Hey guys, I just found the site while looking up kayaking in the Vancouver area. Basically what's happened is that I've finally decided to take advantage of living in the most beautiful city in the world and take up kayaking. I've done it a few times before while on vacation in Maui and am reasonably strong at rolling as well as the basics of paddling. However, I've got a couple questions since I plan on buying all the necessary gear to get started. Namely... - what kind of gear do I need to start out with? (other than wet suit, kayak and paddle of course...) - what are some good beginner areas around the lower mainland? (from what I can tell False Creek is pretty ideal in Vancouver proper) - to keep going with the first question, what are some good beginner areas around the lower mainland to get a good look at wildlife? Sorry about the long-windedness of this post and I look forward to getting out there. Berk.