Kootenay Lake is surrounded by glacial peaks…
Kootenay Lake is surrounded by glacial peaks and offers a myriad of secluded beaches, impressive side hikes and first class scenery. From the seat of your sea kayak, Kootenay Lake presents you with glacial fed creeks, lush forests, abundant wildlife, rugged shorelines, and few people. Whoever said paradise had to be tropical has never visited the Kootenays.
A Three Hour Tour…
If you’re on a short visit to the West Kootenay or in need of a wild weekend excursion, Kootenay Kayak Company’s half day tours are ideal. A three hour paddle-about starts in beautiful Balfour and meanders down Kootenay Lake’s idyllic West Arm. You’ll be amazed how much you can see in such a short while – wildlife, desolate evergreen shores, the majestic M.V Osprey and M.V. Balfour ferries, pebble beaches and the gorgeous lakeside homes and boat houses of Proctor and Queen’s Bay. Instruction is provided too.
$79 per person (Alpine Inn & Suites guests receive a 10% discount)
Spend a day in awe. Departing from Balfour, the day tour passes by the West Arm bird sanctuary then out into the vast blue of the main lake. Osprey and eagles soar overhead, blue heron and loon bob along side and deer, raccoon and black bears abound on the shore. Along either side of the lake, the Selkirk and Purcell ranges ascend into snowy peaks, as far as your eyes can see.
The day includes an exploratory hike at Irvine Creek and a savory lunch featuring some of the region’s most famous foods. A great way for novice and expert paddlers to get a feel for Kootenay Lake’s endless adventure. 9 am – 3:30 pm.
$119 per person (Alpine Inn & Suites guests receive a 10% discount)
An evening performance worth a thousand words. Watching a sunset from the lake is an out-of-this-world experience. Starting shortly after the dinner hour, we’ll give you a quick lesson, then head out onto the still waters of the West Arm. On a clear, warm summer’s night, dusk over the Selkirks is unlike anything you’ve seen or felt before. Paddling back at twilight is almost as cool. An unparalleled holiday experience for kayakers of all abilities — beginner to expert. 7-9pm
$55 per person (Alpine Inn & Suites guests receive a 10% discount)