Kootenay River Canoe Trip

Kootenay River Canoe Trip

Our Kootenay River Canoe trip starting on the Vermillion River and continuing onto the Kootenay river. First and last nights are spent at Nipika and 4 days of camping along the river.

Sunday, July 28 – Friday, August 2, 2019


Sunday, August 18- Friday, August 23, 2019

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 3 ‘Reaches’ or sections of the river. The Park Reach offers an excellent introduction with lots of swifts and easy rapids. 40 km downstream we enter the more challenging Canyon Reach. The rapids are more challenging and cut through 50 km of steep walled canyons. Finally we reach the more relaxing White River Reach and splash through amazing scenery in the westernmost ranges of the Rockies to our take out 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 camp fire.
Our base for this adventure is Nipika Mountain Resort – a lovely eco-lodge on the shore of the river. We’ll enjoy the resort on our first and last nights.
Any adventurous paddler can enjoy this trip. In our stable and forgiving inflatable SOARs canoes, anyone can handle the rapids. Experienced canoeists will still appreciate the constant current, numerous rapids and exceptional scenery.


Sunday, 4 PM

Check-in, group dinner and evening orientation after a pleasant hike around Nipika


Equipment and safety session then an afternoon run down the upper Kootenay River, Grades 1 – 2. Back to Nipika for the night.


All day on the Kootenay River, the “Bridge to Bridge Run”, the most exciting and beautiful section of the river, with a shuttle to the upper White R. in the evening, then camping along the White R.


The White R. Canyons, then the lower Kootenay R. to Gibralter Rock to camp. Simply spectacular scenery with grades 2 – 3 water.


Paddle down the scenic lower Kootenay to Canal Flats to be picked up and shuttle back to Nipika for dinner and a relaxing evening, sauna.


Relaxing morning at the resort and departure. Breakfast provided


Guides – 5:1 ratio
• 2 nights at Nipika Lodge – ‘family style,’ log cabin or main lodge, mostly double occupancy
• 3 night camping on the Kootenay River
• group prepared meals at Nipika – diner day 1, day 2 breakfast, day 5 dinner, day 6 breakfast
• excellent trail meals and snacks from Day 2 lunch to Day 5 lunch
• wine and beer with dinners
Canoe Equipment
• SOAR 2 person high quality inflatable canoes
• paddles PFD’s etc (you may bring your own)
Expedition Equipment
• kitchen / group tarp, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
• sleeping tents – free standing custom expedition dome tents – 2 per tent
• packs and barrel packs for expedition gear and group meals
Safety Equipment
•first aid, safety, rescue and repair kits
• shuttles between Nipika and the river on Day 2 and Day 5
• transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to and from the expedition

What isn’t included?
• Personal clothing and gear – a recommended clothing & equipment list will be provided
• Travel between your home and Nipika
• Optional shuttle between Calgary Airport and Nipika – $125 each way
• Any hotel accommodation or meals other than those listed above
• Souvenirs, purchases of a personal nature, personal phone calls etc.
• Any additional expenses or costs incurred as a result of delays to the trip caused by factors beyond our control – i.e. weather, water levels, flight delays, etc.
• Gratuities

Price: $1695.00 + taxes

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