With blue skies and snow-capped peaks looking down upon your summer boating adventure, go far, stretch out and find your piece of paradise in Valemount.
Float, boat or paddle
Paddle through winding channels in a wildlife sanctuary, or sun yourself on warm rocks before jumping into calm pools in a cool river — welcome to your happy place! Some of us are land-dwellers and with the mountains and trails surrounding Valemount, BC, that’s just fine. Whether you’re more at home in a canoe or a kayak, like to stand up on your paddle board, or your favourite ride runs on fuel, there are no shortage of lakes, creeks and rivers to explore. And make sure to pack a swimsuit, because our long summer days heat up and you might be compelled to take a dip.
Row (or paddle) your boat
Spend the day winding through the channels in your canoe or kayak and paddle deeper and deeper into the heart of the Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary, which is an important stop for waterfowl on their migration routes. Cranberry Marsh sounds delicious doesn’t it? For naturalists and explorers, launch at sunrise or at dusk in the spring or in the fall. You’ll see some of the more than 140 species of birds that call the marsh home, including hawks, eagles, geese, ducks, swifts, woodpeckers, sandpipers, owls, finches, vireos, flycatchers, chickadees, bluebirds and warblers.
Another fantastic family boating outing can be found at Cedarside Regional Park, where you can take turns playing on the sandy beach and paddling around Cranberry Lake. Do some stretches before you set out on the McLennan River, as you’ll be here for awhile. If you’re an experienced canoeist and kayaker launch near Crooked Creek Road and paddle along until you reach Old Tete Jaune Road. It’s a scenic trip, so remember to bring a camera.
What do kayakers dream of when they close their eyes at night? The river, and in this case the Fraser. There are easy, flat-water sections, but for the experienced white-water paddler, hang on and test your endurance on some of the region’s famous rapids.
Make a wake
Find the boat launch at Moose Lake in Mount Robson Provincial Park and set out to investigate your surroundings. A canoe is ideal on the Moose Marsh, as you can explore several channels and may even spot some wildlife. Motors are permitted on Moose and Yellowhead lakes; canoes may be used on both lakes but proceed with caution as the winds can pick up making. Kinbasket Lake really does have it all — start at the Valemount Marina boat launch and survey the turquoise green waters from your motor boat or your canoe. You’ll never run out of room, as the lake extends from Valemount to Golden, BC, but be careful because when the winds pick up the lake can become treacherous. Launch your boat in the Fraser River at Tete Jaune Cache and cover plenty of ground. Explore some of the other streams along the Beaver, Morkill and Raush rivers, but before you go check in at the Visitor Centre for up to date river conditions.
Make a splash
There is no better way to spend a hot summer day than bobbing along in clear, cool mountain water, floating on an air mattress or just going for a swim. Lay back on your floatie and absorb the sun and the stunning mountain views. Bring the kids for a day trip to Cedarside Regional Park with its sandy beaches and tidy picnic area, or pack up and camp out at Kinbasket Lake and take a dip. If you heat up while hiking Mount Robson Provincial Park stop at Lucerne Beach on Yellowhead Lake and take a plunge in the icy cool glacial waters.