Canoeing and Kayaking in the British Columbia Rockies






Canoeing and Kayaking in the British Columbia Rockies

Canoeing and Kayaking in the British Columbia Rockies

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The pure beauty is all around you when visiting the Rockies region of British Columbia. The all inspiring mountains seem to reach for the skies, while streams and waterfalls make their way down into the green valleys below. The alpine meadows and pine forests only add more beauty and provide a home for the abundant wildlife, that includes deer, moose, elks, grizzly and black bears, coyotes, wolves, cougars, wolverines, mountain goats and big horn sheep. Leave behind you the hustle and hectic pace, enjoy the unhurried life style of the Rockies.

Paddling the Columbia River down the Rocky Mountain Trench is an adventure that will be long remembered. This river makes its way through marshes, hills, and forests with the Rocky Mountains forming a magnificent backdrop. There is a wilderness feeling about this river with its waterfowl and other birds. Fishing is excellent, so take time out an enjoy this relaxing past time. This upper section of the Columbia River is easy paddling, novices with some training on moving water should have no problems as there are no really rapids. The put-in on Columbia Lake to the take-out at Donald Station is about 235 km (148 mi.) with easy access, as the highway makes its way right along the river. If planning on doing the full trip, best plan on taking seven to eight days for the complete paddle.

Another river that feature good paddling is the Kootenay River, from Gibralter to Wardner. Anyone with intermediate paddling experience and moving water skills will find this fun. There is one rapid section that is a grade or class 3, so be prepared for it and portage this part. This section of the Kootenay River is approximately 132 km (82 mi.) in length and will take from 3 to 4 days to do. You can put-in and take-out anywhere as the river has road access on both sides.

When planning a canoe or kayak trip to a region that is unfamiliar, it is best that you check with a local club and local equipment dealers. They will be able to give you and up to date reading on water conditions and hazards to avoid. It's always better to be safe and not sorry. Whether a novice or a very experienced paddler be safe, have fun!

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The following BC Adventure Network members invite you to kayak or canoe with them:

Kootenay River Runners: Experience river rafting down the Kicking Horse, Kootenay, Columbia Rivers, and Toby Creek as they carve their way through the Rockies mountain landscape. Our unique rafting adventures offer challenging whitewater, family rafting, & evening float trips. more
Nipika Mountain Resort: A spectacular setting, with energy efficient luxurious well appointed accommodations right on the trail system. We maintain harmony with the environment and emphasize many self-propelled recreation opportunities. Kids and pets are welcome. more
ROAM (Rivers Oceans and Mountains): Experience the most unique vacations with whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, whale watching, heli-hiking and multi-sport activities. We offer unprecedented access to pristine wilderness environments and places no other adventure companies dare to venture. more
The Cabins at Whitetail: Enjoy the splendor and tranquility of the Purcell Mountains & a well appointed cabin with today’s modern conveniences. There’s fishing, swimming, canoeing, hiking, snowmobiling, and x-country skiing – plus pack trips into the famous Purcell Wilderness Conserv... more

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