Paddle and Hike Week – June 23-28, 2019

Paddle and Hike Week – June 23-28, 2019

This guided instructional five day program is offered in partnership with Black Feather Adventures and immerses you in the mountain environment.


Sunday, June 23- Friday, June 28, 2019

The Kootenay is a mountainous river run starting in Kootenay National Park, near the continental divide. Nipika Mountain Resort is nestled in this wilderness, with the Kootenay River flowing past. Our “Paddle and Hike” adventure includes 5 nights at Nipika.

There will be day-hikes up Aurora Creek to view Mount Assiniboine, and around the Kindersley Pass. You will want to be in reasonable physical shape for the hikes as there can be considerable elevation change; but, we will adjust the routes and pace to suit the group.

We will also enjoy 2 canoeing day-trips on the Kootenay River and will pass many fascinating features: the Cross River natural bridge, tufa deposits, and wind-and-water-sculpted hoodoos. The river flows swiftly, with Class 1 and 2 rapids interspersed. Any adventurous person can enjoy this trip. In our stable and forgiving SOARS canoes, the rapids are accessible for most paddlers. Experienced canoeists will still appreciate the constant current, numerous rapids, and exceptional scenery.

Our base is Nipika Mountain Resort – a lovely eco-lodge on the shore of the river. We’ll return to Nipika each afternoon for a sauna followed by an excellent group dinner.

Any adventurous person can enjoy this trip. In our stable and forgiving in flammable SOAR canoes, anyone can handle the rapids. Experienced canoeists will still appreciate the constant current, numerous rapids and exceptional scenery. You want to be in reasonable shape for your age for the hikes as there can be considerable elevation change, but we will adjust the routes and pace to suit the group.

What is Included:

• 5 nights at Nipika Mountain Resort in a “family-style” log cabin or at the main lodge – shared accommodation
Up grade to private accommodations at nominal fee.
• group-prepared meals at Nipika – Day 1 dinner to Day 6 breakfast
• excellent trail lunches and snacks on day trips (Days 2 to 5)
• wine with dinners
Canoe Equipment
• high-quality, SOAR, 2-person inflatable canoes
• paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets
Safety Equipment
• first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
• shuttles between Nipika and the river on Day 3 and Day 4
• 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, 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.
• Any costs associated with your emergency evacuation from the trip
• Gratuities

 Price: $1675.00 + taxes

This trip is a partnership with Blackfeather Adventures.

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