Tourism Valemount

Paddling, Canoeing & Swimming

Blue skies and snow-capped peaks create a backdrop for your summer boating & water adventureS! Stretch out and find your piece of paradise in Valemount.

Float, Boat or Paddle

You’ve just found your happy place! Paddle through winding channels in a wildlife sanctuary, or sun yourself on warm rocks before jumping into calm pools in a cool river. It’s time for some summer water fun! Explore our waters in a kayak or canoe, on a stand up paddle board or a motorized boat. We have an abundance of lakes, creeks and rivers to explore. Make sure to pack a swimsuit, as our long summer days heat up and you be tempted to take a cool dip.

Woman on stand up paddleboard on calm lake
Stand Up Paddleboard

Row (or paddle) Your Boat for Water Fun!

Spend the day winding through the channels in your canoe or kayak and paddle deeper and deeper into the heart of Cranberry Marsh. It’s an important stop for waterfowl on their migration routes. Launch at sunrise or at dusk in the spring or in the fall and you’ll be sure to see some of the more than 140 species of birds that call the marsh home. We ask that you do not paddle in the area during nesting season.

Keep an eye out for 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

For some motorized water fun, launch your boat 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. Ensure you paddle close to shore should you need to get off the water in a hurry.

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. We strongly advise keeping to the shoreline in canoes and kayaks.

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. Always check river conditions before heading out.

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. Have some water fun and lay back on your floatie while you 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.

Top Ways to Boat, Float and Paddle and Swim in Valemount

  1. Wind through the channels of Cranberry Marsh, taking photos of the waterfowl that call this area home in summer. Respect wildlife and do not paddle here during nesting season
  2. Float on an air mattress on Cranberry Lake in Cedarside Regional Park and drink in those breathtaking mountain views
  3. Take your kayak to the Fraser River, launch at Tete Jaune and experience some fantastic white-water
  4. Rent a pontoon boat from Terracana Ranch Resort and spend the day discovering the Fraser River
  5. Launch your boat at Kinbasket and throw in a fishing line or two
  6. Head to Mount Robson Provincial Park and choose to launch in Yellowhead or Moose Lake
  7. Grab the canoe or kayak and spend six hours paddling the McLennan River
  8. Hike into Little Lost Lake, go fishing and take a swim before making your way back
  9. Make a sandcastle at Cedarside Regional Park

Need To Know

  • A PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Card) is needed to operate a motor boat in British Columbia. You can get yours online through Boater Exam.
  • Be prepared for strong winds and sudden weather changes
  • Bring your own boat — while it’s possible to rent pontoon boats from Terracana Ranch Resort, there are no other boat rental agencies in Valemount
  • Kinbasket Lake can get quite rough so expect large waves
  • Life jackets are mandatory when boating on area waters
  • Fishing licences are required and can be purchased at the Valemount Visitor Centre and Service BC
  • Always pack a first-aid kit
  • Give wildlife space and never feed the wildlife.
  • Pack it in and pack it out — if you’re bringing lunch, make sure to take your empty food and drink containers with you

When to Go

  • Our boating and swimming season gets underway in the heart of the Rocky Mountain Summer.
  • Go swimming between July and September
  • Get out on your boat as soon as the ice melts in May
  • Excellent boating begins on Kinbasket Lake in mid-June
Speedboats on deep green lake with mountain scenery
Boating and swimming
Woman doing yoga pose on a stand up paddle board on calm lake
Board Yoga
Yellow canoe pulled up on shore of calm lake with yellow flowers nearby. Enjoy some summer water fun!
Peaceful Lakes
Expert kayaker on white water, paddling fast in red kayak
Expert Kayaking
Woman calmly steering yellow canoe on lake
Timeless Experience