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PostPosted: April 12th, 2013, 10:34 pm 

Joined: September 24th, 2011, 4:38 pm
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My family paddled this route in September of 2011. We put in at the bridge in Clearwater and paddled to the Halston Bridge in Kamloops.
We took 9 days as this was our first river trip with our then 15mth and 2 1/2yr old girls. We took two rest/play days along the way.
The paddling was generally class 1 with a few class 2 wave trains and river braids to navigate.
The most challenging rapid is a big s curve at Heffley Cr. We scouted and ran the upper rapid and had some water come over the bow onto our sleeping youngest. We eddied out easily
river left and lined down the lower section. Great sandy camp site below this rapid on river left.
Fishtrap rapids just north of McLure was the other challenging section simply because the river braided into 3 or 4 branches. We chose a river left option which was not the best option. We had to quickly eddy out and line around a sharp corner with dead heads. River right is the way to go as it looked like most of the current flowed that way.
Great river side camping all along the route as the water level was low. Fire wood is also plentiful.
The best camp site was just south of Barrier and Exlou on a big river right bend. Sand. Sun and great hiking behind camp in the dry pine and sage.
Current speed varied from 3 to 18km per hour.
Almost no traffic but a lone jet boat near Clearwater fishing.

Overall an excellent trip and well worth doing....

It made us realize:

1) that yes extended canoe trips with kids is possible;
2) the trip location does not have to be remote nor does the paddling have to hard in order to have an excellent canoeing experience;
3) canoe spray decks are a must (we have a 4 cockpit deck being built for us by Northwater);
4) 17' is short for a family canoe (we are having Clipper build us a 20' Mackenzie ultralight);
5) where are all the other canoeists (especially families)????

Our next post on the BC forum will be from April 2012 N to S on Okanagan Lake...13 days....110km...

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L&B Smithers BC

PostPosted: April 13th, 2013, 12:57 am 

Joined: March 23rd, 2006, 11:21 pm
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Location: Burns Lake, BC
Thanks for the TR. :thumbup:

I've always thought that would be an excellent front country trip.

Welcome to the board.
Keep the TR's coming. :clap:

PostPosted: July 31st, 2014, 9:38 pm 

Joined: July 31st, 2014, 12:33 pm
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Hi, does anybody have info on the N Thompson river above Clearwater? We like to do float trips in our raft up to Class III. Thanks.

PostPosted: August 4th, 2014, 2:49 pm 

Joined: August 3rd, 2014, 8:58 pm
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Would you be able to suggest an enter and exit point along that route that would be more like a maximum 3 days? Maybe your favorite part? We are a family of four, two young boys in two canoes planning our first family trip.

PostPosted: May 8th, 2015, 9:58 am 

Joined: September 28th, 2008, 10:00 am
Posts: 18

It took a while however I have found out
that between Blue river and Clearwater
there are 2 mandatory portages

One 10km and one 5km


I scratched the idea and will canoe the traditional
Clearwater to Kamloops


PostPosted: June 29th, 2015, 6:37 pm 

Joined: September 28th, 2008, 10:00 am
Posts: 18

this July


Could you suggest maps I should get a hold of
just to basically know where I am

and any tips would can pass on
that would make my trip more enjoyable

And I have a few questions for you if I may that will surely increase


Are there towns along the way where I can re supply on food and beer

Q2 And as for the takeout where would you suggest if my final destination would be the VIARail train station in Kamloops

Thanx in advance

Richard Morin
Montrea Kanada

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