River Running in North Central Vancouver Island
The emergent sport of River running, in a kayak, a canoe or raft is one of the greatest of adventure thrills, each river with its own nature, alive, variable in character, in constant flux, varied from one season to the next and from one day to the next.
Northern Vancouver Island presents a diversity of challenging rivers suitable for paddlers of every skill and mood, with some presenting radical challenges and others laying in wait for the inexperienced beginner.
Highlights of Running our Rivers:
The highlights of most northern Vancouver Island rivers is under-cut caves and waterfalls, canyons, rock gardens and the option of short or long runs, easily accessible put-ins and take-outs and all kinds of amenities reasonably close by. And yet all of this and you still gain a feeling of complete remoteness.
The offering of Class 2 to Class 5 and even at the height of the run, of the chance of some Class 6, is around every turn, where beautiful vistas in every direction are assured. The best time when rivers volume peak on the Island is in the fall, just after the rains begin, the winter of course is the best time to continue to paddle as this is the rainy season, and unlike many areas, the rivers on the island do not freeze in the winter. Spring run-off is also something to take advantage of, mid summer you should be hitting the ocean rapids or the west coast beaches for some serious kayak surfing or board surfing.
The Rivers of North Central Vancouver Island:
Scattered from corner to corner, Vancouver Island north contains a fantastic display of rivers and surf sites as beautiful as their names suggest, The Adam River the Eve River, the Gold River, biblical in name and in remembered experience, a place of new beginnings.