The Kootenay River is an exciting whitewater run through the beautiful Canadian Rockies of southeast British Columbia. We’ll launch high in Kootenay National Park and paddle three “reaches” (sections) of the river. Park Reach offers an excellent introduction, with lots of swifts and easy rapids. Then, 40 km downstream we will enter the more-demanding Canyon Reach. The rapids are more challenging here and cut through 50 km of steep-walled canyons. Lastly, we’ll run the more-relaxing White River Reach and splash through amazing scenery in the westernmost ranges of the Rockies to our take-out point at Canal Flats.

Our base for this adventure is Nipika Mountain Resort – a lovely eco-lodge on the shore of the river where we’ll stay on our first and last nights.

In stable and forgiving inflatable SOAR boats, anyone can handle the rapids on this trip. Experienced canoeists will still appreciate the constant current, numerous rapids, and exceptional scenery.

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Dates, Rates & Availability

Prices listed are per person. All dates listed are tentative until confirmed by the Black Feather Office. Click here for our booking, payment and cancellation policies.

Dates Trip Fee Availability
Sun. June 26 - Fri. July 1, 2022 $1,895 CAD until Oct 31, 2021* Book Now
Sun. July 10 - Fri. July 15, 2022 $1,895 CAD until Oct 31, 2021* Book Now
Sun. Aug 7 - Fri. Aug 12, 2022 $1,895 CAD until Oct 31, 2021* Book Now
Sun. Aug 21 - Sun. Aug 26, 2022 $1,895 CAD until Oct 31, 2021* Book Now
Above Dates $1,995 CAD From Nov 1

What's included



  • 5:1 ratio


  • 2 nights at Nipika Mountain Resort in a “family style” log cabin (private room with shared bathrooms and common areas)
  • 3 nights of camping on the Kootenay River


  • group-prepared meals at Nipika – Day 1 dinner, Day 2 breakfast, Day 5 dinner, Day 6 breakfast
  • all meals and snacks on the river – Day 2 lunch to Day 5 lunch
  • wine and beer with dinners

Rafting & Paddling Equipment

  • high-quality, SOAR, 2-person inflatable boats
  • paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets

Camping Equipment

  • tents – free standing expedition dome tents
  • ‘kitchen’ – tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
  • containers for food and group equipment

Safety Equipment

  • first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits


  • shuttles between Nipika Mountain Resort and the Kootenay River on Day 2 and Day 5
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to and from the expedition