One of my favourite ways to spend time
I've done most of my paddling in the Cariboo region, which includes the
Quesnel, Cariboo, and Cottonwood rivers, as well as
farther afield, the Chilko of White Mile notoriety. Other rivers in B.C.
that I've run are the Clearwater, the Bridge, the Chilliwack, the Upper Fraser, the Thompson, the
Nahatlatch, and others.
Paddling on Vancouver Island includes surfing at Long Beach or
Jordan River, and the Cowichan, Chemainus, Nanaimo, Gordon, and Koksilah
rivers. So far my only island pictures are of Englishman river falls.
We made one short but very fun trip to Mexico with Agua Azul. My friend
Kelly was on a later trip and ran all the same rivers I did, and he got
some great pictures and actually did all the work of scanning them. See Mexico pictures
- Cariboo area: Mark Savard at his
shop Red Shred's
Bike and Board Shed (Red Shreds). Their number is (250) 398-SURF
and they're at 95 South First Avenue in Williams Lake. Mark can let you
know what the water levels are on the local rivers and how to get
- For paddling maps, go to Cariboo Chilcotin
Adventure Guide Maps. They have a map and a
of the Chilko. The only correction I'd like to make is that the real
Lava Canyon, which is a short easy section with vertical basalt walls
(which is marked wrong on the 1:250 000 scale Forest Service maps as
well) is actually after Eagle's Claw. For water levels in B.C. on the
web, see Environment
Canada River Data.
For rafting in the area I recommend Big Canyon Rafting run by Mike Green,
who I used to paddle with. He's rafted on the Upper and Lower Cariboo
runs, the Devil's Eyebrow and Canyon runs on the Quesnel river, the
Chilko, and probably the Taseko and Chilcotin rivers as well. His
overnight trip on the Cariboo and Quesnel sounds like a great deal. Those
are two excellent runs and Quesnel Forks is a great place to camp.
- Smithers area: go meet Sue at Aquabatics, or just check out the
web site for new and used gear.
- Northern B.C. and Cariboo: the Northwest Paddle
Brigade Club in Prince George have a nice website with photos and info.
- Vancouver Island: which is where
I am, you could e-mail me. The island has mainly winter paddling because
we don't get the snowfields to fuel spring and summer paddling and it
rains mostly in the winter. Yes, in the winter, it rains all the time.
The rivers are mostly small volume and technical.
- The authority on
Northern Vancouver Island paddling seems to be Jeffrey Holden, who has
informative pages (I like a person who puts in lots of detail) for
the rivers up there.
- Cochrane Kayak
- For general knowledge and terminology, check out the rec.boats.paddling
- This table
is a handy comparison chart for boat statistics.
||A nice web site is Paddleguides, which has info on
rivers worldwide and includes some of the classic B.C. runs.
Other people's photos
Photos by Hyak Rafting from their Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser
B.C. paddling page