Kayaking or River Rafting - Gold River Upper Canyon
Advanced kayakers’, guided intermediates only.
Conditions of the river: Class 3+ and 4+ at peak levels, Class 5 technical, phenomenal play spots.
Length of run: 6.1 kilometres or 4 hours
From Gold River 6.0 kilometres or 10 minutes on Gravel Road.
Season: Year round following rain best after run off. May and June is best after snow melt and spring showers.
What to expect: Thrilling water, a stunning canyon, elk and old growth timber, salmon, eagles, a feeling of complete remoteness. Excellent water, with continuous rapids, pools and drops with superb holes, the deeper you penetrate the canyon the more beautiful the topography.
Topographical maps required: 1:50,000 Gold River 92E/16
Facilities: A short distance to Gold River and all its conveniences. Gold River Camp-site offers pit toilets and room to park and pitch your tent, sandy beach, shade trees, picnic tables, and fireplaces at Big Bend Park.
Guidelines: The best time to kayak this river is in early afternoon when the sun shines into the deep canyon. As narrow as 3 meters and as wide at 24 meters, radical narrowing creates exciting water, lots of play spots, the higher the water the more play spots available, some drops are extremely difficult, scout carefully.
Access to Put in and Take out: Take out is from Gold River; turn off Highway 28 to Port Hardy Road, travel north to the first bridge over Gold River, cross it and park; follow signpost to the short steep rocky edge of the road. To put in, continue upstream to another bridge over Muchalat River, cross it; then turn right; then right again, a dirt track goes all the way to the rivers edge.