Skip to content

"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.

Paddle pros

Here are the experts who will help perfect your paddling trip.

Whitewater rafting
tours and rentals
Alpine Rafting

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

Learn More
Bacchus Books and Cafe

Learn More
Big Bang Bagels

Hit us up: … Open 7 days per week. … Big Bang Bagels has been feeding the hungry people of Fernie delicious, fresh, exquisite, marvelous banging homemade bagels for over 10 years.

Learn More
Bluebird Café

Learn More
Bridge Bistro

Learn More
Whitewater rafting trip
tours
Canyon Raft Company

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

Learn More
Castlegar

Learn More
Canoeing in the Columbia wetlands
tours and rentals
Columbia Wetlands Outpost

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

Learn More
Common Grounds

Learn More
Crumbs Bakery Café

Learn More
retail and rentals
Edge of the World

Offering top of the line equipment for sale and rent. Come check us out – Downtown Fernie. BC

Learn More
Rafting on the Slocan River
lessons, rentals & tours
Endless Adventure

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

Learn More
Ethos Cafe

Learn More
Ethos Cafe

Learn More
Fernie Brewing Company

Fernie Brewing Company is a family owned and operated craft brewery. They offer year-round beers as well as seasonal and limited release beers to choose from.

Learn More
Fernie Chamber of Commerce

Learn More
Floating in Golden
rentals
Float Golden

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

Learn More
Freshies Cafe

Learn More
Freshies Cafe

Learn More
Paddle boarding
retail and rentals
GearHub Sports

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

Learn More
Rafting the Kicking Horse River
rentals and tours
Glacier Raft Company

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

Learn More
Canoeing in the wetlands of Golden
rentals
Golden Paddle

Golden Paddle provides many different watersports rentals for their guests.

Learn More
Paddle Boarding
rentals and tours
Golden River Adventures

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

Learn More
Golden Visitor Centre

Learn More
Golden Visitor Centre

Learn More
Rafting the Kicking Horse River
tours
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.

Learn More
Kicking Horse Paddle Festival
Kicking Horse Paddle Festival

The Kicking Horse Paddle Festival is an annual event that recognizes and appreciates the beauty of the Kicking Horse River and the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

Learn More
tours and rentals
Kootenay Raft Company

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

Learn More
Whitewater rafting
tours
Kootenay River Runners

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

Learn More
Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River
tours and rentals
Kootenay River Runners: Golden

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

Learn More
Lions Head Inn Restaurant & Pub

Learn More
Miner’s Mud

Learn More
Nagomi Sushi

Learn More
Papa Bear’s Kitchen

Learn More
Park Place Lodge

Learn More
Raging Elk Adventure Lodging

Learn More
Reposados

For a unique outside dining experience you can now reserve your very own igloo

Learn More
Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser Expedition
tours
Roam Adventures

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

Learn More
Rockwater Grill and Bar

Learn More
Rooftop Coffee Roasters

Learn More
Scotties Marina
rentals
Scotties Marina

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

Learn More
Starbucks

Learn More
Tailout Brewing

Learn More
The Chopstick Truck

You can find us located off of Highway 3 in beautiful Fernie, BC. Join us at our outdoor picnic dining, or order up your food for takeout.

Learn More
The Golden Taps Pub

Learn More
The Pub Bar & Grill

Guests looking for a casual but unique dining option will enjoy the varied and extensive pub-style menu offered daily for lunch and dinner.

Learn More
Tourism Fernie

Learn More
Rafting in Fernie
lessons, rentals & tours
Tunnel49

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

Learn More
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.

Learn More
Wandering Fern Cafe

Learn More
Whitewater rafting down the Kicking Horse River
rentals and tours
Wet n Wild Adventures

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

Learn More
Whitetooth Brewing Company

Company crafts small batch Belgian-inspired and West Coast influenced beers in the town of Golden BC.

Learn More
Whitewater Lodge

Learn More
A scenic rafting trip with Wild Blue Yonder Rafting Adventures
tours
Wild Blue Yonder Rafting Adventures: Revelstoke

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

Learn More
tours
Wild Water Adventures

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

Learn More

Explore more in this community.

Every corner of BC has something unique to offer. From freshwater lakes on Vancouver Island to rafting on the whitewater of Squamish, you will never find a shortage of amazing paddling.

Project Partners