orientation to the boats and good advice about how far to explore for our 2 1/2 hour rental. We checked our bags at the rental office and just took our water bottles and cameras with us. The staff helped us carry the boats down to the water and we were on our way.
What a beautiful way to see the water's edge of Port Moody! The tide was in so we paddled almost to the tip of the inlet, then back around along the shoreline past Old Orchard. All of the old familiar places that we have seen from the trails and roadways were transformed by our new perspective. The kayaks are easy to maneuver using a rudder controlled by foot pedals and the paddle for steering. You skim along the surface, about as close to the water as you can be. You can go almost to shore, or way out in the deep. Rocky Point also provided all of the safety gear: bailer, throw bag and PFD for each boat.
There were two highlights to our birthday cruise: first, the mommy and baby harbour seals on the log booms near the sawmill, second, me beating our daughter in a sprint to the pier at the end of our trip. I don't if she let me win. Maybe that was her birthday present to me.
Rocky Point offers kayak lessons and fitness programs. They rent by the hour or longer, including overnights. The summer is over now, and our daughter has gone off to university. I'll definitely go to Rocky Point again to enjoy the inlet some more, and find out more about this great outdoor activity so close to home. I recommend Rocky Point Kayak wholeheartedly for great equipment, wonderful customer service and a beautiful back yard in which to enjoy a day on the water.
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