Summer in BC

This year is one of the driest seasons in BC. It rained only for two or three days in last two months. Combined with very low snowpack from winter equals dry rivers. But it is not as bad as it looks. There is still something to paddle. 

After first few days spent in Whistler, Callaghan became my favourite run. Fun boulder garden with few nice drops and waterfalls is one of the Whistler’s classics. The most famous in area is probably Cheakamus. You can meet all the locals every evening on the upper Cheakamus, fun class 4 river with easy drop on the beginning of the run. Who is not satisfied with few laps on upper Check, can continue down the river to Balls to wall section. This section is little bit harder and is notable because of the massive log jam at the beginning of the gorge.

I started my job as safety kayaker in Squamish few weeks ago. I am working on Elaho River. Rafting section of Elaho is big water class 2/3 playrun. If you get bored of kickflips and surfing waves, just look around, the scenery is amazing. More interesting section of Elaho, Fear canyon, is just upstream. Unfortunately I hadn’t chances to run this section. Road to Fear canyon is closed all summer for massive wildfire in Elaho valley.

Not far from Squamish is probably best creek in BC. Box canyon of Ashlu is full of perfect drops in beautiful gorge. When the water is low for Box, you can just continue up the road and run Mine section which is just as good as the Box. Few km upstream you can find another gem of Squamish area, Tatlow...hour long hike in, difficult scouting and lots of big drops in deep canyon.

Despite of low water, I have really good time here in BC. There are lot of paddlers around and you can always find some nice river for paddling. Keep in mind that the rivers which I mentioned here are just the most famous, you can find many more great rivers around. And when everything is low you can just go biking, climbing or hiking.

Have a good one.