Four Rivers in Four Days

Join Elements Adventure Co. for a 4-day river canoeing exploration to paddle some of BC’s top interior rivers.  Endless canoeing on class 1-3 rivers through land steeped in the history of the mining, transportation, and agricultural industries.  Each day will comprise of some driving, world-class paddling, great food, and a lot of fun.

$795 + 5% GST         SAVE 10% on registrations 5 months in advance of each trip!

Upcoming Dates:  June and September, 2019.  Specific dates coming soon.

Included in the trip fee:

  • Guiding, safety, route selection and instruction from two certified professional guides
  • snacks and lunches for 4 days
  • Transportation from Vernon, BC in the comfy EAC van


River Selection

Four sections will be chosen from the following rivers:


The Coldwater drains the high country of the Coquihalla Summit and the rolling hills to the east of Merritt before joining the Nicola. It winds it way gently back and forth through a valley surprisingly rich with wildlife: bears, deer and even moose are not uncommon sights here. Investigate the charms a river hidden in plain sight.



Tucked away near Otter Lake, this is a hidden gem that few people get to explore.  As it rushes down to join the Similkameen River at Princeton, the Tulameen offers many exciting challenges with its sharp twists and fun drops. Visit a land steeped in history where miners and fur traders have walked before with the ghost town of Coalmont and the Hudson’s Bay Company Brigade trail.



Flowing through Princeton, the Similkameen River is a paddler’s paradise with smooth granite boulders that send the river tumbling and turning around each new bend. Cruise along and soak up the valley’s good vibes, then test your mettle at the rapids of Golden Dawn and Stem Winder. Cedar trees arch out over the river and the golden light of the Okanogan glints over the eastern horizon each morning in this warm and dry valley. You won’t want to leave!



Welcome to the wild west of BC where you can easily imagine looking up to see a cowboy or two outened on the ridge above. The Nicola winds its way through the rugged beauty of interior grasslands that give way to steep mountain sides of ponderosa pine forest dotted with rocky outcrops and hoodoos. The Nicola is a fast-flowing river as it hurries to meet the Thompson and its braids and rock gardens will keep you on your toes all day.



A truly mighty river, the Thompson is a major tributary to the Fraser and a great place to experience the power and majesty of paddling big water! Follow this ancient highway and hear the stories of Shuswap people, explorers, pioneers, and the great iron roads that forged a nation. Large eddies and wave trains will thrill you while stunning big-sky vistas of the Thompson valley will reveal a new side to BC’s geography.  Elements Adventure Co. VIDEO



Short and sweet, the Adams River at the western edge of the Shuswap flows through Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park with its lush beauty and diverse ecosystem.  It is known for its epic sockeye salmon run and opportunistic bull trout. Look down and you might just see some fish darting among the riffles as eagles and osprey glide above looking for an easy meal. Warm, clear waters draining Adams Lake form a paddler’s playground that is both challenging but forgiving. This day of pool-and-drop rapids will test your skills and feed your need for excitement.

Middle Shuswap

One of the best-kept paddling secrets, the Middle Shuswap offers a rich diversity in ecology as well as paddling.  It flows through a unique region where you can find the Okanagan’s juniper and Ponderosa mingling with the Monashee’s towering Cedars, White Pines, and Hemlocks. The river begins lively and fast as it winds its way through a steep, narrow valley until it makes the impressive plunge over Shuswap Falls.  It gradually slows after the falls and enters into a wide pastoral valley before emptying into the southernmost point of Mabel Lake.  Boasting the cleanest water at this latitude in North America, you will rarely need to share this gem of a river with another paddler.

North Thompson

A crisp, swift river, the North Thompson provides many sections of class 1-2 whitewater, through rolling mountains and pastoral countryside.  We use sections of this river to warm up our paddling skills while getting used to new boats and paddling partners.  In the fall it is not uncommon to see bears, salmon, eagles, and even sandhill cranes in the grassy meadows or towering cedars along this picturesque river.

People who go on this trip:

team building exercises while out on a canoeing trip

  • are looking for a safe way to expand their repertoire of interior canoeing rivers
  • want more experience paddling on rivers
  • want to improve their paddling technique and would appreciate some casual instruction
  • have a willingness to cope with the unexpected
  • just love to play in the outdoors in the company of other adventurous, dynamic people



Your Guides

Charles Ruechel and Keiran Rankin




Skill Level Required – level II (intermediate)

Participants have experience in the outdoors and some basic river-canoeing skills. They are comfortable around moving water.  You can expect to build on skills and experience in new and challenging conditions under the leadership of your guides.  You should be fit and capable of carrying your canoe and gear over rough terrain.


Accommodation – To be determined

  • Accommodation will be arranged by EAC, and will be an additional cost to the participants.
  • EAC will negotiate our accommodation fees on behalf of our group, split evenly among the total number of paddlers and billed directly back to the participants without a markup.
  • Specific accommodations will be determined based on the interests of the people who register.
  • Options may include B&B’s and/or camping.



  • Participants will purchase their own breakfasts and dinners at local establishments.
  • snacks and lunches are provided

canoeing trip lunch break

Boats and Paddling Equipment

  • Canoes outfitted for whitewater, helmets, wet (or dry) suits, and PFD’s are mandatory
  • All paddling equipment (tandem and solo river canoes, helmets, wetsuits, PFD’s, paddles) is available to rent – see prices below

Transportationriver canoeing company

  • all transportation will be in the comfort of the Elements Adventure Company van


Pre-Trip Support

  • full packing list supplied
  • registration & med form, policies & procedures document, waiver


river canoeing instructorBONUS

  • 10% tuition and rentals discount on any scheduled river-canoeing courses with Elements Adventure Co. in advance of the trip




Not included in the price:

  • paddling equipment
  • tents, sleeping bags, mattresses if we decide to camp – these are available to rent
  • personal gear and clothing
  • accommodation costs
  • breakfast and dinner costs


Other important details:

  • maximum 8 participants, minimum 6
  • minimum age is 18 or with guide’s consent
  • a 30% deposit is required upon booking
  • the balance is due 30 days prior to departure, after which time, no refunds will be given – special considerations may be made for medical conditions
  • refunds can be issued up to 30 days prior to the trip date, but a $100 cancellation fee will be deducted


Rental rates for 4 days:

  • tandem canoe – $35/person
  • solo canoe – $50/person
  • whitewater paddle – $15
  • PFD – $15
  • Helmet – $15
  • Wetsuit – $25
  • Drybag – FREE


Rental notes:

  • Canoes come fully outfitted with knee pads, thigh straps, air bags, spare paddle, bailer, throw-ropes and painters.
  • Wetsuits are farmer john/jane style
  • Participants are responsible for the full cost of repair or replacement of lost or damaged canoes and/or equipment. Reasonable wear is expected.