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

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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


Dore River - The Dore is an extremely continuous run. Right from the start paddlers are into a constant wave train with tonnes of fun waves and holes to crash through and dodge. Wood is an issue and boaters should be comfortable making fast lateral moves in very pushy water to avoid sweepers and strainers. A very solid roll in class IV whitewater is recommended. A swim would be long and unpleasant. Eddies are few and far between and not always where you want them.
South Fork
Dore River - A bouncy continuous run that rips through a beautiful scenic valley. This run is fed by glacier melt and is a long run. There are many logs across this river due to logging and avalanches so keep an eye out and watch out for blind corners. This run builds continuously in intensity until you reach the class V crux rapid, on a left hand turn approximately half way down the run.After this rapid the river gradually eases untill the take out.
Beaver Falls
Holmes River - The Holmes is a fairly continuous river run. Mostly just big crashy waves to enjoy. There are a few large pour overs to catch the un-attentive boater however. Wood can be an issue as well so heads up river running is key. From the Put-in the Holmes fairly quickly picks up steam and provides plenty of fun for the duration of the run. There are a few breaks where it slows down to class II. Just before the takeout there is a very defined rapid called Beaver Falls. It's easy to scout on the drive in. It is basically a fun ride down a ramp into some swirly water down below, easy to do laps on if you wish.


Goat River - Starts out nice and fast with small holes and little ledges at low water levels. Two very sharp 90 degree corners, the second of which almost all the current directly flows into the bedrock bank creating a gnarly wave. There is a sneak route on the very inside of the corner river-left, but you may want to get out and scout on river left. From there it is mostly class 2 with potential wood hazard. Take out and scout if in doubt.

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