Experience the Columbia Wetlands by Guided Kayak Tour then visit Scenic Viewpoints, Historic Sites and a Secret Waterfall.
Part 1: Columbia Wetlands Interpretive Kayak / Canoe Tour
Get close to nature and a first rate view from your canoe, kayak or a 10-person voyager canoe as you venture into the fertile Columbia Valley Wetlands.
This guided paddling 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. 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.
When you return from your kayak / canoe tour enjoy a fresh bagged lunch on the shore of the Columbia River.
(Operated by Columbia River Paddle)
Part 2: Wetlands & Waterfall Ecotour
After lunch you will travel beside the Columbia Wetlands in our 15-passenger van or 24-passenger bus. Your professional local guide / driver will take you to explore the following locations:
- Kootenae House National Historic Site of Canada – Kootenae House was a North West Company fur trading post built by explorer David Thompson in 1807. It was abandoned in 1812.
- Wilmer, BC – a small hamlet on Westside Road overlooking the ColumbiaWetlands. Wilmer was founded by Randolph Bruce as the original headquarters of the Paradise Mine.
- The Columbia Wetlands – enjoy scenic views as we travel along Westside Road. We will stop at a scenic lookout and take a short walk to get closer to the wetlands and observe the numerous species of birds in the area.
- The Horsethief River – see the Horsethief River and the hoodoos with spectacular views across the Columbia Valley to the Canadian Rockies.
- Secret Waterfall – even many locals do not know about this spectacular waterfall carving through a massive rock canyon only a short distance from Invermere. Come with us and we will guide you on a short walk to show you this hidden gem.
(Operated by Toby Creek Adventures)
Banff / Canmore Guests
This tour is available from Banff & Canmore. Hotel pickups occur between 7am and 8am – tour departs Banff at 8am and returns at 6pm
Sit back, relax and enjoy an interpretive sight-seeing tour through Banff and Kootenay National Parks to the Columbia Valley including:
- Storm Mountain (10,154′), Vermillion Pass and the Continental Divide
- The Vermillion & Kootenay Rivers and Kootenay National Park
- The Sinclair Canyon
- The town of Radium Hot Springs
- The Columbia Valley also known as “The Warm Side Of The Rockies”.
You will arrive in Invermere in plenty of time to join with the guided paddle portion of the tour. Lunch is included but you may wish to bring snacks and drinks for to enjoy as you watch the scenery unfold on your way through from Banff.