World's Largest Paddle

Certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title as the 'Largest Hand Paddle / Oar' and based on an actual paddle, this proportionally correct monolith is scaled up 13 times to over 60 feet - perfect for a 78-foot giant! Looking for things to do? Enjoy a picnic at the paddle and take in the view across the Columbia River Valley, or just stop in for a photo opportunity on your way to the riverfront.

The World’s Largest Paddle is located in the Columbia River Valley, nestled between the scenic Purcell and Rocky Mountains. An easy day trip from Banff, Lake Louise, Radium Hot Springs, and surrounding National Parks.

Quick Facts

  • The paddle shaft is made from one Western Red Cedar log.
  • At 5300 pounds, you’d need some serious paddling muscles to hoist this giant paddle.
  • Construction took 200 hours in total. That’s a lot of elbow grease!
  • In February 2014, the Guinness Book of World Records paperwork was completed to formally recognize the paddle’s world record status. Come see the World’s Largest Paddle with your own eyes!

Complete the experience with a visit to Columbia Wetlands Adventures, a popular visitor attraction.

Take a short hike down to the riverfront via the nature walk and suspension bridge. Enjoy a scenic picnic on the Columbia Wetlands Adventures dock, or rent a canoe, kayak or SUP (stand up paddleboard) to explore the river and surrounding wetlands on your own with our highlights map. Smallest travelers enjoy splashing around in pedal boats in the protected waters of Loon Lagoon.

Want a captain to come with the craft? You can take advantage of a family-friendly Columbia Wetlands Adventures guided float tour, which accesses the valley’s quiet beauty in a comfortable cataraft. Learn about and view some of the 350 bird and mammal species to be found in the area with one of our knowledgeable guides.

For those who prefer to keep their feet dry, a dock is furnished with comfortable lounge furniture complete with ottomans. Relax, put your feet up, and soak in the views while your friends and family enjoy boat rental options.

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Latitude: 51.125632 Longitude: -116.734002 Elevation: 2638 ft
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Accessibility Notes

From Golden BC: Located 26 km south of Golden BC on Hwy 95. Drive towards Radium Hot Springs, on the left hand side; watch for the signs, banners, and of course the World’s Largest Paddle.

From Radium Hot Springs: Located 76 km north on Hwy 95 towards Golden, on the right hand side; watch for the signs and banners.

Driving Times

Banff: 1 hour 40 minutes
Lake Louise: 1 hour 15 minutes
Field: 1 hour
Revelstoke: 2 hours
Radium Hot Springs: 45 minutes
Golden: 15-20 minutes

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