Mobile SUP Rentals: We Meet You There, With Everything You Need

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About

We ensure all our rentals are sent out with brief descriptions of the paddling location, paddle/board pointers, and answers to any of your questions beforehand. We supply all the necessary equipment for you – all you have to do is meet us there. At Scenic Rentals, we want to give you the best experience we can both on and off the water.

Launch Spot of The Week: Elk Lake

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About

Elk Lake is the larger of the two conjoined lakes that make up “Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park”. This park is a local favourite for outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, trail running, fishing, swimming, or just hanging out by the water.

As a regional park, these lakes are very easy to access, and have all the standard amenities. These include bathrooms, change rooms, garbage cans, picnic areas, children’s play area’s, and a large network of trails/walkways for the public to enjoy.

Paddle Time

approximately 1.5-2 hours, but can be extended by venturing into Beaver Lake as well.

Difficulty

Beginner – Intermediate. Calm lake conditions with the exception of windy days. More advanced paddlers can extend the paddle distance in order to receive a greater challenge.


Location

We will meet you at “Hamsterley Beach”

Head towards Sidney on Pat Bay Hwy/ Hwy 17, past Elk Lake Dr. Turn Left at the “Petro Canada” gas station. It is located at the intersection of the highway, and “Sayward Rd.”. Immediately after, turn left on to “Hamsterley Rd.”, and then make a quick right on to “Brookleigh Rd.”. There will be an Elk Lake Sign at this intersection.

Our meeting point is the first parking lot on your left after turning on to Brookleigh Rd. You will see a large grassed area behind the parking lot, with a kids play area and picnic benches. The lake is also visible.

We will be waiting here at the parking lot with the boards!

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Launch Spot of the Week: Beaver Lake

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About

Beaver Lake is the smaller of the two conjoined lakes that make up “Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park”. This park is a local favourite for outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, trail running, fishing, swimming, or just hanging out by the water.

As a regional park, these lakes are very easy to access, and have all the standard amenities. These include bathrooms, change rooms, garbage cans, picnic areas, children’s play area’s, and a large network of trails/walkways for the public to enjoy.

Paddle Time

approximately 1.5-2 hours, but can be extended by venturing into Elk Lake as well.

Difficulty

Beginner – Intermediate. Calm lake conditions with the exception of windy days. More advanced paddlers can extend the paddle distance in order to receive a greater challenge.

Location

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The park is located in Saanich, in the Greater Victoria area. Turn on to “Elk Lake Dr.” off of “Patricia Bay Hwy/ Highway 17”. Follow Elk Lake Dr. for a short distance, and turn right on to “Beaver Lake Rd.”

Follow Beaver lake Rd. through the woods until you reach the first major parking lot, which parallels a popular park. You will be able to see the water past the park and children’s play area.

Park here! We will be with the boards waiting for you down by the water!

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Launch Spot of the Week: Cadboro Bay

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About

A Favourite of local residents, and students from the nearby University of Victoria, Cadboro Bay is an amazing beach at which to waste an afternoon. From its beautiful sandy beach, you can watch sailing regattas, go for a swim, or a paddle in a kayak, or even just simply get your tan on.

The beach transitions into “Gyro Park” and the end of Sinclair Rd. This park has amenities such washrooms, change rooms, parking, grassy fields for playing on, picnic tables, and a children’s play area.

Location

This beach is located at the end of Sinclair Rd, past Cadboro Village/ Peppers Grocery store. It right beside the Uvic Sailing club, and the park is easy visible from the street.

Following Mackenzie Rd. past Uvic, and taking the 2nd exit at the roundabout will take you straight in to Sinclair Rd. Essentially, Mackenzie turns into Sinclair at this roundabout.

Paddle Time

Approximately 1.5-2 hours

Cadboro Bay With Scenic Rentals

Simply Book Online or by phone, and we will meet you there!

Park at the main parking lot, and walk down to the beach. We will be waiting by the water with the paddleboards and big smiles!

See you there!!

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What the Heck Is Stand Up Paddleboarding?!

Finally! An answer to the age old question: What’s SUP? This quick article will show you the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding, its equipment, as well as some basic techniques on how to get started. We hope that this article will help to answer some of the questions you have about the sport, and perhaps encourage you to get out on the water!

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Check out this quick instructional video on how to get started with paddleboarding!

Launch Spot of the Week: Ross Bay/ Gonzales Bay

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Located along the very popular “Dallas Road Waterfront Trail”, Ross Bay is a beautiful sight. Going for a casual jog along the beach, grabbing a coffee and playing in the sand , or just sitting and gazing across the Georgia Strait to the Mountains of Washington State are all excellent ways to spend an afternoon here.

If you continue down Dallas road, turn onto Hollywood Crescent, and then Crescent Road, you will reach the beautiful location of Gonzales beach. This beach is a favorite amongst locals, and on any given day you can find a large variety of people enjoying the weather. Dogs are not allowed here from June 1st – August 31st.

Difficulty

This paddle represents a slightly more challenging option than Thetis Lake, or the Upper Gorge. These beaches open on to the straight of Georgia, which results in higher winds, tidal currents, and some small waves. Although it is still a very enjoyable, and manageable paddle, first time boarders may want to consider something calmer to get the feel for the sport before heading to this launch spot. That being said, the water can be very flat and calm some days. Checking the weather is the best advice we can give before you decided to launch here.

Total Paddle Time:

1.5-2.5 Hours

Location

We recommend parking at Ross bay and launching here, as opposed to Gonzales. Park along the beach, near the corner of Memorial Crescent and Dallas Rd. The beach here is usually less busy, and parking/unloading is much closer to the water. If you are unsure about whether or not you want to paddle all the way to Gonzales and back, you can turn around at the point, as opposed to paddling all the way to Gonzales Beach, and return to your car from there, or perhaps look at leaving a second vehicle at the other beach so that you can drive back.

Ross Bay Location, Google Maps

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Coffee Shops Near Victoria Beaches

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Looking for something to do on your way to the beach, before or after a SUP adventure? Check out some of our favorite spots to grab a cup of coffee on our way to the water!

Thetis Lake:

Serious Coffee, located in View Royal, OR Serious Coffee in the Millstream Village are very convenient locations near the lake.

Both are locally owned and operated, and have free wifi.

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Serious Coffee – Millstream Village

The Upper Gorge Waterway:

This charming little coffee shop is located right on the Gorge, across the road from the Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club (which is also our usual drop-off location for rentals). They feature delicious coffee, a wide variety of snacks and baked goods, as well as live music most days of the week.

Check out their website for more details:

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Cadboro Bay/ Gyro Park

This popular area features a long, sandy beach, stunning views of sailboats and wildlife, public washrooms, as well as a very large park for children to play in. There is conveniently a small grocery store (“Peppers”) just up the street, as well as several other dining establishments. However, in terms of grabbing a coffee on your way to the beach, the closest familiar choice is the Starbucks located just a block down from “Peppers”.

There is also a small local cafe/restaurant called “Olive Olio’s Pasta & Espresso Bar” located right down the road. It features a lunch-style menu, as well as coffee and other food-items one would expect from a small coffee shop. A very convenient location, with a less commercial feel in comparison to Starbucks.

We like both!

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Launch Spot of the Week: Gorge Waterway

The Gorge Waterway is a beautiful location to experience the city of Victoria from the vantage point of a paddleboard.

The Gorge Waterway Park in Saanich runs the length of the Gorge, an inlet connected to Victoria Harbour. Start at the corner of Tillicum Rd/Gorge Rd and head away from downtown towards the new Admirals Rd bridge. Experience a beautiful and calm cruise down a narrow waterway. Then you can go under the Admirals Rd bridge where the Gorge Waterway will open up so you can loop around and then head back. Lots of little beaches, beautiful homes, and amazing scenery.

Alternatively, turn on to Gorge Rd. West from Admirals rd, and simply follow the road along the water until you come to the Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club. Pull into the parking lot on your right, located in front of the children’s play area beside the club. We will be at the boat launch with your boards.

TOTAL PADDLE TIME: 1 – 1.5 Hours.

MEETING LOCATION: Located about 200 m down the trail from the corner of Tillicum Rd and Gorge Rd. There is a boat launching pad that is impossible to miss at the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club. The parking lot is attached to the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club and it is right in front of a children’s play area. Parking is free!

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Launch Spot of the Week: Thetis Lake

Tranquil waters set against a backdrop of charming forests, wildflowers, and rocky cliffs.

These are only some of the reasons that Thetis Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the Victoria area. The lake is split into Lower Thetis Lake and Upper Thetis Lake, but locals will be typically visiting the beaches and trails of Lower Thetis Lake.

About:

A perfect place for a lake stand up paddleboard. No boats are allowed and you can even journey over to an island and hang out there for the afternoon. We recommend paddling around island and when you get to the end of Lower Thetis Lake you go under the bridge and then cruise around Upper Thetis Lake. You may even be enticed to stop and watch some locals doing some cliff jumping. This lake has it all!

Beaches:

The main beach can be quite busy with swimmers and tourists, but it serves as an excellent location to launch your paddleboards. However, don’t let the crowd scare you off. Once you leave the beach you leave the people behind as well. Out on the lake itself, the waters are calm and peaceful, with the only interruptions being the occasional fisherman, or fellow Stand-up Paddle boarder.

Sights:

An abundance of wildlife can be witnessed throughout the lake. Everything from schools of fish, turtles, deer, and local birds such as Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, Osprey, and hummingbirds can appear to accompany you on your journey through the beautiful Greater Victoria Scenery.

We hope that you enjoy this local gem as much as we do!

TOTAL PADDLE TIME: Approximately 1.5 – 2 Hours.

MEETING LOCATION: We meet at the main beach on the left hand side. Park in the main parking lot and walk up to the main beach, parking is $2.25 for the day.
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