Adventure and travel writing

Kayaking British Columbia


Columbia Lake

Location:  Columbia Lake is on the East side of Hwy 95. just South of Fairmount Hot Springs

Launch: We launched from the South end of Columbia Lake at Tilley Memorial Park on the East side of the lake North of Canal Flats.  

Parking:  $3.00/person for parking and park access.  

Facilities:  Public toilets with running water.

Drinking water / Food:  No food but there is a water fountain at the bathrooms.

Notes: Beautiful spot and well worth the few dollars to get into the park.  IT was very quiet when we were there in May but I imagine this may be a busy spot in peak times.  The launch is off of a nice fine stone beach. 


Windermere Lake

Location:  In Invermere just off Hwy 95.

Launch: James Cabot Provincial Park.  Turn left at the first set of lights after cross over the river.  Launch form a nice public sand beach.

Parking:  Lots of free parking in the James Cabot Provincial Park parking lot.

Facilities:  Public bathrooms with running water.

Drinking water / Food:  Water fountain located at the bathrooms and food located close by.

Notes: Beautiful public sand beach that may get busy in high season.  As per its name, the lake can get windy at times but beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and lakeside homes.