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Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park

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Kootenay Rockies

Kayaking & Canoeing

Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)

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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