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

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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.

Crossover Kayak Trips or Routes

Duncan

Sandy Pool to Vimy (Heritage Rd)
Cowichan River - A pleasant section of the Cowichan well suited to novice and intermediate paddlers. There are a few wave trains that can either be challenged or avoided. Enjoyable for those new to swiftwater SUP or those wanting to build skills before taking it up a notch. The speed of the river is directly proportional to the flow rate. The take-out is on river-left: a gravel beach, a rise up to a yellow gate with concrete barriers, and a bend to the left are significant markers. Take-out should be recce'd when to ensure visual cues are noted. 45-60 min run length.
Stoltz Pool to Sandy Pool
Cowichan River - Another good novice or intermediate run. A bit more difficult than the Sandy Pool to Vimy section. Rapids are a bit bigger and longer than that section. It's narrower, so there are less chances to avoid the rough stuff if that is paddler's intent. Easy access points are both in public parks, but does require a short walk/portage . Finding the take out may be a bit challenging from the river, so it's worth checking out the take out beach at Sandy Pool.
Vimy (Heritage Rd) to Allenby Road
Cowichan River - Good for novices and intermediate paddlers. Channels are wide with multiple options for line choices. Some nice wave trains to play in if desired. A significant Class 2+ section about a third of the way into this section. May be walked around or one can opt for a less difficult inside line. Yummy hot dogs, fries, and onion rings at Carol's Hot Dog Trailer located at the Allenby Road take-out (seasonal). What a great way to end the run!

Resources

Wilderness Kayaking Co

(250) 746-0151

6683 Beaumont Ave, Maple Bay, Duncan, BC

http://www.wilderness-kayaking.com/wilderness-kayaking-co/

Local Paddling Clubs

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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