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Kootenay Rockies

Bird Watching

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Birding in the Kootenay Rockies gives you the chance to view some of BC's most intriguing bird species.

More than 250 of them call the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area home, while the Columbia River provides wetland habitat for waterfowl, herons, ospreys and eagles. Moberly Marsh near Golden protects the northern portion of the Columbia River Wetlands, and the Wasa Sloughs (north of Cranbrook) are home to waterfowl, eagles, osprey, herons and turkey vultures as well as Canada geese.

Wings Over the Rockies is an annual spring bird festival with more than 50 events over a weeklong period, including nature walks, paddling tours, photography courses, and heritage tours.

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Columbia Wetlands Adventures - Parson

2628 Hwy 95
Parson, British Columbia
V0A 1L0
Websitehttp://www.wetlandsadventures.com
Toll-free888-244-7117
Phone250-439-8399

Immerse yourself in the serenity & wonder of the world-famous Columbia Wetlands. Witness the wetlands come alive as you float quietly past beaver dams, osprey nests & a heron rookery. With over 300 species of mammals & birds & the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, our Columbia Wetlands Adventures are a nature-lover's dream come true! An on-board guide will amaze & entertain you with their knowledge of the history, ecology & wildlife of the area.

We also offer canoe & kayak rentals for those who want to create their own adventure. We are a short drive from Golden, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort & Radium Hot Springs.

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Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area - Creston

1760 West Creston Rd
Creston, British Columbia
V0B 1G0
Websitehttp://www.crestonwildlife.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-402-6908

The wildlife area is an impressive 6,800 ha (17,000 ac) Ramsar designated wetland habitat located 11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3. From May through Oct, naturalists are on-site at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre ready to inspire & educate in a fun-filled atmosphere. The naturalists provide guided canoe & walking tours (May-Aug), special programs, trail maps & loads of information.

Easy 24/7 access to 32 km of meandering dyke trails & 2 viewing towers create the possibility of viewing some of the 400 species of wildlife that call this area home. Hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, canoeing & fishing are some ways you can enjoy this amazing wetland gem.

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Silver Spray Rafting - Nelson

Websitehttp://www.silversprayrafting.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-354-9235

The Slocan River is perfect for those that want everything whitewater rafting can offer. You can relax and take in the scenery through the first section of the trip. The water is crystal clear and by early summer becomes warm enough for swimming and floating along beside the raft. In the last section of the trip, the speed of the river increases. It's time to get ready for some action as we introduce you to some really great class II and III whitewater. A rafting trip on the Slocan River is a real treat for families and first timers alike. Contact us for more information on our custom river wilderness expeditions.

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Valkyr Adventures - Fauquier

Websitehttp://www.valkyradventures.com
Toll-free888-482-5597
Phone250-269-7237

Experience backcountry skiing at its finest! Valkyr Adventures offers you two backcountry ski touring lodges to choose from with access to 11,000 hectares of terrain in the Valkyr Range. Our staging area is near Burton, 37 km south of Nakusp on Hwy 6W. From there you'll fly in by helicopter for a week in ski-touring paradise. Choose the program that best fits your ability & agenda: guided, self-guided, catered or self-catered. Both Valkyr lodges feature quality accommodation including indoor plumbing, WiFi, fully outfitted private bedrooms, cozy wood fired comfort & separate sauna hut. Ski season is Dec-Apr. For added adventure choose our Apr Hut2Hut trip. Experience pure mountain bliss in summer too! Ramble from flower fields to mountain peaks. Multi-day trips are available Jul-Sep.

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