Kayaking for Callaways
My name is Dave and as the newest member of the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Marketing Team I have been tasked with participating in everything FHSR has to offer and sharing my experiences with you through this blog. With heaps of amenities and activities, this task may seem daunting; but I assure you after many years of relaxing, having fun and ducking out of the office to golf, I am the ideal candidate for this responsibility.
First up, I joined our BC Rockies Adventures team on the ‘Mighty’ Columbia River for a kayak river float tour. Located at our Base Camp (next to the main lodge), the BC Rockies Adventures team provides morning and afternoon kayaking trips down the Columbia River, as well as Saturday afternoon wetlands tours. I opted for the afternoon trip conveniently starting at 2:00pm on a 28°C August afternoon. With its headwaters at the Columbia Lake, the Columbia River is the longest river in the Pacific Northwest and begins its journey to the Oregon coast by slithering down through FHSR’s Spruce Grove Campground and Riverside Golf Course. I saw this as an excellent opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery and potentially find my two lost Callaway golf balls on Hole 14 from last week.
The Guides at BC Rockies Adventures are essentially adventure experts who love to have fun; for my trip the guides were Eric and Chevonne. These two basically take care of everything: picking you up at the front door of the lodge, unloading and loading your kayaks, providing a quick lesson, leading the way, teaching you about your surroundings, pointing out wildlife (Deer, Eagles, Ospreys, golfers, etc), soaking you when you try to splash them, helping you find your lost Callaways, and anything else you need. The tour is relaxing and very enjoyable, meandering from the Campground, through the Golf Course and beyond until reaching your pick up point nearly two hours later. Being near the headwaters of a 2,000 km river, the current is not as wild as the ‘mighty’ nickname suggests, but provides an excellent opportunity for inexperienced paddlers to develop their skills while advanced paddlers can simply cruise along and enjoy the exotic surrounding Purcell and Rocky Mountains.
As we cruised past the golf course I mentioned to Chevonne that this trip must be the highlight of many guests entire vacation and she agreed by stating “We never have anyone leave here unhappy”. When the tour concluded, every guest on our tour excitedly chatted about what great a time they had. I had to truly agree with Chevonne, although the search for my long lost Callaways came up unsuccessful, I had a fantastic time on the water and would highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for a laid-back adventure with amazing scenery.
For more information on everything offered by BC Rockies Adventures visit http://www.fairmonthotsprings.com/bc-rockies-adventures/ or call250.345.6049