The Columbia Valley is the ideal place to head out on the water on a kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Whether you’re looking for a full day trip or just a quick paddle, there are plenty of great options.
With opportunities on Lake Windermere, Columbia Lake, Lake Lillian and the Columbia River, there’s an adventure for everyone!
If you’d like to rent, or even take a guided float down the river, local businesses have got you covered. Check out Far Out Adventure Hub in Radium or Columbia River Paddle in Invermere for all your rental and transportation needs!
Float the Columbia River
An excellent half-day adventure can be found through floating along the wetlands from Invermere to Radium Hot Springs. With the help of the north-flowing river, this trip takes about three hours. Far Out Adventure Hub and Columbia River Paddle are able to help with a shuttle service to pick you up in Radium to head back to your vehicle in Invermere. When you stop in Radium, grab a pastry from Bighorn Cafe or a burger from Horsetheif CreekPub to fill up!
Explore the Wetlands
If you prefer a slower pace, immerse yourself in the Columbia River Wetlands near Invermere. Paddle for as long as you’d like through the world’s longest stretch of wetlands. This is an excellent area for bird watching; enjoy eagles, herons and more in their natural habitat. When you’re done, stop by Fuze Food for a smoothie and wrap for lunch. If you’d like to relax after your paddle, spread out a towel and enjoy a picnic at James Chabot Provincial Park as the sun sets.
Paddle the Bay
For a quicker trip, a short outing leaving from Kinsmen Beach in Invermere is perfect. Explore the bay and enjoy views of the sprawling Rocky Mountains. When you’re finished, enjoy a beverage and meal on the patio of the Station Pub or grab a slice of pizza at Peppi’s Italian Fuel.
Loop Lake Lillian
Lake Lillian is a small lake along the road to Panorama. It’s the perfect place to break out the paddleboard and float along the beaches of the lake! Stunning mountain views will surround you. Grab some chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening on the lakeshore.
Fish the Backroad Lakes
If you have a high clearance vehicle, you are able to reach the backcountry lakes accessible through forest service roads. Make sure you’ve got your BC Fishing License and Backcountry Recreation Map to plan your adventure.