Kayaking with Salmon on the Columbia River

Monday, October 31st, 2011 — 11:05am PDT
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During my recent trip the Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, I had the chance to kayak on the Columbia River during the annual chinook salmon run in early October.

Kayaking on the Columbia River

Instead of taking a lot of photos above the water…I dipped my camera under the kayak to give you a unique view of the activity happening underwater during this time of the year:

I’m not sure how many salmon we saw that day but I was told there was hundreds of thousands in the stretch of river we paddled which was about five kilometers.

Kayaking on the Columbia River

This guided kayaking tour from the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is suitable for all ages and all experience levels. The guides were knowledgeable, able to answer questions, help you get unstuck and made for an enjoyable afternoon paddle down the river.

Disclosure: Review
John's experience was courtesy of Fairmont Hot Springs. He was not paid to write this recap and it is formed of his own opinions.

A Miss604.com guest post by John Biehler

Guest contributor John Biehler is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveler. He has filled in for Rebecca on several media travel trips and provides stunning video and photos from these adventures.


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  1. TylerIngram says:

    Nice change of perspective in regards to the video!
    That is a crazy amount of salmon eh?

    Must of been an nice paddle experience too.

  2. John Biehler says:

    It was a great paddle that lasted a couple of hours…although I have some great shaky cam footage of me struggling to keep the kayak going straight while holding the camera rig. Paddling with 1 hand can be tricky!

  3. Looked like a great day out with all those salmon! Thanks for posting this John.

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