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Paddle Adventures in the Columbia Valley

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.

Do you love to paddle? Lucky for you, the Columbia Valley is home to many bodies of water. You can choose to paddle Lake Windermere, Columbia Lake, Lillian Lake or the Columbia River. No matter where you paddle, you will be surrounded by incredible views of mountains and make lasting memories.  

If you’d like to rent, or even take a guided float down the Columbia 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!

Explore these paddles on your next visit to the Columbia Valley:

Float the Columbia River: Invermere to Radium

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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 can help with a shuttle service to pick you up in Radium to head back to your vehicle in Invermere. 

Explore the Wetlands

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If you prefer a slower pace, immerse yourself in the Columbia River Wetlands near Invermere. Paddle until you reach Toby Creek merging with the Columbia River (you’ll notice where they merge as the current changes), then turn around to paddle back to your vehicle. This is an excellent bird-watching area; enjoy eagles, herons and so much more!  If you’d like to relax after your paddle, spread out a towel and enjoy a picnic at James Chabot Provincial Park.

Windermere Lake: Paddle the Bay

For a quicker trip, a short outing leaving from Kinsmen Beach in Invermere is the perfect option. Paddle around the bay, taking in the incredible views of the surrounding mountains. If you want to make your trip longer, there is a lot of lake to explore allowing individuals to pick how far they want to paddle. Be sure to be mindful of motorized watercraft while paddling. 

Lillian Lake

On the way to Panorama Lillian Lake is a cute little lake made for paddling. It’s small enough that motorized watercraft won’t be on the lake but large enough to get a nice paddle in. The lake is also dog friendly so your four-legged friends can enjoy some beach time. 

Float the Columbia River: Fairmont Hot Springs​

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Want to paddle more of the Columbia River?  Well, look no further than the Fairmont Float! This two-hour float takes you through the Riverside Golf Course and continues to a less populated area of the river, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. This float is fantastic for birdwatching!

Columbia Lake

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Have you ever been to the Columbia Lake? Columbia Lake is located by Canal Flats. Paddle the wetlands or venture around the lake. The public beach for this lake is located at Tilley Memorial Park. Tilley Memorial Park features a rocky beach, a grassy area, a boat launch and picnic tables.

Stop at any of the visitor centres in the Columbia Valley to learn where the put-in-and-pull-outs are on the river tours. Or have you paddled all these bodies of water already? The visitor centres will be able to provide you with more lakes to explore!

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