Paddling Information Centre

All are welcome to stop in at the Columbia Wetlands Outpost Paddling Information Centre to learn more about the history, geology and wildlife. We are happy to share with you the many ways to explore this beautiful part of the world.

The Columbia Wetlands Outpost at Parson British Columbia, lies on the Upper Columbia River. Fed by the glaciers and snow melt, the Columbia River flows through the Rocky Mountain trench. At the Paddling Information Centre, you can learn about the river’s spectacular 2000 km journey past the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges, dating back over 1.5 billion years


The Columbia Wetlands have been designated a Ramsar Wetland of international importance and stature. Home to over 350 species and a key stage of the Pacific Flyway bird migratory route, the centre has a wealth of information to explain why the wetlands are so important, which species call the wetlands home and which visit while migrating.

Also at the centre, lies the World’s Largest Paddle (certified by the Guinness Book of World Records). It was inspired by the endeavours of the early explorers, known as voyageurs. Built in 2013, the paddle was created from a single Western Red Cedar log and is over 60 foot long. You are welcome to learn about it while enjoying a picnic surrounded by breath-taking views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Columbia River Valley. 


Following the traditional routes of the First Nations people, the voyageurs navigated the mighty Columbia River from the early 1800’s. Details of all navigable sections of the Columbia River are available on-site which can help you decide which adventure is right for you. Full navigational detail of the Upper Columbia River can also be found on the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners website

The Columbia Wetlands Outpost offers so many paddling, touring and walking adventures. Please remember to relax and soak in the beauty of it all!