Rider: Lazer, Photo: Laura Grant
It is that time of year again in the Kootenays! On our third high water surge so far this season we have been hit with a few days of straight rain to bring everything back up again.
Last year we hosted the HTTD on INDY wave only seen last year after a ... Read More →
British Columbia offers a vast array of totally awesome whitewater. Quite often travellers from all over the world speak of the epic “BC steep creeking” for good reason. There are thriving kayak communities all across BC offering a wide selection of different whitewater.
As you cross the Rocky Mountains from Alberta you arrive in Golden, host of the Kicking Horse River, and home of Golden Kayakers.
Heading south you come into Revelstoke known for it’s incredible ski resort and steep creeking down box shaped canyons. The crew at Revelstoke Whitewater organize group paddles in this tight knit community of raft guides and paddlers.
Heading further south you come to the Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia offer a wide array of outdoor adventures activities including some of Western Canada’s best kayaking. Surrounded by the Kootenay and Columbia rivers, the kayaking possibilities are endless in this unique area. There are numerous creeks flowing out of the lush mountains like Koch Creek, Wilson Creek, Summit Creek, and Skookumchuck Creek. The Kootenays also hosts some great intermediate level paddling like the Slocan and Salmo River. We are blessed with play boating all winter long and one of the biggest waves in the west, Brilliant Wave, comes out every May/June.
Our local paddling club, Borderline Boaters has been introducing kayaking to keen people since hosting the Canadian Nationals in 1995. We have a full service kayak shop called Endless Adventure at the put in of the Slocan that offers clinics, sales, and rentals.
The best thing about Kootenay Kayaking is by far the people, expect to be welcomed with open arms, literally. Every Wednesday night we meet on the Slocan River for paddling and a bbq. Feel welcome to check us out anytime. The Kootenays are a rare gem waiting to be discovered.
From the Kootenays you can either head west to the Whistler/Squamish area what those who know call a creeking disneyland with epic class 4/5 creek runs and of course all the fiesta you can handle in Whistler Village. For some more information on this area check out Liquid Lore, and online guidebook for the area. From here you can either venture to Vancouver Island for some rain fed creeking and the famous Skookumchuck Narrows wave and be sure to check out the Fraser Valley Scene or head north for the remote paddling in Quesnel, Prince George, Smithers, Terrace, and Prince Rupert. Be prepared for hard boating, hard hiking, and fantastic people.
Come to the amazing region of BC from some epic whitewater, long lasting friends, and a taste of the untamed natural surroundings.
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Rider: Lazer, Photo: Laura Grant
GoPro Video Guide to Koch Creek
Check out this exciting video guide of Koch Creek in the beautiful West Kootenays.
This solid class Iv/Iv+ run is commonly done after work or with a crew of weekend warriors any time from late May to Early July once peek flows have subsided.
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On Sunday April 14h over 20 kayakers and spectators attended the areas first World Kayak HomeTown Throwdown of the season on Brilliant Wave in Castlegar BC. With a surprise blizzard on Saturday morning and similar forecast for Sunday, organizers were sceptical there would be a good turn out. An hour before the event the sun ... Read More →