The Spit Paddling

Kitesurf, windsurf or sail at one of Canada's top wind destinations

  • A kiter jumps with Garibaldi and Squamish estuary in the background.

    A kiter jumps with Garibaldi and Squamish estuary in the background. Photo: Keegan Pearson

  • Views of the Mamquam glacier and Stawamus Chief are highlights only seen from the Spit.

    Views of the Mamquam glacier and Stawamus Chief are highlights only seen from the Spit. Photo: Keegan Pearson

  • Parked on Spit Rd. viewing the estuary, Stawamus Chief and Sky Pilot.

    Parked on Spit Rd. viewing the estuary, Stawamus Chief and Sky Pilot. Photo: Keegan Pearson

  • A kitesurfer competes during Kite Clash, Canada's largest kitesurfing competition.

    A kitesurfer competes during Kite Clash, Canada's largest kitesurfing competition. Photo: Keegan Pearson

Essential info

About The Spit

The Squamish Spit run by the Squamish Windsports Society is one of Canada's premiere kitesurf and windsurf spots. It's a great place to watch the action happen, or, to get an unparalleled panoramic view of Mt. Garibaldi, the Stawamus Chief and Howe Sound.

Additionally, stop just before the gate near the end of the dike and take a boardwalk stroll through restored estuary lands and view the abundant bird life.

The Spit is also a great place to view the incoming salmon runs and is an epicentre for species such as harbour seal and bald eagles that come to feed on the salmon runs.

Getting there

From Squamish, follow signs along Government Rd. for "Windsurfing and Kitesurfing" towards Spit Rd. Take a right on Spit Rd. and then a left onto the dike. Follow the dike until it ends at the end of the spit. 

Trail description

About 500 meters before the end of Spit Rd. a trail and informational sign appear on the left hand side. Take this for a casual 10-15 minute stroll through the Squamish Estuary along a nice boardwalk before hopping back in your car, or walking out to the end of the Spit to take in the wind sports action.

Facts

  • Wind sports are one of the main tourism attractions in Squamish, but they occur out of sight.
  • KiteClash, Canada's largest kitesurfing competition is hosted here annually. 
  • Pipes cross below the spit into the estuary side all the way down to help juvenile salmon get from the Squamish River into the estuary where they will spend a year maturing before heading out into the ocean.

Amenities

  • The Squamish Windsports Society runs a kitesurf rescue jetski for those swept downwind. 
  • Outhouse, otherwise bring everything for the day.
  • Kitesurfing lessons available.
  • In midsummer wind averages 18 to 24 knots and most riders are on 9 meter kites.

Map

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By Keegan Pearson

Keegan is a photographer and storyteller who was born and raised on Salt Spring Island. He now lives in Squamish, BC.

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