Canoeing

Legendary Wilderness Adventures in British Columbia and Yukon

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Guided wilderness adventures. Canoe, hiking, kayaking, & rafting trips in British Columbia and Yukon, Canada. Most trips suitable for novices.

Canoe Trips

Bowron Lakes: The 116 km Bowron Lakes circuit is comprised of 6 major lakes which are inter-connected by a series of portages and rivers. The circuit forms a rectangle. It could not have been better laid out if it had been designed by a landscape architect. Paddlers begin and end at the same spot.  (Continue to Bowron Lakes page)

Teslin River: Once you begin the Teslin River canoeing adventure, you are transported into a world of serenity, connection with history, and the people who are and were the great story that is the Teslin River. (Continue to Teslin River page)

Wind River: The 200 km paddle from McClusky Lake to its intersection with the Peel River follows some of the Yukon’s most remote and pristine wilderness areas. (Continue to Wind River page)

Yukon River: Canoeing the Yukon River is connecting with history. It is synonymous with the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. The Yukon River’s impact on the history of the Yukon and the people who lived it is profound. (Continue to Yukon River page)

TRIP DEMANDS – QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Physical requirements for river trips are generally modest. Rivers are ranked according to the difficulty of their most severe rapids.The scale is not linear, nor is it fixed. For instance, there can be hard grade twos, easy grade threes, and so on. The grade of a river may change with the level of flow.

Beginner/Class I: Easy flat water/lake and mild waves-current/river. Few or no obstructions, all easy to avoid. Some maneuvering may be required to navigate around log jams or sweepers. Risk to swimmers is slight. Self-rescue is easy.

Intermediate/Class II: Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels that are obvious without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium-size waves are easily avoided with some training. Swimmers are seldom injured. Group rescue is seldom necessary.

If your question is not answered here, contact our office.

Q: What if I’m an experienced paddler?
The fact that you have had previous canoeing experience should in no way detract from your enjoying the trip.

Q: Can children come along?
Equipment and physical constraints may limit your child’s participation. We can usually place youngsters in the middle of the canoe. Call our office to discuss whether the expedition is suitable for your child.

Q: What kind of canoes do you use?
We use, Clipper , 17′ canoes, for expeditions. They have proven themselves to be stable and comfortable craft.

Q: Do I have to be in good physical shape?
There is a correlation between your physical readiness and your enjoyment of paddling. We will send home some conditioning ideas for you. Normal upper body strength and flexibility are key. Paddling is more technique than strength.

Q: How much paddling will I do?
Generally speaking we like to get going around 9 and get into camp around 4. This would be interrupted with lunch, shore breaks, drifting, wildlife viewing, photographic opportunities. Some days may find us setting camp early due to poor weather and other days extending our days to make up for lost time.

Q: When is the best time to do a trip?
We schedule all of our trips to coincide with the best weather and the best time to see wildlife.

Q: What are your guides’ qualifications?
Our guides have a keen interest in the outdoors, love their work, and enjoy sharing their knowledge. They are certified in canoeing, wilderness first aid, and emergency procedures. They possess backgrounds in areas such as natural and cultural history, photography and low impact wilderness travel.

Q: What is the size of your groups?
Maximum of ten participants and 2 guides. A small group minimizes impact on the areas we visit, allows more individualized attention, develops group bonding, and better ensures safety.

Q: Can I join your expedition if I’m alone?
Yes, as many persons come to us on their own. Most groups consist of couples, singles and friends traveling together.

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