Due to these challenging times, our rafting operators are closed for the 2020 summer season. You can still get out on the water by renting a kayak or paddleboard on Kootenay Lake, or try a different adventure activity like caving and ziplining!

Fast or Slow, You’ll Love Rafting Down Our Rivers

The Nelson and Kootenay Lake area offers prime white water rafting conditions on the Slocan, Salmo and Lardeau rivers. Whether you want full adrenaline heart pumping excitement or a quiet day out on the river, our local rafting opportunities will take you there.


Nelson Whitewater Rafting is rated the number one thing to do in Nelson by Tripadvisor, giving you an idea of how popular and full-on exciting this activity is.

No experience is necessary, so anyone can pull on a life jacket and give it a go. Adrenaline junkies and action seekers are equally catered to, with high intensity tours sure to get the heart racing. Tours operate from May to September, but book before you arrive to ensure you get a spot.

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