It was a warm spring day in 1811 when David Thompson rounded the corner in his forged cedar plank canoe only to have his breath stolen by the staggering peaks of the Monashees. Fast forward over 200 years and little has changed to the landscape; lush temperate rainforests still give way to the extensive rocky shorelines Thompson once paddled along.
In the ’80s the Revelstoke Dam was built creating Lake Revelstoke.The 125-kilometre stretch of flat water extending north of Revelstoke from the Revelstoke Dam to Mica Dam. This vast extension of the lake is every paddler’s dream with its calm waters and stunning landscapes making it the idyllic setting to host the David Thompson Paddlesport Classic — a three day race held August 18–20. The race features an array of classes for all paddle sport enthusiasts, Kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board on a route that follows the path of the Sinixt people through amazing snow-capped mountain scenery.
Another option for exploring Lake Revelstoke is a guided tour with one of the local adventure guide tours:
Natural Escapes Kayaking: Adventures await along Revelstoke’s most majestic waterways in these unique and stunning hand crafted kayaks. Your hosts Terry and Wenche Beitel will provide lessons and guide you on your kayak escape with stunning views of the Monashees.
Stoke Paddleboard Adventures: Explore Revelstoke on a stand up paddleboard with a Paddle Canada certified instructor. All SUP tours include a board rental, a paddle, and a PFD and can be booked for whole days or enjoy the dreamy golden hour and a majestic sunset paddle.
Flexpeditions: Canoe Tours: Let their guides teach you the basics of canoeing and take you to places the average tourist will not find on their own. We provide all the gear and the shuttle, so exploring the Revelstoke area by canoe is as simple as the views are stunning.
Remote Waters: Specialized in guided sport fishing charters on the remote waters of the Kinbasket Lake, Columbia River and Lake Revelstoke, but they also offer boat sightseeing tours.
If choose your own adventure is more your style then rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board and head out to one of the following put in locations for awesome adventure at your own pace:
- Head down Highway 23 North and put in at the boat launch located a kilometre past the dam to experience rugged shorelines and formidable bluffs. This paddle also features a secluded inlet with a glacier fed waterfall.
- Put in at Carnes Creek for a water way surrounded by green forests and amazing glacial views of the Bourne Glacier. Gentle waterfalls trickle into this valley and there is a current for added exercise and excitement.
- Locally dubbed Mexico Beach is the premier place to launch your kayak, canoe or SUP from Westside Road. People flock to this beach area to catch up with friends and catch rays, so be prepared to put your social hat on if you choose this location to dip in or lounge and relax to unwind after your exercise.
Lake Revelstoke has the perfect paddle for everyone, whether you’re looking for days of water based adventure or simply to head for out a quick scenic tour the diversity of terrain will keep you coming back time and time again for future explorations.
Photos & Words: Eliisa Tennant