Columbia Valley Paddle Sports

Although there are no rental outlets in the Columbia Valley, paddle sports such as canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are popular on the many lakes and rivers, including Windermere Lake, Columbia Lake, the Columbia River,  Premier Lake, and Wasa Lake.

While golfing is the big draw at Radium, the village is also a base for Kootenay River Runners (4983 Hwy. 93, 250/347-9210 or 800/599-4399), who offer white-water rafting trips for $90 for a half-day trip, and $138 for a full day. Transportation and wet suits are provided, and the full-day day trip includes lunch. This company also offers a more relaxing evening float through the Columbia River Wetland in large and stable voyageur canoes, which depart at 5:30 p.m. daily in summer; the cost is adult $49, child $35.