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 true wild, free flowing West Kootenay backcountry river. It is one of the largest remaining undammed rivers in the Columbia Basin.

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

We offer a full 32 km wilderness adventure with 4.5 hours of river time that descends through cedar / hemlock rainforest as glacial creeks rush 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!

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 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 for 2015, 2016 and 2017 as voted by TripAdvisor 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 and adding a quality 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.

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 Gerrard trout spawn, the world's largest subspecies of rainbow trout.

Thousands of spawning kokanee salmon make the journey to this wild river every fall.

Mountain caribou, golden and bald eagles all make this spectacular mountain valley their home.