Explore the historic Columbia River and Wetlands

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Columbia River and Wetlands

Departing: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Duration: 4.5 hrs
Adult (16+): $109
Child Under 16: $65

Guided: Lazy River – Invermere to Radium

Capture, by kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard, the pristine Columbia River waters as seen first-hand by David Thompson and unchanged since the arrival of the First Nations people.

For reservations within the next 24 hours, please call us!

This 4 hour family-friendly and fun trip, starts in Invermere and will take you through the spectacular wetlands down the Columbia River to Radium Hot Springs.

Join our guide in one of our voyageur canoes, or paddle yourself in one of our recreational kayaks or canoes and discover intricate facts about this great North American river and its ecologically important wetlands, along with its abundant birds, fish, reptiles and mammals.

We will stop along the way to stretch our legs. Be sure to bring water and a snack to enjoy on the shoreline or at one of the beautiful sandbars along the way.

Guided Invermere to Radium tours run at various times throughout the season:

  • May 1 – June 12 – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday meet at 11:30am and return approximately 4:30pm.
  • June 13 – June 30 – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday meet at 12:30pm and return approximately 5:30pm.
  • July 1 – August 21 – Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday meet at 9am and return approximately 1:30pm. Saturdays meet at 12:30pm and return approximately 5:30pm.
  • August 22 – Sept 4 – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday meet at 12:30pm and return approximately 5:30pm.
  • Sept 5 – October 9 – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday meet at 11:30am and return approximately 4:30pm.

Reservations are required.

We may take bookings on-demand based on availability. Please contact us via email at paddle@columbiariverpaddle.com or by phone at 250-342-7397.

Interpretive Wetlands and wildlife tour

Departing: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday Mornings
Duration: 2 hrs
Adult (16+): $54
Child 5 – 15 year old: $30
Child 4 & under: Free

Guided: Interpretive Wetlands Tour

With a first rate view from your canoe, kayak or a “Big Voyager Canoe”, you will venture into the fertile Columbia Valley Wetlands.

Spend a couple of hours paddling the Columbia River Wetlands while learning about David Thompson and the local history. You will discover facts about the river and wetlands, local birds, fish, reptiles and animal life in the pristine beauty of the Columbia Valley Wetlands.

Based on group size and demand we will paddle either canoes, kayaks or a Voyager canoe.

Wetlands tours available Wednesday, Friday & Sunday at 10am.
Reservations required.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time.
Additional times may be available upon request, for groups of 4 or more.

Tours may be cancelled due to strong winds.
Rates include all safety gear.
Prices do not include all applicable taxes.

Interpretive Paddle in a big canoe

Departing: On request – contact us
Duration: 2 hrs
Adults (Ages 16+): $54
Youth (Ages 5-15): $30
Children (Ages 4 and under): Free

Guided: Voyageur Canoe Historic Paddle Tour

With a first rate view from our “Big Voyager Canoe”, we will paddle on Lake Windermere to learn more about the local history and wildlife. 

This 2 hour excursion takes you back in history to the findings of native artifacts from 900 years ago. Learn of David Thompson, the trappers, settlers, and miners, their route on the river, and their establishment of transportation from Canal Flats to Golden by canoe, barges and paddle wheelers. Paddle the pristine Lake Windermere and learn about local history and wildlife.

Tour is available on request for groups of 4 or more – please contact us.

Tours may be cancelled due to strong winds.
Rates include all safety gear.
Prices do not include all applicable taxes.

Departing: 10:30
Duration: full day
Adults (Ages 16+): $129

Guided: Invermere to Radium with Riverside BBQ Lunch

Bring your group and join our guides for our favourite tour; a leisurely 17km paddle from Invermere to Radium Hot Springs down the Columbia River, through the longest continuous wetlands in North America with a riverside BBQ lunch!

Bring your binoculars and hope to spot bald eagles, herons and diving osprey amongst others.  We’ll stop for an open fire BBQ lunch on the riverside and hear tales of the Columbia Valley.

This tour is available daily in May (excluding 9-15 May), meeting at the Invermere Boat Launch at 10:30am.

  • Advance booking is required.
  • A group booking of minimum 6 people is required.
  • Vegetarian option available.
  • Tours may be cancelled due to strong winds.
  • Rates include all safety gear.
  • Prices do not include all applicable taxes.

$129 per person plus taxes.

Interested in this guided trip but don’t have a group of 6? Email us and we’ll do our best to join you with another group.