About Western Canada

red_deer_river_ABWelcome to theWestern Canada – Alberta and BC

From the Canadian Shield bedrock of the Slave River in the Northwest Territories, the northern, central, southern Rockies on the Alberta/BC border to the lush rainforests of BC; one question remains: Oh, where to paddle, where to paddle? If anything helps the decision making issue it’s that one can usually arrange for year round paddling somewhere out west. To help you out some, here is a brief description of Western Canada. Those links to clubs and school on this site; check them out because you’ll find location descriptions and perhaps a paddler or two to hook up with! The Rocky Mountain Corridor extends from the Crowsnest Pass in southern Alberta and takes you through the Kananaskis and north to Jasper and Grande Cache. When you fall off the continental divide in any of these areas you’ll end up putting your boat in the water respectively from the south to the north in Fernie, Invermere, Golden and Clearwater, BC. There are three main highways in BC and many smaller ones to get lost on. In winter its best to choose the one that poses the shortest distance and is open. The summer months leave one pondering about which rivers you’ll paddle on your way to the coast. Questions like; if you take this highway there do you take a different one back, become the daily norm. Do I stay on the Yellowhead and head up to Quesnel, Smithers and Terrace to paddle some of the finest creeks around? Do I head to Vancouver Island or stay in the Fraser Valley? How about Skookumchuk? Is it running? One thing is certain; there is park and play along the way and something for every level. Should you feel you’ve mastered driving, take the plunge; head north 18 hours from Calgary to the Slave River which is located just outside the northern most Alberta border. With 5 sets of rapids, one can best describe this river as the bouldering of whitewater paddling. The only disclaimer to be offered: Plan on staying for no less than 10 days.

Recent News and Info

2017 Tallulah Race Results

November 14th, 2017 Contributed by: saskia

Sponsored by Micah Cox charging down Oceana – Photo by: Rob Giersch The race starts in the river right eddy beside the wooden launch ramp at the bottom of the 660 steps to get down into the gorge.  The finish line is at the confluence of the river into Tugalo Lake.  The race course is 1.54 miles long through all the major rapids of the Tallulah Gorge and drops 413 total vertical feet.  The race is a time trial event in which each racer is started in one minute intervals. There were 35 spots open for boaters to apply and qualification for the race was based on past experience at the Green Race, the Lord of the Fork Race, and the Tallulah Race.  A total of 32 racers gave this 2nd annual race a go! Racers – Photo by Adrenia Clark 2017 Tallulah Race Results @ 500 CFS Adriene Levknecht - Photo by Adrenia Clark Women’s K-1: 1

Featured Rapid: Top-Drop

November 3rd, 2017 Contributed by: saskia

Top-Drop River: Shoshone Difficulty: IV Description: Top-Drop is located at the base of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. It is the first runnable rapid on the Canyon section of the Shoshone

2017 Lord of the Fork Race Results

October 30th, 2017 Contributed by: saskia

Thanks to all who endured some rather moist and frigid weather to take part in the 2017 LOTF race. We had observations of sleet at the finish line.


 

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