What IS the Kootenay Lifestyle? Part 5 – The ‘Things to do on the Water in the Summer’ Edition

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One of the biggest contributors to the Kootenay Lifestyle is the abundance of outdoor activities available right in our own backyards. When you live in a beautiful location like the East Kootenay, you want to get outside and enjoy it.  There’s actually so much to do to enjoy the outdoors in our region, that I’m going to need to split them between four posts. In this installment, we’ll take a look of just some of the fun and cool activities you can enjoy on water during an East Kootenay summer. Before you head out, though, watch this short video to learn about the Ktunaxa people’s connection to the waterways that exist on their land.

Canoeing/Kayaking/Stand-Up Paddleboarding/Boating

Cranbrook/Kimberley

Golden

Invermere

  • Known as Invermere on the Lake, you know there will be paddling opportunities in this picturesque town. Located in the northwest corner of Lake Windermere, you’ll find people enjoying boating, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, water skiing, tubing and more.  Columbia Lake‘s crystal clear waters also make it an ideal spot for swimming, windsurfing, paddling, and even motorized watercraft while James Chabot Provincial Park‘s large, open lake is popular for swimming, water skiing, boating, tubing, kayaking, and windsurfing. The Columbia Valley Wetlands are also provide a unique paddling location – be sure to bring your camera.
  • In the nearby community of Windermere, boating, water skiing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing, sailing, and more are summer staples at Windermere Beach.
  • Adventure Paddle School can help you learn to kayak/SUP or strengthen your kayaking and stand-up paddle board skills. Columbia River Paddle provides rentals, guided tours, and more.

Creston

Fernie

BONUS: Between Cranbrook and Invermere, you’ll find Premier Lake Provincial Park. This park contains five lakes: Premier, Canuck, Yankee, Cats Eye, and Quartz. Canoes and kayaks are welcome on both Premier and Quartz Lakes.

 

Hot Springs

Natural hot springs provide a unique and soothing place to relax. Our region has some great options:

 

White Water Rafting

Kimberley

  • Kootenay Raft Co. offers an intro to sport rafting on the St. Mary’s Express or the Wilderness Whitewater for those a little more adventurous.

Golden

Fernie

 

Fishing

Cranbrook/Kimberley

Golden

Invermere

  • Fishing opportunities abound in and around Invermere as well. Lake Windermere is one of the few lakes  in the region where Bass fishing is allowed. You can also find Northern Pike, Kokanee, Burbot, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Char, and Mountain Whitefish.
  • Kootenay Troutfitters offers full-day guided flyfishing tours, Revolutions Adventures offers a variety of trip options,  and the annual Bringing the Salmon Home festival looks to reintroduce salmon to the Columbia River.

Creston Valley

Fernie

 

BONUS: Premier Lake Provincial Park, located between Cranbrook and Invermere, is also a great place to fish, with each of the five lakes providing a uniquely different experience. Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, approximately 100 km from Cranbrook, is a fisherman’s paradise with an abundance of fish, especially trophy rainbow trout. In May or June you might even see spawning rainbow trout in the creeks of the Lake.

 

How is the Kootenay Lifestyle so relaxed when there’s so much to do? If paddling, white water rafting, fishing, or relaxing in some hot springs sounds appealing to you, there’s a good chance you’re understanding the Kootenay Lifestyle. So put on your bathing suit and let’s go.

And if you’re wondering about the waterfalls, technically you usually stand on land and look at those – so don’t worry, they’re coming.