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Looking for the best places to Canoe in and around Hinton? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Canoe in and around Hinton.

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Diverse is how we would best describe the paddling in this mountain/prairie province. In the west of the province runs are characterized by beautiful backdrops, continuous rivers and cold water. Everything from mellow multi day floats in national parks to hairy class V creeking is available in the west. As you move further east the gradient drops but there are still plentiful paddling options for those looking to float mellow rivers in really unique surroundings. It is a huge province so don't neglect to look north and south too. A very worthwhile paddling destination in it's own right.

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Canoe Trips or Routes

Hinton

Smallboy Camp to Ford
Brazeau River - The river cuts its way through a steep banked valley producing many surfwaves and grade II-III features in the sharp corners and over rock ledges. Additional features are created by boulders and ledges that constrict the flow. The valley is very scenic with consistent gradient and features through the first half of the run, it then mellows as the river valley opens up the rest of the way to the old ford. At the right flows the Brazeau river quite likely offers the best playboating in the area with numerous friendly surfable features.
Hinton to Whitecourt
Athabasca River - Paddler skill of this 3 to 4-day stretch of the river is classified as "Novice Open Canadian", but the current, gravel bars and overhanging trees demand constant vigilance. Several sets of rapids with standing waves and eddies have to be negotiated. Many islands with good camping spots.

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Paddle Junkies

whitewater kayaking club focused on bridging the gap for adult beginner, novice and intermediate kayaking in Calgary and surrounding area