Our Columbia Explorer is a much longer trip that will take you over 30 kilometers down river from Golden. This section of the river takes us through the wildlife rich, forest of the Columbia Valley. Although still suitable for absolute beginners, with the Kicking Horse River and the Blaeberry River flowing into the Columbia just north of town, the water flows slightly faster and requires more active paddling than our Wetlands Explorer, adding even more excitement to your canoeing adventure. This stunning journey will leave you grinning from ear to ear every time you look back at your photos!
The trip begins at our meeting point by the river where we will fit everyone with PFDs (life jackets) and paddles. Before we set off, our guides will give you a full rundown on how to get in and out of your canoe safely, and how to paddle and steer. Then we're off! As you wind down the valley, your guide will also teach you all the various skill needed to paddle a river, such as the 'J stroke' and how to 'eddy out'. By the time we reach our take out in Donald, you will be able to call yourself a canoeist!
Kids (under 15) $90
Approximately 5-7 hours
**Please bring your own food, snacks and a water bottle for the day, your guide will have extra drinking water for everyone**
*Due to the length of this trip, children below 10 must be accompanied by 2 adults as they probably will not be able to paddle for the full trip, making it very hard work for the single adult with them. In the event of a headwind it would be very tough for a single person to paddle and steer. There are no pull out options to end the trip early! Please contact us if you have any questions
*Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign waivers.
*The duration of the float is only approximate, occasionally strong winds on the river can add a bit of extra time. Also high water levels may make the trip quicker due to faster currents.
*Golden is on Mountain Time which is the same as Calgary. If you are coming from western BC, please be aware that there is a 1 hour time difference. Unfortunately there are no refunds for missed trips. We are unable to delay trips if you are late