Spring in the Valley is perfection—warm and sunny days, quiet beaches and lakes, and of course the wide open spaces that make this part of the Rockies so special.
Soak up that spring sunshine on a paddle adventure!
At almost 18km in length with views of the Rockies to the east and Purcells to the west, Lake Windermere is a scenic place to paddle. While it can get busy with boats in July and August, they are few and far between in springtime. Paddle along the shoreline or head right down the middle for optimal mountain views. (If windy, the lake can get wavy and choppy.)
A smaller lake nestled amongst the trees, Lake Lillian is ideal for beginners. There is rarely wind and never waves or boat traffic. Paddle around the lake and explore the marshes.
Columbia River (Invermere to Radium)
The Columbia River is a great bird-watching trip with more than 250 species of migratory birds recorded in the wetlands. Take a peaceful paddle along the river, exploring the biodiversity and beaches along the way.
You don’t need to be an expert paddler to travel the Columbia River from Invermere to Radium. There are no rapids but there is a gentle flow, especially when Toby Creek merges with the river.
There are multiple vendors that rent equipment:
- Far Out Adventure Hub in Radium rents SUPs, canoes, and single and tandem kayaks via curbside pickup or delivery. They also offer shuttles and guided paddles for Columbia River trips.
- Columbia River Paddle, based in Invermere, also rents SUPs, canoes, and kayaks, and offers guided tours and shuttles.
- Syndicate Boardshop, located in Invermere near James Chabot Beach, rents paddleboards.
Whether your craft of choice is canoe, kayak, or paddleboard, you can enjoy all paddle adventures in the Columbia Valley this spring.