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June 20, 2024

Ready to Make a Splash This Summer?

If the answer is “YES” you are set to conquer our Kootenay waterways! From the thrills of whitewater rafting, the satisfaction of DIY paddling, the excitement of a waterpark visit, to mastering sailing or wakeboarding, we’ve got your water adventure needs mastered.


Grab your sunglasses and get ready for an amazing day out with Arrow Lakes with Arrow Lakes Adventures in Nakusp. Their comfortable 26-foot Avalon Cantina triton will transport you to secluded beach where you can go kayaking & swimming and shuttle you (and your bikes) to the finest mountain biking trails in the area.

Arrow Lake Adventures near Nakusp; photo by Mitch Winton

Additional Boat, Jet-Boat, Sea-Doo rentals: Great Canadian Tours, Jones Boys Boats, Nelson’s RV Park & Marina, Pete’s Marina and Wolf’s Den on the River.

Venture into the wild with Endless Adventure. They are experts in rafting and tours, curating unparalleled experiences for adventurers of all ages. Try their thrilling Columbia River SUP Float, cherished Family Floats, or step into the mystic world with the  Natural Arches Kayak Tour. Need a rush? Opt for their Whitewater Rafting. For groups wanting to bond, choose their Team Building Experiences. Plus, today’s youth can engage in their immersive camps and educational experiences.

Guided kayak adventures with Endless Adventure; photo by Mitch Winton

Additional Whitewater Rafting Experiences: Alpine Rafting, Apex Raft Company, Canyon Raft Company, Glacier Raft Company, Hydra River Guides, Kootenay Raft Company, Kootenay River Runners, Tunnel 49 Adventures, Wet n’Wild Rafting Adventures, Wild Blue Yonder Rafting and Wild Water Adventures.


Experience the thrill of canoeing, kayaking, and SUP with Columbia River Paddle. Indulge in their world-class lessons, equipment rentals, and guided/self-guided tours. Explore the breathtaking Columbia River Valley and paddle your way from Invermere to Radium Hot Springs. Don’t worry about the trip back, they offer a daily return shuttle.

Paddling the Columbia River, between Invermere & Radium Hot Springs; photo by Mitch Winton

Additional self-guided, flatwater paddle experiences: Blazin Trailz Adventurz, Far Out Adventure Hub, Kaslo Kayaking & Adventure Centre, Natural Escape Kayaking, Nelson Paddleboard/Kayak Rentals and Revelstoke Outdoor Adventures.

Unleash the magic of Columbia Wetlands Outpost, your definitive launch point for an unparalleled cataraft journey right at the core of the Columbia Wetlands. Delight in an exceptional adventure just a stone’s throw away from Golden, on our state-of-the-art 10-person cataraft engineered with your utmost safety and peace in mind. Succumb to the captivating sounds of the wetlands and the irresistible allure of the Columbia River Valley.

Wildlife view on a cataraft with Columbia Wetlands Outpost; photo by Dave Best


H2O School is making waves this year! Recognized as trailblazers in the wakesurfing world, they have expanded their horizon – giving their clients the freedom to choose from not one, but two prime locations, along with the luxury of two distinguished boats and coaches. And that’s not all – they are even ready to bring their experienced coaches right to your doorstep for private lessons on your own boat. Wakesurfing is more than just a sport to them – it’s their burning passion. 

Sunshine Houseboat and Marina’s aquatic waterpark playground, on Lake Koocanusa, is a hit with families. In 2021 they purchased in a bigger and better Waterpark. Jump, bounce, climb, slide and swim – it is one of the best family adventures to experience this summer!

Aerial view of the Waterpark; photo courtesy of Sunshine Houseboats & Marina


Get ready to rule the wetlands with Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre in Creston. For an hour-long interactive canoe tour, join their expert Naturalist. It’s time to take over the paddle, explore the ponds, traverse the channels, and witness wildlife in its purest form. An unexpected, guided tour in nature – home to over 300 species of birds, 60 of mammals, 17 of fish and 6 each of reptiles and amphibians.  


Sail Nelson takes sailing to the next level. Engage in first-rate Water and Classroom Training, and delight in stunning sailing journeys like their Sailing Sample – a 3-hour, hands-on sailing adventure. A prime choice for beginners on a voyage to mastery. Also consider the beautiful ‘Sunset Sail with Sage’, for an unmatched experience. Bask in the beauty of a sunset sail on the Spindrift, rounded off with a delicious dinner at the renowned Sage Tapas and Wine Bar.

Sailing on Kootenay Lake; photo by Dave Heath


Paddle with Downstream Adventure as they  traverse the beautiful waters of Lake Revelstoke on the exclusive Stand-Up Paddle Board Cliff to Waterfall Tour! Venture north from the lake’s origin and immerse yourself in the magic. Their pledge? To forge a formidable, inclusive community where water enthusiasts, regardless of their skill level, can enhance their abilities, discover uncharted territories, and bond with fellow adventurers.

Guided SUP Cliff & Waterfall tour; photo by Downstream Adventure

Vertical Rivers Canyon Adventure Tours offers a new and unique way to discover the beautiful hidden rivers and waterfalls surrounding Revelstoke. With a tour guide and experienced canyon instructor, you’ll make your way through hidden swimming holes and learn how to descend waterfalls safely by rappeling, sliding, scrambling and sometimes even cliff jumping.

Waterfall descent in Revelstoke; photo courtesy of Vertical Rivers

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