Canoe River (BC) - Gauge to Old Bridge III

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.

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The symbols can be clicked on and provide some simple explanations of why they are there. You can also use the symbols to get directions from Google Maps to the put in/takeout. A handy thing!

Run Information


Starting ~1 hour West of Jasper at Valemount's 5th ave, head South 3.7 Km on Hwy 5 to the Kinbasket Lake turnoff and go right(West) on the gravel logging road(if you reach the bridge over the Canoe river you've gone too far). Stay left on the logging road for ~5Km and look for an old bridge site on the left ~1km after crossing under a set of power lines. It is the remnants of an old logging road bridge and can be easily missed if you aren't paying attention. Mark the take out.

Put In

From the takeout carry on up the road for 6.7 km to a small rutted track leading off to the left(South) just past the 12km mileage marker. Stuart Smith: “Trust your odometer and look carefully for the track”. The track leads ~200m in to a cable car station and the put in. With moisture it may be difficult to navigate out without 4×4.


Continuous glacier fed class III technical boulder gardens

Length & Time

7.5km, Couple_Hours


Avg. 18m/km(1.8%), Max 30m/1.4km(2.1%)

Flow Information

Fed by glacial melt. Hot days in the summer net the highest flows. There is no real time gauge so inspect at the put in or the Hwy 5 bridge. In the weeds is high, visible eddies is lower….


On the river right side of the Hwy 5 bridge over the Canoe you will find a gauge painted on the upstream side of the pillar labelled 1-3.

For details on historical flows please view:

*Note this is a discontinued gauge but gives and idea of historical patterns


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