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Paddle the Heart of the Kootenays

Because Castlegar is located at the confluence of two major rivers, the Kootenay and the Columbia, there is no shortage of amazing paddling opportunities for water lovers. Plus there are three major lakes and innumerable smaller ones nearby. It’s like having an entire water park at the tip of your paddle.

Featured waterways in Castlegar

Here are some of the area’s best bodies of water to dip into.

Arrow Lakes

This is where the largest Kokanee fish in the world was caught. Need we say more?


Columbia River

The best part about paddling in Castlegar is you can do it right in the heart of the city because the Columbia River flows its way past the downtown core.


Meet the specialists Castlegar

From guides and instructors to marina owners and sales reps, here are the people who will ensure you’re not sent up the creek without a, well, you know. 

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tours, rentals & lessons
Endless Adventure

Endless Adventures offers a variety of different watersports options for everyone to try out.

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Scotties Marina
Scotties Marina

Located on the Arrow Lakes, Scotties Marina is a fully serviced marina that also provides some watersports rentals.

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