river canoeing

Four Rivers in Four Days

Join Elements Adventure Co. for a 4-day river canoeing adventure to paddle some of BC’s top interior rivers – in tandem or solo canoes – or bring your stand-up paddle board, kayak or packraft!  Endless canoeing on class 1-3 rivers through land steeped in the history of mining, transportation, and ranching.  Each day will comprise of some driving, world-class paddling, great food, and a lot of fun.

These trips fill up quickly (many people join every year because they’re so much fun!) so get in touch sooner than later to reserve yourself a spot!

 

 Price: starting at $895 per person + GST

2022 Dates:

  • Southern Interior Rivers: June 17-20, 2022 – $895+GST
  • Central Interior Rivers: August 26-29, 2022 – $895+GST
  • Cariboo Rivers: September 23-26, 2021 * NEW in 2022 * – $1050+GST introductory price

 

Included in the trip fee:
  • Guiding, safety, route selection and instruction from two certified professional guides
  • Camping fees, reservations and logistics.
Not included in the trip fee:
  • Canoes, kayaks, SUP’s & paddling equipment (we rent whitewater canoes and paddling equipment – see below)
  • Transportation – due to covid, we may still all need to travel in our own vehicles, but EAC will organize the shuttles.
  • Personal gear and clothing (tent, sleeping bag, mattress). Some gear can be rented.  Please inquire.
  • Meals. *Note* A fully-catered trip add-on is available to purchase for $215pp + GST.  Guides prepare meals and snacks starting at breakfast on Day 1 and ending after lunch on Day 4 (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 snacks, and 3 dinners). Indicate on your registration if you would like to receive this option, or prefer to bring your own meals.

 

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People who go on this trip:

  • are solo OR tandem canoeists, kayakers or SUP’ers looking for a safe way to experience more of BC’s finest whitewater
  • want to improve their paddling technique and increase their comfort in more technical rivers
  • have a keen sense of adventure and enjoy the unexpected
  • love to play in the outdoors in the company of other adventurous, dynamic people

 

NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED A PADDLING PARTNER TO PARTICIPATE!!!

 

Skill Levels Required

Participants have experience paddling on intermediate rivers and are confident adventuring in the outdoors. They have taken an intermediate-level moving water canoeing course, are proficient with basic strokes, manoeuvres and easy self-rescue techniques, and are comfortable around/on/in moving water.  Participants can expect to build on skills and experience in new and challenging conditions under the leadership of their guides.  Participants should be fit and capable of carrying their canoe and gear over rough terrain.

 

River Selection

A few short weeks before each trip, guides will assess the seasonal water levels and finalize the plan as to which 4 river sections will be paddled.  Each year is different – and luckily we have many rivers and sections to choose from, giving us the option to customize the experience to fit the group and the season.

June Trip (Southern Interior BC) may include sections of the Coldwater, Tulameen, Similkameen, Nicola, Thompson, North Thompson, Middle Shuswap, Lower Shuswap, Upper Shuswap Rivers.

August Trip (Central Interior) may include sections of the North Thompson, Clearwater, Thompson, Adams, Middle Shuswap, or Lower Shuswap Rivers.

September Trip (Cariboo Region) may include sections of the Horsefly, Quesnel, Chilko, or Cariboo Rivers.

Read more about the river selection – Click Here

 

Charles and Keiran guiding the September 2020 trip.

 “Thank you Charles!  These 4 days were an amazing experience and opportunity for growth, learning, and pushing limits.  You are exceptionally good at what you do and we feel very fortunate to have been guided by you and Keiran.”       L. & H. Bruns, Mara, BC

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Accommodation

  • Camping will be at provincial campgrounds, private campgrounds, or Forest Service Rec Sites.
  • EAC will arrange our camping accommodation on behalf of our group in advance.

Boats and Paddling Equipment

High-quality outfitted whitewater canoes and equipment available to rent.

All paddling equipment (tandem and solo river canoes, helmets, wetsuits, drysuits, PFD’s, paddles) is available to rent – see prices below.

Rental rates  (without GST) for 4 days:

  • tandem canoe – $50/person
  • solo canoe – $75/person
  • whitewater paddle – $20
  • PFD – $25
  • Helmet – $25
  • Wetsuit – $35
  • Drybag – FREE

Rental notes:

  • Canoes – these ain’t your regular Canadian Tire canoes!  These Royalex or T-Formex whitewater canoes come fully outfitted with knee pads, thigh straps, air bags, spare paddle, bailer, throw-ropes and painters and plenty of rocker to play with.
  • Wetsuits are farmer john/jane style.
  • We also rent out drysuits. Its a real treat to be dry at the end of the day after you’ve played hard!
  • Participants are responsible for the full cost of repair or replacement of lost or significantly damaged canoes and/or equipment. Reasonable wear is expected.

Transportation

  • Due to Covid, each person/family will likely be required to travel in their own vehicle with the exception of when we do the river shuttle each day.  Please read our Covid protocols for shuttles.

Pre-Trip Support and Paperwork

  • Full packing list supplied in advance.
  • Registration & Medical Information form, Policies & Procedures document, Waiver
  • Bonus – see below!

 

river canoeing instructorBONUS

  • 10% tuition and rentals discount on any scheduled river-canoeing courses with our Paddling School in advance of the trip.

 

 

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Other important details:

  • maximum 12 participants, minimum 6
  • minimum age is 18 (or younger with guide’s consent)
  • a $300 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
  • please read our full cancellation policy for details