Canoe the Kootenay River

Canoe the Kootenay River

Explore the Kootenay River with us!

Paddle trips will not run this season. To prevent the spread of whirling disease, all waterbodies and shorelines in Kootenay National Park are closed until March 31, 2025.


Once they re-open, we will run our trips again! More information can be found on the Parks Canada website.

Trip overview

Spend a day on the Kootenay River, paddling through aquamarine water sighting birds and wildlife in the air and along the shorelines.

Our team of experienced guides will coach you along the way to develop and improve your skills on moving water, around winding bends, and over stretches of rapids.

The guides can share stories about the river and mountain area as we paddle surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Tours will stop for a rest at one of the countless remote beaches where you can explore the shoreline for animal prints and bravely dip in the glacier-fed water.


Adult $100.00 / Youth (under 12*) $75.00
*Children must be 6 years of age or older to participate. 


There is a closure of all waterbodies and shorelines in Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. Once they re-open, we will run our paddle trips again!


The day begins at 9:30 am when you meet your guides in the lower parking lot by the barn at Nipika to sign waivers before shuttling to the river.

The average trip lasts 4-5 hours from departure to arrival.

Nipika provides the canoe, paddles, lifejackets, helmets, dry barrels, and dry bags.