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

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I think it was John Grace who once said "It's all just training for British Columbia". He was referring to the super challenging creeking and multi day wilderness whitewater trips that are located all over this mountainous province. There is a lifetime worth of easy and intermediate paddling too. Whether it is multi day ocean trips, winter whitewater paddling on Vancouver Island, surfing tidal rapids, creeking in the interior, remote trips up north BC offers it all and then some.

Canoe Trips or Routes

Lake Cowichan

Marie Canyon
Cowichan River - The classic run on the island. A class III river with two class IV features depending on flow. The first rapid Skutz Falls can be skipped by putting in below the fish ladders. There are several simple class II+ rapids with a very few play spots depending on flow. The run ends at “Last Drop” - fun at the right levels but can be portaged or skipped on river left..
Duck Pond to Little Beach
Cowichan River - An excellent beginner run that goes though town. The put in is a great location to introduce moving water, and the main run has enough large eddies for practice. All the rapids are class I, with enough flatwater in between.
Spring Pool to Skutz Falls
Cowichan River - This is a very mellow section of the river. There are no rapids of significance but its natural beauty is worth seeing. Not recommended as a trip to be done River right is all private land and river left is park. This section is normally canoed staring from the Lake to take out above Skutz, avoiding a long haul portage of 800 metres. NOT recommend as a whitewater run

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Canoe Kayak Freestyle Committee National Programs

Canoe Kayak Canada Freestyle is responsible for the growth and development of Freestyle Canoe/Kayak in Canada. We work with provincial, territorial and local organizations to hold programs that support athlete development. We also host National Team trials and support athletes at the international level.

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