Lardeau River Adventures

The Kootenay Rockies Premier Rafting Adventure!

Lardeau River Adventures offers an unparalleled wilderness whitewater rafting experience in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia. Only 90 minutes north of Nelson and 35 minutes from Kaslo, the crystal waters of the Lardeau wind through breathtaking scenery that is home to an abundance of Rocky Mountain wildlife. This wild, free-flowing Kootenay river offers a mix of exciting class 2+ rapids, plunging waterfalls and mountain vistas making our 4-6 hour guided trips perfect for both the first-time and experienced rafter.

Join us and discover why we are the Kootenay Rockies Premier Adventure!


Commonly asked questions and answers for enjoying your Kootenay Rockies river rafting adventure!

What do I need to bring?

Secure footwear (old running shoes, sandals with a heel-strap or water shoes. No flip flops or bare feet). Swimsuit or t-shirt and shorts, sunblock, eyeglass retainer and any medication you may require (including allergy medications). In cooler weather, a thermal top and rainwear (thermal top could be wool or synthetic such as polypropylene, polartec etc. Not cotton which has a negative thermal value when wet). A towel and a change of clothes are recommended for after.

For trips scheduled in September (Red Fish Special), we recommend bringing rain jacket and pants for the cooler weather.

When do I need to get there?

Please arrive at our office at 359 Meadow Creek Road, Meadow Creek at 9:30 am. Trips depart at 10:00 am sharp. Please note: our office does not open until 9:00 am.  

Do I need to be able to swim?

No, but please advise your guide before the trip commences. Every trip receives a comprehensive safety briefing.

What if it’s raining?

You're going to get wet anyway! Rafting is unaffected by rain and a great rainy day activity. We raft rain or shine!

What do we provide?

Experienced and qualified staff, the very latest in whitewater equipment including: helmet and lifejacket, shuttle from our office and a fresh gourmet riverside lunch.

What if I have a food allergy or special dietary requirement?

No problem! Please be sure to advise us of any special considerations when you book.

How fit do I need to be?

These trips are easy to moderately strenuous and contribute to a great sense of accomplishment! You don't need any prior experience but a certain degree of physical capability is necessary. Please call us if you have any concerns.

What are my chances of falling in?

Very low, but it remains a possibility. Our comprehensive safety briefing will cover this unlikely scenario.

How exciting and/or scary are Class 2+ rapids?

They are very exciting! On the international whitewater scale that ranges from 1 to 6 (Niagara Falls is a Class 6), Class 2+ rapids are described as “easy to moderate in difficulty”. Higher ratings are not a measure of ‘fun factor’, but of difficulty and risk. Running Class 2+ rapids requires a skilled guide and teamwork, resulting in a sense of accomplishment and adding immeasurably to the satisfaction of descending a wilderness river!

How much experience does my river guide have?

Oly guides on every trip and has 27 years of experience. He was first assessed and registered as a river boatman in New Zealand in 1991. In 1999 he obtained a BC Trip Leader License (the highest level in the province) and has worked as a guide trainer in BC. He holds a New Zealand Senior Guide License Class 4/5 (the highest level in NZ). Working back to back summers in the Northern and Southern hemispheres over many years has allowed Oly to effectively double his experience!