Kayaking & Canoeing
Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)
Tucked between the Monashee, Selkirk, Purcell, and Rocky Mountains are endless north-to-south running rivers and lakes that provide incredible canoeing and kayaking opportunities in the Kootenay Rockies region.
Skim quietly through peaceful waters, or negotiate challenging rapids, sweepers, and fast currents. Relax on one of the region's sandy riverside beaches, and view wildlife ranging from moose and elk to ospreys and eagles.
In the Kootenay Rockies, kayakers and canoeists can explore one of North America's longest continuous wetland environments, the Columbia River Wetlands.
In the West Kootenays, Slocan is a paddling hot-spot, with its namesake lake and river catering to various skill levels. Lake Koocanusa (near Fernie) and Kootenay Lake (near Nelson) offer big lake paddling, with hundreds of kilometres of shoreline to explore.
And the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area – a 7,000ha/17,000ac, lush wetland habitat with approximately 286 species of birds – provides amazing wildlife viewing by canoe or kayak.
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315 A Ave
Kaslo, British Columbia
Kayak Kootenay Lake in style. No experience necessary. Half day, full day & multi-day guided adventures; Kaslo Kayaking has a variety of tours to suit your time & budget. How about a lovely 4 hour afternoon paddle exploring Kootenay Lake, where you will paddle with us to a remote ancient shore, hike to a hidden waterfall & enjoy a gourmet lunch on the beach.
Sunset paddles depart daily in season & afford the best lake & mountain sunset views possible. Be sure to bring your camera!
Spur of the moment tours are welcome, but you might want to book in advance July - Sept.
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2628 Hwy 95
Parson, British Columbia
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.
37977 Fourth Ave
Squamish, British Columbia
Sea to Sky Expeditions has been providing quality wilderness experiences since 1988. We offer a wide variety of activities & locations throughout BC. We are British Columbia's hiking experts, come join us on the West Coast Trail or take in a stunning mountain vista. Sea kayak in Johnstone Strait with the orcas or paddle a canoe through the world-class Bowron Lakes circuit. Amazing scenery, great food, certified guides & new friends await! No previous experience required.