We’re into August! Dramatic pause to let that sink in…
Time to kick summer into high gear then by planning one more weekender to squeeze every last drop of fun into what’s left of the season. So get on board with the latest stand-up paddling trend: sunset SUPing.
Note: SUP guides will ensure you are fully outfitted with all the necessary equipment, including a fashionable personal floatation device.
With that in mind, here are 6 amazing ways to SUP into the sunset before the summer’s over.
SUNSET SUP ON LAKE SUPERIOR AND MICHIPICOTEN RIVER
Perched on the shores of Lake Superior, at the mouth of the Michipicoten River, Rock Island Lodge is treated to the best of both worlds with spectacular views of the wild lake and access to the calm, warm waters of the river. In conjunction with Naturally Superior Adventures, the lodge offers 16 stand-up paddle boards for you and 15 besties to enjoy a guided evening SUP outing. There’s comfy B&B accommodations at the lodge, a unique Geo Dome shelter, or you can set up your tent on the beach.
SUP SUNSET YOGA ON THE OTTAWA RIVER
Namaste. Join Urban Ocean’s SUP Ottawa and the Valley for a sun-saluting stand-up paddle board yoga class in nature’s water studio, in the heart of Ottawa. Strengthen your core and find your zen as dusk colours the heritage sites and parliament buildings around you. Once you’re all limber and chill, head up to Copper Spirits & Sights, the rooftop lounge at the Andaz Hotel, for cocktails, snacks and a view like no other of Canada’s capital.
GEORGIAN BAY SUNSET SUP TOUR
Departing from Parry Sound, Ontario Sea Kayak Centre will take you out on an evening sunset tour of gorgeous Georgian Bay. There’s nothing quite as splendid as the receding rays of sun shimmering on the water all around you. Wake up to more sparkling views at Harmony Outdoor Inn, a wooded, waterfront glamping resort and B&B oasis.
SUPING THE WATERS OF SUDBURY
Downward dog on a stand-up paddle board during an evening yoga session or set out on a guided paddle on secluded waterways with SUP Yoga Inc. Private and group sessions can be arranged and classes vary from chill to challenging. Adventure continues with dinner and drinks at Respect is Burning Supperclub, where the ambiance is as top drawer as the food.
NIGHT SUP OF TORONTO ISLANDS
Although just two kilometres from Toronto’s bustling Harbourfront, the Toronto Islands seem like a world away, with calm lagoons surrounded by quiet forests and gardens. The Islands are especially magical to SUP through at night, your way illuminated by an LED Torch Paddle, while catching glimpses of the city skyline. Toronto Island SUP has a board waiting for you. If you crave even more island time, there are a few local B&B’s on Ward’s and Algonquin Islands, or check out one of Toronto’s most unique places to stay, Making Waves Boatel (book well in advance).
SUP THE SHORES OF WASAGA BEACH
One of the best ways to explore the world’s longest freshwater beach is from the water. Free Spirits Tours provides stand-up paddle board excursions that offer the ultimate vantage point to enjoy views of Wasaga Beach drenched in the warm hue of nightfall. After dark, Blue Mountain Village heats up with vibrant dining, shopping and live music scenes, and great accommodations.
Ready for a SUPerb sunset? Wherever your paddle takes you, be sure to tag your pics with #DiscoverON.