Crescent Beach is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Looking to layout on the sand and catch a few rays? Check. Take a stroll beside the bay? Check. Birdwatch? Check. Enjoy a meal while overlooking the water? Check. Beautiful views and sunsets? Check. Pick up a new hobby, or embark on an adventure? You better believe it.
Amongst the sunbathers, ice cream shops, and beach volleyball courts is an opportunity to get to know Crescent Beach from a completely new perspective this summer: from the water! There’s no better way to see how the beach got its name than to see it’s shoreline from the water atop a paddleboard or a kayak. There are many ways to get out on the water; you can survey by sailboat, or traverse on a powerboat, but self-propelled on a paddleboard or a kayak is by far the most serene way to feel the sea breeze, and may we add, it’s a great little workout, too! Get a little exercise, be one with your thoughts, and get up close and personal with waterfowl. The waters in the bay are a great spot for newcomers to the activity to get their feet wet and practice balancing on the warm and relatively calm waters. Expert paddlers can enjoy the tide flowing in and out, and if you’re lucky, you may even see a harbour seal, as they tend to post up from time to time on the shores of Blackie Spit. If you’re up for a little calm adventure, carry along past Blackie Spit under the rail bridge to the mouth of the Nicomekl River, where you can paddle up this picturesque river to Elgin Heritage Park, which is home to Historic Stewart Farm.
If you’ve visited Crescent Beach in past, chances are you’ve come across the Paddle Shack at Blackie Spit. This small but mighty structure is home to the Sea to Sky Adventure Company, who provide kayak and stand up paddleboards rentals, lessons and tours to lovers of Surrey’s beautiful scenery.
Crescent Beach Paddleshack
3136 Mcbride Avenue
Weekdays: 11 am to 8 pm
Weekends & Holiday: 10 am to 8 pm