Tip: Kayaking, rafting and canoeing can be done on the West Arm, the main lake, the Columbia, Slocan and Kootenay Rivers, or on some of the smaller lakes in the backcountry. There are calm, leisurely tours and thrilling rapids. Whichever appeals to you, you’ll be glad you made the trip. The Nelson Kayak & Canoe Clubsponsors races, and safe paddle sports in Nelson Distrct.
Tip: Other water activities include houseboating, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water-skiing and diving. In fact, Kootenay Lake has very clean and clear water as well as one of the largest concentrations of freshwater wrecks in western North America, these unique and well-preserved wrecks are well worth exploring.
Tip: Nelson’s knowledgeable outfitters and guides can help to get you out enjoying the water. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned pro in your water sport, you will find the facilities and support to get you in, on or under the water. Drop in to the Chamber of Commerce to get pointed in the right direction.
To obtain a mandatory Pleasure Craft Operator boat license, and for more information about boating regulations and safety precautions, please visit: