Canoeing and Kayaking in the Okanagan Similkameen, British Columbia

Canoeing and Kayaking in the Okanagan Similkameen, British Columbia

Canoeing and Kayaking in the Okanagan Similkameen

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This region of British Columbia offers the canoer and kayaker a chance to enjoy warm, pleasant climate, the joy of seeing orchards in bloom or in fruit. The smell of sage. The ponderosa pine dotting the hillsides, the mountains hiding cool blue coloured lakes and streams. This area is bustling with history. Watch for the grape orchards and wineries that overlook the valley. Spectacular scenery is everywhere.


Paddling the Similkameen River means you can have a choice of paddling. There's the canyon section which is recommended to advanced kayakers, at low levels only guided intermediates should run this, no open canoes as the river runs from grade or class 2 to a 4+. This part of the river offers history, technical drops, plenty of wildlife, and can take anywhere from six to nine hours. If you want warm water and sunshine, the Similkameen from Bromley Rock to Stemwinder park is a great run for all kayakers, intermediate open canoers and rafters, it's graded or classed as a 2 to 3, this is a short run that will take you approximately two hours.

Mission Creek, out of Kelowna offers the paddler great fun, with rock and boulder gardens, caves, and a canyon. This run is good for intermediate kayakers and rafters, no open canoes during high waters. When the creek is at low levels guided novice kayakers and rafters as well as intermediate open canoers can do this paddle, taking up about two to four hours of your time. Another paddling excursion to take in this region is the Tulameen River, which can take approximately six hours of paddling, and is from a grade or class two to a four. Whether you plan a canoeing or kayaking trip on a river or a lake it's a good idea to always plan your trip.

Before you take to the waters in this region, check out the conditions of the runs with local dealers and the local clubs. Be safe, have fun!

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Postill Lake Lodge Fishing Resort: Bring the family for a vacation any time of year. There’s fabulous fly-fishing on a choice of 7 lakes, plus activities including swimming, boating, hiking, and more. In winter slide on that beautiful white stuff with x-country skiing and snowmobiling. more


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    Canoeing and Kayaking in the Okanagan Similkameen, British Columbia