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

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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


Gauge to Old Bridge
Canoe River - A continuous glacier fed boulder garden river with lots of logjams and small eddies. The view of the river on the drive up provides a very good impression of the character of the river. The water is freezing cold and non-stop class III with some III+/IV rapids in the mix. The crux rapid is the grade IV “False Teeth” found ~2km into the run, it consists of a log jam fence coming off river left leaving a narrow slot between it and the log jam on the river right corner requiring a tight right to left move. Preferable scout and portage is on river right, though left is also possible. This run can be combined with the grade IV lower Canoe to make a full day.
Old Bridge to Highway 5
Canoe River - Pool drop run with ice cold water through a short but scenic canyon. The run starts off quite mellow until the powerlines overhead signal to you that you have reached the first rapid “Powerline”(grade III+) which creates an impressive horizon line. There is a brief straight section after Powerline before the river turns left and drops into “Headwall”(grade IV). Once you start paddling into the left bend that leads to “Headwall” there are few, if any, eddies to stop and have a look so eddy out early after Powerline and go for a little walk. Following this are Headwall II, Tooth, and Exodus followed by the railroad bridge that signals that the excitement is over and the river is grade II to the takeout.

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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.