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

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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.

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Williams Lake, BC

multi day.
Taseko - Chilko - Chilcotin - Fraser River Trip - Was around the 45-55 cms level during our trip. Apparently gets boney at 30cms and below. You do come across the odd road on this trip. We did it over 6 days beginning the 11th September 2021. If you are just a party of speedy kayakers, you could have it done in less. It got below freezing on three of the nights but other wise pleasant temps. Day 1: 22km, pool-drop class 2 and 3. Cannot camp river left. Day 2: 45-50kms, pool drop and continuous class 3 and 4 big water canyons, and beautiful boulder gardens. 1 ledge in this stretch 10-15km's in with a scary hole. everything boat scoutable except taseko falls, about 25km's into this day. scout on left. Day 3: 50kms ish, class 1 and 2 with the odd 3. no camping river left. Day 4: 50 kms ish of class 1 and 2 with the odd class 3. we camped at "Big creek" on the upstream side of the creek river right. Day 5: 35 kms of class 3 and 4. starts with terrific Class3/3+ big water interspersed with flat stretches. Rapids pick up again in the few kms leading into "farwell canyon" you will see a bridge, when you do: eddy right to scout. 5-10 kms of boogie before what is kown as "big john canyon". this is somewhat scoutable, bit by bit, but not really. big water class 4 canyon. great fun. do your scouting at the top of a wave/feature and then make your moves during the roller coaster ride to the next peak of water. definitely the highlight of the trip. we camped on river left about 500m before the confluence with the fraser river. Day 6: 30kms on the fraser. flat, slightly boily interspersed with the odd big water class 3 rapid. you will go under a bridge and then take out on the river right about 700m after the bridge.

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