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" or sections of the river. Park Reach offers an excellent introduction, with lots of swifts and easy rapids. Then 40 km downstream we'll enter the more-demanding Canyon Reach. The rapids are more challenging 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.
We set up camp at the end of the day on the shore. With a glass of wine in hand, we’ll prepare an exceptional dinner to share around the campfire. 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. Any adventurous paddler can enjoy this trip. In our stable and forgiving, inflatable SOAR canoes, anyone can handle the rapids. Experienced canoeists will still appreciate the constant current, numerous rapids, and exceptional scenery.
For those looking for a more challenging run down the Kootenay, they should consider the June 20 - 25 option. If you're interested in a shortened trip, we also offer a warm up paddling weekend in August! This river, whether on a weekend or week-long trip, is a great start off point for progressing to one of our Nahanni trips.
"I did not expect the amazing scenery and wildlife. The grizzly bear sighting was very exciting." Bernard, Nova Scotia, Canada
Guides 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
• excellent trail meals and snacks on the river - Day 2 lunch to Day 5 lunch
• wine and beer with dinners
• high-quality, SOAR, 2-person inflatable canoes
• paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets
• tents: free-standing, custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• containers for food and group 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
Trip Rendezvous Point: Radium Hotsprings, British Columbia