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Plan Your Trip

Below are 3 of the most popular boating adventures we recommend to our customers. What attractions excite you? Why not not make up your own route, you are the captain of your own adventure.

Top Places To See


1. English Bay

 English BayMinutes from our dock you will find yourself right in the middle of English Bay. A beautiful bay of water surrounded by views of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, and the north shore mountains. English Bay is a spot loved by everyone both on and off the water.


2. Stanley Park

Stanley ParkWhile out in English Bay, Vancouver's 1000 acre Stanley Park is hard to miss. Millions of people visit Stanley Park each year. Take advantage of the best view of the park while out on the water.


3. Lions Gate Bridge

Lionsgate BridgeLions Gate Bridge is an amazing suspension bridge. This national Historic Site was opened in 1938 to connect Vancouver and the North Shore. A must see attraction and even more amazing from the water.


4. Coal Harbour

Coal HarbourCoal Harbour is located right in Downtown Vancouver and is home to Vancouver's main port. From your boat you will see many other large boats like luxury yachts, shipping tankers, cruise ships and even float planes.


5. Second Narrows Bridge

Second Narrows BridgeLeaving Coal Harbour and continuing on towards Indian Arm you will pass under 2 bridges. The 2nd bridge is the original Second Narrows Bridge. The first bridge is Iron Workers Memorial Bridge which was built later as a higher bridge was needed for boat traffic to pass. Today it is this bridge that is known as Second Narrows Bridge.


6. McBarge

McBargeThe Mc Barge, home to Mc Donald's restaurant was built for the 1986 World Expo. Its original home was in False Creek, until 1991 when it was moved to its current location. Sadly today there is no Mc Donald's there for you to stop at but it still remains a popular site to check out.


7. Deep Cove

Deep CoveRight at the bottom of Indian Arm you will find Deep Cove, a popular spot for a lot of our renters. Home to restaurants, coffee shops and the famous donut shop, people love to stop off for a treat and a quick walk.


8. Buntzen Power Station

Buntzen Power StationBuntzen Power Station is a water powered station, operated nowadays by remote control only. On your journey up Indian Arm you will see this old concrete building to your right.


9. Indian Arm

Indian ArmThis amazing Fjord is a favourite of our renters. The calm waters and wonderful scenery makes for a great boating adventure. Renters love to just stop and float here to relax, read a book or have a picnic.


10. Granite Waterfalls

Granite WaterfallsWhen you reach the top of Indian Arm you will come across Granite Waterfalls. To catch the falls in full we recommend just after the snow melt. There is a small dock here if you are looking to make a stop. Many people enjoying swimming here as the waters are so calm.


11. Lighthouse Park

LighthouseLighthouse Park is another of Vancouver's wonderful parks, located in West Vancouver on the way to the Howe Sound, It is home to an impressive lighthouse which lights up the Bay every night. This is a great spot to watch the sun go down.


12. Snug Cove

Snug CoveLocated on Bowen Island you will find this small seaside village. Another great spot to stop off on your boat trip for some food or a walk on some of its many beaches and parks.


13. Cool Homes

Cool HomesWhile boating in Vancouver you will notice many amazing homes. Most of these located in the Howe Sound. From the water you have the best view as most home are right on the water and not seen from the road.


14. Seal Colony

Seal ColonyLocated at Palm Rocks is the seal colony. The seals love to lay on the rocks, but you also will catch them jumping in and out of the water to cool off. It is amazing to find soo many seals gathered in the one area (up to 150 seals). Christie Islet National Bird Reserve is also close by so keep a look out for some bald eagles.


15. Stadiums

StadiumVancouver is home to two major stadiums, BC Place (football) and Rogers Arena (hockey). Take a trip down false creek to catch a great view of these stadiums while enjoying the calm waters of this harbour.

Rental FAQ

Below are some FAQ's :

What age do I need to be to drive?

To drive a boat you must be 21 years or older.

What is required to rent a boat?

A government ID and a $600 deposit by credit card or cash.

Are there other costs involved in renting?

The fuel, tax and insurance ($10 per driver) are not included in the hourly rate.

Is a boating license required?

No .. you don't need a boating license to rent a boat. If you don't have a boating license we can provide you with a temporary license for the duration of your Vancouver boat rental.

Do I need a fishing license?

Yes .. you can get your boating license online by following this link ...

Can my infant child come on the boat?

Yes .. there is no age limit for the boat rental passengers. We have life jackets for all ages including infants.

Can I bring my K-9 pal on the rental boat?

Yes .. you can bring your K-9 pal on the Vancouver rental boat. There is a $10 clean up fee if there is excessive hair or dirt left in the boat after your rental.

Where can we go when we rent a boat?

The areas to explore are endless, but there are boundaries. The boundary to the west is Bowen Island (17km away) and the boundary to the east is Indian Arm (27km away). View a list of the 12 top areas to explore by boat >>

Is there an option to book online?

Yes .. we provide the option to book your boat rental online. Click here to book your boat rental online with Vancouver Boat Rentals >>

Can we bring alcohol on the boat with us?

No .. you can not bring alcohol on the rental boat. Vancouver Boat Rentals has a strict no alcohol policy.Any person on the boat found with alcohol on their person will be reported to the Vancouver Marine Police Department. Drinking on boats not equipped with cooking or toilet facilities is the same as driving under the influence on the road.

What is the cancellation policy?

Vancouver Boat Rentals has a standard 7 day cancellation policy. If you cancel your reservation within 7 days you receive a full refund. If you cancel your boat rental reservation within 48 hours of your boat rental, you can reschedule your reservation to another day. Not showing up to reservation or cancelling your reservation on the day of the boat rental will result in the full boat rental charge.

Why should we rent with your company?

  • Enjoy the newest boat rental fleet in Vancouver.
  • Enjoy the best boat rental rates in Vancouver.
  • We have the most convenient boat rental location. Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, at the entrance to the world famous Granville Island.
  • We provide a free boating license for the duration of your rental.
  • We have been operating for over 20 years, established in 1992.