Canoe River (BC) - Old bridge to Hwy 5 IV

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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Aug 2015- riverwide log under the train bridge (you can see it from the takeout bridge), portage on the left.


Run Information


From Valemount head South on Hwy 5 for ~7km to the bridge over the Canoe River.

Put In

From the take out drive North for 3.8 Km on Hwy 5 to the Kinbasket Lake turnoff and go left(West) on the gravel logging road. Stay left on the logging road for ~5Km and look for an old bridge site on the left ~1km after passing under a set of large powerlines. It is the remnants of an old logging road bridge and can be easily missed if you aren't paying attention. Put in a the beach you find here. Alternately, carry on further up the road to combine the upper and lower sections into one run.


A medium volume short canyon section with pool drop rapids created by bedrock ledges.

Length & Time

4km, Couple_Hours


Avg. 11m/km(1.1%), Max 30m/2.5km(1.2%)

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. <EDIT> There is a paint gauge on the upstream side of the river right piling on the HWY 5 Bridge, 1.75 on this gauge was on the high side and eddies were few and far between. <EDIT> At 0 on the gauge it is still continuous class IV, I've run it much lower and it is class III, but the painted gauge probably wouldn't be relevant.


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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