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Looking for the best places to Whitewater Kayak in and around Castlegar? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Whitewater Kayak in and around Castlegar.

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I think it was John Grace who once said "It's all just training for British Columbia". He was referring to the super challenging creeking and multi day wilderness whitewater trips that are located all over this mountainous province. There is a lifetime worth of easy and intermediate paddling too. Whether it is multi day ocean trips, winter whitewater paddling on Vancouver Island, surfing tidal rapids, creeking in the interior, remote trips up north BC offers it all and then some.

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Brilliant Wave
Kootenay River Playspots - Brilliant wave can range from a trashy deep hole to a very large green bouncy wave and everything in between. Lower summer levels make for a great learning wave or Stand Up Paddle wave. At spring and early summer levels an opportunity to surf up to four features at a time is possible. The first wave is Solstice, an angled tubing wave that must be ridden on a left edge. Lucky 13 is a trashy hole at most levels except for flood levels where the wave is large and green with a very big foam pile. Behind Lucky 13, Brilliant wave followed by Organ Grinder a pulsing wave that can dish out smiles or beatdowns given the surge.

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Canoe Kayak Freestyle Committee National Programs

Canoe Kayak Canada Freestyle is responsible for the growth and development of Freestyle Canoe/Kayak in Canada. We work with provincial, territorial and local organizations to hold programs that support athlete development. We also host National Team trials and support athletes at the international level.