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

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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.

Whitewater Kayak Trips or Routes


Upper Clearwater
Clearwater - The Clearwater river is a visually stunning run with true to its name clear water rushing over bleached rocks at times making the river depth deceiving. The Upper section has everything from horse shoe style water falls to big wave trains and rock slide style drops.
Play Run
Clearwater River - Big, warm water with lots of play spots depending on the level. Named waves include “The Wall”, “German Basher”, “Spin Wave”, “Tsunami”, “Pink Mountain” and “Little Pink”.
Clearwater River - A fun, warm, big-water day trip. Put on at or near Clearwater Lake taking your pick of grade III waterfall hucks. Enjoy several Kilometers of fun bouncy big water and a few surfwaves before arriving at Myanth Falls(IV). This is a 200m long rapid with a series of holes, ledges, and diagonals. You will know you have arrived here by the sound and and horizon line as you pass through a grade II canyon section. Skirt right around the canyon wall to eddy and scout. Pick your line and have fun :) after a few minutes you reach the Grade V-V+ Donkey falls, scout/portage on river right or if you plan on portaging all of the lower drops you can eddy river left and hook up with the hiking trail for some easier trudging(20min to parking lot). Next up is grade V+-VI Marcus Falls, scout/portage on river right. If you aren't already on the river left side of the river you will need to ferry across below Marcus falls to avoid Bailey's chute. This ferry is pretty straight forward but you absolutely do not want to blow it as the river feeds into Bailey's Chute (VI) several hundred meters below. The hike out is along a well defined and maintained hiking trail for 10 minutes from Bailey's Chute.

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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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