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PostPosted: June 11th, 2008, 7:43 pm 
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Hi,
My wife and I, together with another couple, are planning a trip to Alberta and BC during Aug & Sept. We are planning on doing some canoeing while there. Desolation Sound is a the top of the list thx to Monster's trip report. Would you recommend any particular book that covers BC canoe routes? I found the one below on Amazon. Opinions on that one? Thx for your input.

"Canoe Trips British Columbia: Essential Guidebook for Novice and Intermediate Canoeists and Touring Kayakers "
by Jack Wainwright

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I don't think you can do better than Wainwright's book.

If you want to broaden the scope of saltwater trips, there are probably a dozen books for sea kayakers in the Pacific Northwest. The most comprehensive of those may be Peter McGee's "Kayak Routes of hte Pacific Northwest Coast".

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Hey Wotrock, here's a few I have.

First, Mussio Ventures put's out a Backroad Mapbook that covers different areas in BC. They're an excellent resource.

Northwest Brigade Paddling Club has a book called Canoeing and Kayaking BC's Central Interior. Another great one.

Just an old book I have is put out by Harbour Publishing is called Sunshine and Salt Air. It covers the Sunshine Coast. Mostly hiking, but some paddling.

Hope this helps.

Oops! Read that again. Wainwright's book is probably the best all around.


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Thx, folks. I'll order it.

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Wow, check out the sticky at the top of this forum titled "Resources".

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Ok, thx, Barbara, but what's your point?? :lol: :wink:

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Uh.....there's supposed to be a point to posting? :oops:

Whodathunkit. :o


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OK, I'll ponder the profundity of that statement while I'm paddling by the snow-capped mountains and you're in the "Greater Barrie" area! :lol:

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I like the Northwest Brigade Canoe Club's book, but it's hard to find outside BC (or Prince George for that matter), though it's well worth the hunt.

Even so, my favourite has got to be "British Columbia Canoe Routes", compiled by Canoe Sport British Columbia from the mid 1970s.

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I've seen it in a few different second hand book stores in BC, and it's usually priced between $5 and $10, so it's not too hard to find. I think it's still the best (and only?) guide book covering the (whole) Fraser River.

Here are some scans of the index pages to show what it covers:

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There are a few things I really like about this (conveniently thin) book:

It's succinct
Many newer guidebooks feel obliged to lead you through every detail of a river. This pedantry often detracts from your enjoyment. This book lists only the major obstacles and hazards, includes quite a few beautifully direct hand-scribbled diagrams or gives one-sentence explanations of how to circumvent the obstacles.

Blunt skill requirements
Like the Northwest Brigade book, this book doesn't pander to today's lillydipping "experts". When it says "for experts only" it really means it---it's usually talking about a treacherous grade 4-5 canyon (which, not having been in one, I would guess you need to be quite skilled to navigate!), not a litigation-conscious riffle. Many newer guide books, cautious not to underplay dangers, seem to overstate them---often they seem a little patronising.

When men were men, and prospectors were chestnuts
Best of all, the unpretentious b&w photos give a snapshot of a different canoeing age from not-really-that-long ago. Today's gear-addicted experience may be safer, but something's been lost:

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Now, where did I put that suede jacket?


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I've been to Desolation Sound several times. It receives decent coverage in all the guide books for the BC coast, but in my opinion the best of them for this area is:

Sea Kayak Desolation Sound and the Sunshine Coast, by Heather Harbord. Rocky Mountain Books, 2005.

Comprehensive and pocket-sized.


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Naptrel,
Thx very much for that and esp of making the effort to sca the table of contents. The Wainwright was just sent yesterday from Michigan on behalf of Amazon.ca. Hoodathunkit that you can buy a used book on BC Canoe routes from the US of A but not from Canada! :doh: I'll see how much that book covers, then I might order the one you suggested. Never too many canoeing books, right?

Acadia,
Thx for that recommendation. I'd be very much interested in your Des Sound trips. Did you do any write-up at all?
BTW, your alias suggests you are a transplanted Maritimer?

And to you, Barbara---ahh, where the heck can I find a big animated rasperry emoticon when I really need one. And you thought my posting was pointless.
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I think Jack Wainwright's "Canoe BC" and Glen Stehdam's "The Vancouver Paddler" are both excellent resources that provide exact details such as how to get the the put in, where to take out, how long a paddle it is and difficulty levels.

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PostPosted: January 9th, 2009, 1:35 pm 
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Hi,

Just thought I would let you know that there is now a guide to northern BC canoe trips, published by Rocky Mountain Books (rmbooks.com). Volume one is just out and volume two will be out November 2009. The series covers 15 routes over 19 rivers. Lots of great choices, many are not well known at all and have so much to offer.

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It appears this book is back ordered at Rocky Mtn Books as I ordered it before Christmas and it has yet to appear.
Allan Jacobs ordered it as well. did you get it yet Allan?

Looking at the other BC post on paddling guides the book will be coming soon.


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PostPosted: January 9th, 2009, 3:55 pm 
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Thanks everyone for the great list of sources. I've posted most of them in the Resources and Updates sticky.
I didn't post the Mussio Ventures link since I'm not sure it's that relevant to paddling; please correct me if I'm wrong.
I couldn't find "BC Canoe Routes", from Canoe Sport BC, on the web.
The Northwest Brigade site doesn't mention its paddling book.

Hugh: Archer Volume 1 isn't here yet.

Yours in paddling, Allan

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