Kiteboarding at the Squamish Spit

The Spit can be an intimidating place with tons of people, strong, offshore wind and a small space for launching and landing. Though these reasons should not stop you from experiencing Canada’s greatest kite spot! Take a lesson or ask a local for and hand on your first day.

Getting There

The Squamish Spit can be accessed from downtown of from Garibaldi Highlands- depending on which direction you are coming from. Here is a map of each:

From the North (Whistler):

From Highway 99, turn right on Mamquam Rd, Left on Government Rd, Turn right to stay on Government Rd, Keep right at the second fork to stay on Government Rd, Turn right on the Spit Rd and follow the road to the end. Angle parking is available the whole length of the Spit Rd.

From the South (Vancouver):

Exit Highway 99 left at Cleveland Ave (at McDonald’s), turn right on Bailey St, keep right at the fork, turn left on the Spit Rd. Follow Spit Rd all the way to the end. Angle parking is available the full length of the road.

 

When you Arrive

When you arrive at the Squamish make sure to visit the Sea Can- home to the Squamish Windsports Society. Here you will get acquainted with the rules of the Spit as well as pay your seasonal ($160) or daily ($20) fee. The staff on duty will also go over all the obstacles, hazards and currents in the area. If you are not sure ask!

 

What to Bring

The water in Squamish is COLD so don’t forget your wetsuit! The wind usually blows between 18 and 25 knots so bring small kites. It’s always a good idea to bring your whole quiver as sometimes you can use three different sizes in one day. There is an air compressor at the Spit, so a pump isn’t needed, though sometimes it is out of order or there can be a wait to use it.

All gear rentals including cold water gear are available at our downtown shop at 37813 Second Ave. We also offer free rental while your gear is in for repair, so if something breaks when you arrive, don’t worry about it, just bring it into the shop!

 

Weekdays vs Weekends

Weekdays are fairly calm at the Spit especially during the day. Weekends can get quite crowded.

 

Beginners at the Spit

The Squamish Spit is not a beginner friendly spot as the wind blows offshore. If you are a beginner, taking lessons is necessary. All lessons go from boats to avoid the crowds and give students a stress free learning process. Once students are ready, they will be taken to the Spit to learn the in’s and out’s of the spot before heading out on their own.

 

Rescue Service

There is a rescue service at the Squamish Spit, though this is not a service you should rely on 100% as sometimes they do not see you or are too busy to rescue you straight away. A good rule to follow is never kite further than you can swim- that way if you are in trouble you can help yourself and not rely on someone else.