Stand up paddle boarding on calm waters and listening to the sounds of nature creates a zen-like experience. With over 100 lakes within a one hour drive of Kamloops, you can paddle a new lake every day. The mild weather makes it the perfect 3-season paddling destination.

Heffley Lake is a paddler's paradise. Just 30 minutes north of Kamloops on the way to Sun Peaks Resort, you can glide across the crystal clear water listening to the loons wail. Take in the natural surroundings of the lake as you watch for blue herons, eagles, and moose nearby.

If you don't have your own boards, rent from Paddle Surfit, a local operator at Heffley Lake, to experience walking on water. A 2-hour rental includes a board, paddles, PDFs, and a lesson on proper paddling technique. Test your balance with up to 7 of your friends as you paddle on the big Nui board or explore the water on a SUP kayak.

Another top spot to hit the water is Paul Lake Provincial Park, 20 minutes north of Kamloops. Launch your board from the day-use park and paddle around Gibraltar Rock before a picnic lunch. Take the time to hike to the top of Gibraltar Rock for an impressive view of the lake below.

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