Premier Listings: Canoeing & Kayaking: Kootenay Rockies

Crowsnest Highway 3The West Kootenays

Christina Lake has a disposition as sweet as the rolling hills that surround this classic Kootenay beauty. Launch a canoe or kayak from the beach in Gladstone Provincial Park and enjoy a paddle around the northern half of this popular lake. You’ll find wilderness campsites on sandy shores, if you care to spend a night under the stars.

If you’re lured to spend more than a day on the water, tackle the three-day, 30-mile (50-km) paddle from Procter near Nelson to Kuskanook on the south arm of Kootenay Lake. There are dispersed camping locations at pocket beaches and creek mouths, as well as formal campsites provided by BC Parks and the Recreation Sites and Trails BC. Among these are Irvine Creek and Wilson Creek Recreation Sites, and Drewry Point and Midge Creek Provincial Parks, all of which are marine access only. The lake can be windy, so an early-morning start is strongly recommended.

For a short trip on a big river, paddlers can access the Columbia River at the old ferry slip at Robson or Castlegar and take out in Trail at the municipal park, north of the bridge on the east side of the river. Allow one short day for this 18.5-mile (30-km), Class I or II trip. For a longer day, paddle on 12 miles (20 km) farther to Waneta, at the Canada-US border.

Slocan Valley and Upper Arrow Lake

The adventurous might want to canoe the length of Slocan Lake (staying close to the western shore), which can take from two to five days. The shoreline has many attractive sand and cobble beaches to enjoy, and the park has nine camping areas with outhouses and bear-proof food caches. Valhalla Provincial Parkis a magnificent world-class wilderness area, including nearly 20 miles (30 km) of the pristine wilderness shoreline of Slocan Lake. Kayakers and boaters are warned that the lake can have treacherous winds, consult locals before setting out.

The Slocan River is a small river, with occasional rapids, in a rural setting. Although none of the rapids is particularly difficult (nothing over Class III), experience in reading and running whitewater is definitely required. Paddlers should be adequately equipped, know their abilities and limitations, and reconnoitre unfamiliar territory.

Intermediate-level paddlers might want to get a taste of the river between Slocan and Crescent Valley, a Class II, 50-mile (80-km) trip that will take one long day. To shorten the trip, the river may be accessed at any of the bridges along Hwy 6, particularly between Perry Siding and Slocan Park. The most technical portion of the river (Class III) is just north of its confluence with the Kootenay River, a 3-mile (5-km) stretch between Crescent Valley and Shoreacres, a popular play spot for kayakers and canoers. Put in at Crescent Valley and take out at Shoreacres, just downstream of the railroad bridge. Allow one to three hours.

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Glacier Raft Company
1509A Lafontaine Road Golden BC V0A 1H3 Phone: 250-344-6521Toll Free: 1-877-344-7238View Website

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#1 Attraction in Golden on TripAdvisor. Glacier Raft Company has been running rafting trips on the Kicking Horse River since 1982. Our Kicking Horse River trips include whitewater rafting, kayak tours scenic floats, and heli rafting. Half-day and full-day adventures are offered, along with multi-day trips that include the Kootenay River. Raft and Play packages combine rafting with golfing, skydiving, ATVing, horseback riding, and visits to the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge, Kayak rentals are also available.

Given the experience, passion, professionalism and camaraderie we share, we’re extremely proud of our rafting crew. Whether it’s your first time, or you make an annual appearance, we will welcome you into our rafting family. We truly love what we do, and we hope to share it with you!

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Nipika Mountain Resort
9200 Settlers Road Kootenay National Park BC Office & Mailing Address RR#3, 4968 Timbervale Place Invermere BC V0A 1K3 Phone: 250-342-6516Fax: 250-342-0516Toll Free: 1-877-647-4525Visit Website

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Simply Spectacular, Spectacularly Simple! Enjoy Canada’s most beautiful wilderness in luxury timber-frame or log cabins in the heart of the B.C. Rocky Mountains, beside Kootenay National Park – the perfect spot to get away from it all. Come hiking, biking, rafting, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, or just sit back on the porch and do nothing. Life is Short – Play Hard

All of our rustic rocky mountain log cabins are luxuriously appointed with full kitchens, plush beds, and cozy chairs for curling up by the fireplace with a book. The eco-cabins are hand built right on site from the surrounding forest.

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We’re pet friendly too, so bring your whole family! All furry pals are invited to join in your Nipika adventures.

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