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 Post subject: White River Info
PostPosted: April 15th, 2023, 8:26 am 
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Hey! We have a party of 2 canoes (intermediate white water experience with float bags) running the Kootenay River from Vermillion Crossing to Canal Flats the first week of July this year.

I heard of the White River through some threads on this site and we would love to try and do 2-3 days on it after the Kootenay. However, I am struggling to find any information on the rapids or potential flow on it. If anyone can provide some knowledge on it that would be much appreciated!! I also ordered "Whitewater Trips and Hot Springs in the Kootenays of British Columbia: For Kayakers, Canoeists and Rafters" which I heard could be a good resource but it hasn't arrived yet.

Thanks!!


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 Post subject: Re: White River Info
PostPosted: April 15th, 2023, 9:40 am 
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Hi, we're planning to do some hiking in that area this summer and, as a paddler, your post interested me so I thought I'd see what I could find. First, there appears to be a White River on Vancouver Island but I think the links below are for the White River in SE British Columbia. Hope the links help and have fun. If you are able to run the river, please post a trip report.

https://paddlingmaps.com/trip/British%2 ... -to-bridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbBxP9fw8PE

https://www.brmbmaps.com/explore/canada ... oute/35496


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 Post subject: Re: White River Info
PostPosted: April 17th, 2023, 3:57 pm 
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Thanks for the info Ralph! That sounds like a great trip, if you know of any hikes that are accessible via the Kootenay River let me know.

Those links are a big help. I have seen that on youtube, but I hadn't run across those other links that describe the river. Fingers crossed the flow is appropriate the first of July and I can follow up with a trip report. Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: White River Info
PostPosted: April 17th, 2023, 5:31 pm 
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The Beaver Canoe Club in Vancouver has canoeists that regularly do a Kootenays Rivers Week and run the White. Not sure of the best way to contact the right people, but you could poke around their web page of Facebook or whatever.

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 Post subject: Re: White River Info
PostPosted: April 17th, 2023, 10:55 pm 
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Glad to help. We're going to hike in Top of the World Provincial Park and Height of the Rockies Provincial Park. I'm along for the ride, so to speak as my hiking friends will be doing the hike planning. I'm not familiar with the area so can't help with hikes.
Hope you have a great trip.


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 Post subject: Re: White River Info
PostPosted: November 7th, 2023, 3:47 pm 
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Had a successful running of the White River in early July this past summer. We ended up doing just a day trip and it was about 35km and took us a solid 8 hours.

The first 2km ish were unrunnable in an open canoe in my opinion we ended up swamping, as did our other partner canoe. It was extremely steep chutes with ledges that couldn't be avoided. After that we had to think long and hard about whether we should line back up river and bail on the trip or continue down the river knowing that it would be a lot harder to extract ourselves the deeper we got into the river/canyon.

We ended up continuing and glad we did as the river was incredible. It definitely was at the very limit of our abilities with non-stop class 2+ - 3+. The rapids were continuous with large wave trains at every river bend and numerous channels to choose between with the numerous gravel bars. There were plenty of strainers on the river banks that you had to be careful for and little to no opportunity to scout the rapids other than the gravel bars right before some of the river bends. It was read and react which was exhilarating but due to the unknowns of the river very stressful.

I would do the river again, but definitely have a healthier respect/fear of it and would maybe make a 2 days event as the lining past various ledges and some unrunnable rapids plus the scouting when available to do so, really made it a long day and a grind.

Happy to give any more updated info on the river if people are curious about paddling it. My last suggestion would be to avoid the logging road that connects the put-in (north of whiteswan lake) to the takeout at the confluence of the Kootenay. It was in bad condition and took us longer in a 4x4 Truck then it did to backtrack through Canal Flats and leave the vehicle on the west side of the Kootenay river. The one issue with this plan is you need to line your canoe upstream on the Kootenay about 500m and then ferry across to your vehicle.


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