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"Kootenay" Is paddler slang for "Awesome".

Everyone is familiar with the Rocky Mountains in Canada, but did you know they are only one of four major mountain ranges in the Kootenay Rockies region? Between the Purcell, Monashee, Selkirk, and western Rocky Mountains, are a variety of valleys boasting innumerable lakes and rivers offering every type of paddling experience. Its headwaters of the mighty Columbia River are located in the area of BC, near Fairmont Hot Springs, and flow north past Golden before veering south and running all the way to the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. Whether your preference is paddling big rivers or kayak fishing on lakes for Kokanee salmon, the Kootenay Rockies region is guaranteed to float your boat.

Participating communities from Kootenay Rockies

Explore pockets of this region by way of specific communities. Get info on the waterways in or near them and meet local paddling professionals.

Castlegar

Discover the little city at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers. And try the borscht.

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Cranbrook

Calm lakes or thrilling rapids. Paddle serenity or adventure in the Kootenays!

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Fernie

The Elk River snakes its way past this community and the Bull River flows nearby. As their names suggest, the paddling here is wild.

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Golden

Golden is perfectly named because the paddling experiences here are worth their weight in, well, you know.

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Meet the specialists Kootenay Rockies

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 and Rentals
Alpine Rafting

Alpine Rafting is located in Golden BC on the famous and beautiful Kicking Horse River.

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Apex Rafting

Lots of great rapids, 26kms of rafting includes fresh fruit, pastries & trip photos!

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Canyon Raft Company

Located in Fernie BC the Canyon Raft Company offers anything from scenic floats to whitewater rafting, making it suitable for all.

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Rentals and Tours
Columbia Wetlands Outpost

Explore the stunning Columbia Wetlands with self-guided rentals and unique accommodations for special occasions.

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Retail and Rentals
Edge of the World

Edge of the World offers a wide range of snowboarding, skateboarding, paddleboarding, streetwear, and goods in Fernie, BC.

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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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Rentals
Float Golden

Float Golden offers the most affordable paddle board rentals throughout Golden.

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Rentals and Retail
GearHub Sports

GearHub sports offers a wide variety of watersports gear and equipment for rentals or sale.

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Tours and Rentals
Glacier Raft Company

Go whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River with Goldens original rafting company, Glacier Raft Co.

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Golden Paddle

Golden Paddle provides many different watersports rentals for their guests.

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Rentals and Tours
Golden River Adventures

At Golden River Adventures try something new with their inflatable kayak rentals and create your own adventure.

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Hydra River Guides

Hydra River Guides offers many different activities, whether it’s a fast paced rafting trip or a gentle canoe ride they have it all.

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Rentals, Retail & Lessons
Just Liquid Sports

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Tours and Rentals
Kootenay Raft Company

For over 20 years the Kootenay Raft Company has been offering adventurous whitewater rafting trips in Kimberley BC.

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Lessons, Tours & Rentals
Kootenay Raft Co Rafting and Rentals

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Tours
Kootenay River Runners

Kootenay River Runners is perfect for adventurous visitors to experience guided whitewater rafting trips down the mighty Kicking Horse River.

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Rentals and Tours
Kootenay River Runners: Golden

Kootenay River Runners in Golden BC explores the mighty Kicking Horse River.

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Roam Adventures

Explore the rivers and experience beautiful mountain views while adventuring with Roam Adventures.

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Scotties Marina

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

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Rentals, Tours & Lessons
Tunnel49

Tunnel49 is a rafting company that offers a variety of different tours including calmer trips or more adventurous ones.

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Tours and Rentals
Tunnel 49 (Mountain High Adventure)

Whitewater Rafting is a unique way to experience Fernie. You’ll enjoy breathtaking sceneries in our high quality 8 seater rafts as you
navigate through carved canyons, and over Class 2, 3, and 4 rapids.

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Wet n Wild Adventures

Experience thrilling rafting trips down the Kicking Horse River with Wet n Wild Adventures.

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Wild Blue Yonder Rafting Adventures: Revelstoke

Become a "River Pirate" on a whitewater rafting tour with Wild Blue Yonder Rafting Adventures.

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Wild Water Adventures

Wild Water Adventures is known to be the best organized whitewater rafting trips near Banff.

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Learn more about paddling in Kootenay Rockies

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