Unique stand up paddleboard (SUP) and yoga experience in New Denver, BC.


Slocan Lake, BC in the West Kootenays offers quiet, crystal clear waters with breathtaking views of the Selkirk Mountains and Valhalla Wilderness Park.


Our groups are small which provides the best experience possible. We look forward to sharing this one of a kind nature inspiring getaways.

“I really enjoyed the beauty of Slocan Lake and the Valhallas while gaining new skills on a SUP. Jill guided us with energy, enthusiasm and expertise. She adapted the weekend to accommodate our level of expertise and comfort. I returned home feeling restored by this positive experience."       Wanda Dubois. Lethbridge, AB

"Jill is a GEM! The paddle instruction weekend was awesome and so incredibly helpful in fine-tuning my paddle stroke. It has made a huge difference in the efficiency, speed and manouerability in paddling my SUP. Jill is a super host with an easy, laid-back approach to teaching...and she makes time for a good giggle, a stretch on the board and a float in the sunshine. I would recommend a weekend paddle/yoga session with Big Dog Paddle for a girl's trip, with your partner or as a single. Oh...and Slocan Lake is AMAZING."        Jami Scheffer. Invermere. BC

A stunning location for the SUP Weekend Retreat. It was my first time on a SUP and by the end of the weekend we had adventures across Slocan Lake to Wee Sandy Beach and many other cool spots near by. Jill has the gift to balance the teachings of the technical skills of SUP with the need to have fun and explore the outdoors. The weekend was set up so well from the welcome wine and cheese to the accommodation... Thank you Jill for the remarkable weekend that will be forever precious for me!”        Chanel Burgener. Nelson, BC

2020 SUP_Yoga Retreat


Paddle-board (SUP) Camping Retreats

              July 2 - 4, 2021      FULL

            July 16 - 18, 2021    FULL

August 13 - 15, 2021

Location: New Denver, BC 


Camping: Centennial Campground (RESERVED sites) located along the scenic shores of Slocan Lake. 


Activities: Learn paddle-boarding techniques and maneuvers. Exploring and paddling the crystal clear

waters of Slocan Lake to secluded pebble beaches and waterfalls. You can expect to see eagles and osprey fishing. 


Level: Beginner/Intermediate (maximum 4 people)


Price: $295 based on 2 persons


- 2 nights camping along the shores of Slocan Lake

- 1 SUP lesson - strokes/skills (1 hour)

- 1 SUP trip to the Valhalla Wilderness Park (2.5 hours)

Not included: Camping gear and paddleboard/ equipment. Rental price for paddle-board/equipment is $75.00 per person for the duration of the retreat. 

Contact Jill below for more information or to make your booking.




- 1:00 PM  Check-in Centennial Campground

- 5:00 PM  Welcome 



- Morning SUP lesson - stokes/skills - 1 hour (time of lesson flexible) 

- Afternoon SUP trip to the Valhalla Wilderness Park -

2.5 hours (time of trip flexible)


- 11:00 AM Check-out Centennial Campground






May throughout September 2021


Location: New Denver, BC (46 km south of Nakusp, BC and100 km north of Nelson, BC). 

Hourly Lesson Prices: 2 persons - $30 each/hr - 3 persons - $25 each/hr - 4 persons - $20 each/hr

Length Day Trips: 3 hours


Price: 2 persons: $85.00 each - 3 persons: $75.00 each - 4 persons: $65.00 each

Please contact us below for further info and to make your booking!




'Being in nature

is pure bliss to me'

Jill Parry grew up in Calgary and spent the summers with her family windsurfing on Lake Windermere and canoeing the Columbia Wetlands. Jill follows her passion for water and the outdoors with her husband Rob, either paddle boarding the pristine waters of Slocan Lake or the spectacular channels of the Columbia River in her free time. When not on the water, she works as a supervisor for Parks Canada at the Radium Hot Springs Pools. For more than 20 years, Jill owned and instructed for ‘Kutenai Aquatics’ a water fitness swimming skills company at the Radium pools.


In 2012, Jill discovered her love for SUP and now inspires others to paddle. In the spring of 2015, she obtained her certification as an ‘Advanced SUP Paddle Canada instructor’. In the spring of 2018, Jill completed the Yoga Alliance RYS 200 hours instructor course in the Baja, Mexico. She begins each day with yoga, making time to listen to her body/spirit and clear her mind. Jill feels yoga keeps her mentally and physically strong on and off the water.


During the winter months, Jill enjoys cross-country skiing with her husband Rob and dreams of SUP!  


Awards & Certificates:

- B ED University of Calgary

- Advanced SUP Paddle Canada

- Yoga Alliance RYS Instructor                   

- AFLCA Aquatic and Resistance Trainer

- National Lifeguard Standard                           

- Lifesaving Society CPR 'C'/AED

- Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

- Standard First Aid      



Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Or alternatively fill in the form below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you!

PHONE NUMBER: 250-342-5979

EMAIL: bigdogpaddle@gmail.com

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