Explore seemingly endless lakes & rivers.
Kootenay Lake offers a spectacular combination of the best that nature has to offer for anyone who enjoys the water. With its breathtaking views of Kokanee Glacier and the surrounding mountains, Kootenay Lake is a beautiful place to kayak, canoe and sail. Time spent exploring reveals uninhabited beaches and long stretches of unspoiled geography. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Exploring Kootenay Lake’s many treasures, including hidden coves and secluded beaches is an unforgettable experience. The winds that channel through the valley in the afternoon make ideal conditions for sailing. The Kootenay Lake Sailing Association (KLSA) sponsors cruises, rallies and races throughout the spring and summer. If you’re interested in a regatta, either as a racer or spectator–check out the KLSA’c annual Prestige Cup Regatta, sailed off the shores of Nelson every year on the weekend closest to Canada Day
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:
nelson visitor centre
For more information, tips, or trip ideas come talk to our friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre and Station Gallery.
91 Baker Street
Phone: (250) 352-3433
Toll Free: 1-877-663-5706
For even more info on things to do in the area visit the Nelson Kootenay Lake Toursim website.