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!

Why Raft With Us?

With so many choices out there for the adventurous spirit, what makes our Kootenay whitewater trips a BC rafting experience never to forget?

Descending the Lardeau with the Purcell Mountains in the background.

Descending the Lardeau with the Purcell Mountains in the background.

The River

The Lardeau is a wild, free- flowing West Kootenay river. It is one of the largest remaining undammed rivers in the Columbia Basin.

Your intimate experience with this BC whitewater gem is assured with a maximum of two rafts on the river that day.

The Lardeau offers one of the longest whitewater rafting seasons available in the province. We offer quality adventures from May 1st until September 30th, allowing you to fully appreciate what each season brings to this mountain river. This enables visitors to experience back country BC up close and personal during the shoulder season when many adventure providers are closed.

We offer a full 32 km wilderness adventure with 4.5 hours of river time that descends through cedar / hemlock rainforest with glacial creeks rushing in to propel you through turquoise waters.

Complimenting the visual splendour of the Selkirk Mountains towering overhead is great whitewater with dozens of exciting class 2 and 2+ rapids.

Draining Trout Lake at it's source, the Lardeau drops its sediment leaving a crystal clear body of water that by mid July regularly reaches 22 degrees Celsius!

Experiencing your own genuine wilderness whitewater rafting adventure starts with an easy scenic drive north along the shores of Kootenay Lake. Only 90 minutes from Nelson or 35 minutes from Kaslo, you will be met with complimentary freshly brewed coffee or tea and a home baked snack upon arrival at the rafting centre!

A comprehensive safety briefing is delivered before every trip.

A comprehensive safety briefing is delivered before every trip.

The Staff

Our staff have the highest levels of guiding certification available in BC and bring a wealth of international experience to your adventures. All are 'seasoned veterans' with a minimum of 10 years commercial guiding experience.

Our professional and dedicated guide and photographic team receive consistantly great reviews. Lardeau River Adventures has earned Certificates of Excellence every year since 2015, securing the coveted ‘Hall of Fame’ designation from TripAdvisor. We have received Gold in the Kootenay Business Magazine ‘Best of Business’ awards in both 2018 and 2014, are listed as one of the top 24 Eco-Tours in Canada by Flight Network for 2017 and won the 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Award - Americas.

Our staff hold qualifications in natural and biological sciences and are fully trained bear guides for your safety, adding significant interpretive value to your adventure.

The food is of the very highest quality, largely organic and carefully prepared ensuring a healthy, filling riverside lunch that can be tailored to suit those who have allergies or special dietary considerations.

A Lardeau River Grizzly with a Kokanee Salmon underfoot.

A Lardeau River Grizzly with a Kokanee Salmon underfoot.

The Wildlife

The Lardeau remains a valley of great ecological significance. Situated in Canada's unique interior rainforest and home to one of the largest populations of non-coastal grizzly bears in the province.

It is the only river in the world in which the world's largest subspecies of rainbow trout, the Gerrard, spawn in spring.

In fall, thousands of kokanee salmon make the journey from Kootenay Lake to spawn in the fine gravel beds of this wild river.

Throughout the year, this spectacular valley is crucial habitat for species such as wolverine, mountain caribou, golden and bald eagles, cougar and wolves.


Our genuine backcountry wilderness rafting-style day trips, including a delicious home-made lunch and guided by highly qualified and committed staff provide unsurpassed value.

Join us at Lardeau River Adventures for an unparalleled BC rafting experience!