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diverse geography provides river kayaking for all levels of skill.
Satisfy your passion for rapids by running our fast-flowing rivers
through breathtaking canyons and waterfalls; or launch from beaches
and inlets to surf the wild waves of the Pacific Coast.
your passion for rapids
Few sports can
match the thrills, spills and challenges of whitewater kayaking,
and few places can enhance the excitement like the scenic wonderland
of Vancouver Island!
Try an expedition on the Gold River and apply your kayaking skills
against continuous rapids, rock gardens, surfing waves and the "Big
Drop". The river is class II to IV - suitable for advanced
kayakers and guided intermediates. The Gold River experience is
enhanced by the wonderful scenery through which the river flows.
River: This scenic river flows 58km and drops 168m before finally
emerging in the tidal flatlands of Cowichan Bay. Along the winding
route are a series of steep falls and over a hundred sets of rapids
suitable for intermediate-level kayakers or guided beginners.
River: Kayakers usually put in at the confluence of the Nimpkish
River and Kaipit Creek. However, due to logjam, launch just west
of Kaipit Creek. Swirling eddies and surf waves provide a challenging
ride down the river to Nimpkish Lake. The river is class II to III
- suitable for novice paddlers.
Woss River: The Woss river flows from Woss Lake to the Nimpkish
River. The river is class II - suitable for novice paddlers. This
is an excellent location, as you can practice newly acquired skills
on the lake before braving the river.
The river flows through a deep canyon, with most of the river being
grade II, with two class III rapids suitable for novices and up.
This is an excellent river - the swift moving water, waves and eddies
enable you to practice your skills.
Bay and Raft Cove: Experienced kayakers can paddle to Raft Cove
via the San Josef River and San Josef Bay. Waves at Raft Cove are
three times the size of those at San Josef Bay.
Pacific Rim National Park: Here, the full effect of the Pacific
Ocean can be witnessed - it's immense and unpredictable!
For those who devote themselves to adventurous exploration, the
Jordan River, Koksilah River, Nanaimo River and Campbell River will
provide the opportunity for an enjoyable kayaking trip.
for Surf Kayaking
May for river Whitewater Kayaking (autumn rains, spring snow melts)
Kayaking is potentially dangerous
A helmet, lifejacket
and paddling jacket are mandatory
The water of
B.C are cold: wetsuits are required
put-in and take-out locations before paddling