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

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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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Trail Wave and Hero Hole
Columbia River Playspots - Trail Wave and Hero Hole are a playboaters dream. Every spring (end of March/April) and fall (end of September/October) The Columbia River is lowered bringing out awesome play features at Rock Island Trail. Trail wave can range from a green wave supporting up to 5 surfers to a more steep hole with a foam pile. Hero Hole is named as such given the automatic slew of tricks paddlers experience in the feature whether in control or otherwise. Trail Wave Hero Hole 800 to 1300 cms. One Shot wave 2200 to 2800 cms The Stacks 2200 to 2800 cms. Industrial Hole 3600 cms. and up
Unexpected Wave
Columbia River - At 1600 CMS on the Trail Wave gauge on the River App a wave comes in on the other side of the river near the Trail Airport. This wave is similar to Trail wave just smaller. To get to the wave you have to paddle up the huge eddy until you get around the corner and then keep going for another 5 minutes then you do a big ferry across the river aiming for the eddies there.

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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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