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 adventure tours. Kaslo Kayaking has a variety of tours to suit your time & budget. Imagine a lovely 4 hour afternoon paddle exploring Kootenay Lake, paddle with us to remote ancient shores, 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 during our peak season, July-September.
* Stand Up Paddle Boarding, rentals and lessons *
* Learn to Windsurf - single or group lessons available *
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2629 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 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 & SUP rentals for those who want to create their own adventure. We are a short drive from Golden, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort & Radium Hot Springs.
612 - 7th St N
Golden, British Columbia
Glacier Raft Company offers action packed, adrenaline filled whitewater rafting adventures, as well as relaxing, scenic family floats. We run trips on 3 different rivers from Golden.
The Kicking Horse River is the ultimate whitewater rafting destination in the Rocky Mountains, while the White River is a beautiful hidden gem. The Blaeberry River offers friendly family fun, so come join us and let Glacier Raft Company make your next rafting trip the best it can be!
101 Golden Donald Upper Rd
Golden, British Columbia
A thrilling paddling adventure down the Kicking Horse & Beaver Rivers. This tour is available for either the Stand Up Paddle Board or Inflatable Kayak option.
We travel the stunning Beaver & Kicking Horse Rivers with highlights including paddling to the base of Wapta Falls, one of the Rockies most photographed waterfalls. From the Falls we kayak as a group down the upper reaches of the Kicking Horse River, navigating up to Class 2+ rapids with the help of our Inflatable Kayaks or Stand Up Paddle Boards designed for river use. Suitable for the adventurous.
4983 Hwy 93
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
The originals since 1976! Kootenay River Runners has been introducing adventurous travellers to the delights of river rafting in British Columbia. We've guided thousands down the Kicking Horse River, Kootenay, Columbia Rivers & Toby Creek. These rivers carve their way through some of the most impressive mountain landscapes in the Canadian Rockies. Whether your interests are challenging white water, wilderness & family rafting, or Voyageur Canoe Trips, each river offers a unique experience. Based in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, we also have facilities on the Kicking Horse River & Toby Creek. All trips are an easy drive from Calgary, Lake Louise, Golden, Fairmont Hot Springs, Panorama & Radium Hot Springs.