Canoeing

Clearwater and Azure Lake Canoe Trips

Great Equipment, Guides and Prices!

In the summer, we offer 3 and 6 day canoe trips deep into the heart of Wells Gray Park. These trips take the visitor up the Clearwater Lake and on the longer trip, Azure Lake, two of the premier canoeing lakes in British Columbia. More than that they are the heart of a totally protected watershed. The massive Wells Gray park protects the Watershed of the Clearwater River. A trip on these lakes offers you the chance to swim, paddle and enjoy one of the most pristine bodies of water in the world. Wildlife viewing on both lakes is excellent as wolf, deer, and moose are frequently seen. No canoeing experience is needed as our guides are also instructors and all trip members will have the opportunity to perfect Canadian canoeing techniques.
What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more rapidly and inescapably than any other
Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian prime minister


 

 



 

All prices include guide, accommodation, meals and transport to and from trail-head from Clearwater.  Kids 17 and under are 25% off. Please call or write for special family departures. If you have a group of friends or family that need a special date , please contact us. Group Discounts will apply for a group of ten people or more.



Summer Canoe Trips 2018

FOR GROUP DATES OR PRICES PLEASE CALL 1 888 754 8735 (1 888 SKI TREK)

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Canoe Trips Rate Dates
Overnight Canoe Trip $470.00 + 5% GST Jun 27  July 4, 11, 18, 25  Aug 1, 8, 15 
3 Day Canoe Trip

FAMILY TRIPS (Teens)*
FAMILY TRIPS (Kids)*
$575.00 + 5% GST Jun 19 July 3, 17, 31 Aug 14, 28 Sept 11

As we get bookings, we will list which trips have kids here so your family can find new buddies!
6 Day Canoe Trip

FAMILY TRIPS (Teens)*

FAMILY TRIPS (Kids)*
$1300.00 + 5% GST

First booking sets the dates!
Jun 26   Jul 10, 24   Aug 7, 21   Sept 4, 18

 

  • All prices include guide, accommodation, meals and transport to and from trailhead from Clearwater.
  • Kids 17 and under are 25% off. Please call or write for special family departures. If you have a group of friends or family that need a special date , please contact us. Group Discounts will apply for a group of ten people or more.


Family Canoe Trips 2018

FOR GROUP DATES OR PRICES PLEASE CALL 1 888 754 8735 (1 888 SKI TREK)

  • To view complete trip Itineraries click on the Trip title
Canoe Trips Rates Dates
2 Day Family Canoe Trip

 
$395.00 + 5%GST

25% off 1st two
kids and 30% off any others.   if more than one family books, all kids will be 30% off.

 July        August   
As we start to make bookings for the summer of 2018,  we will list departure dates for families here.  Why don't you book the first date? 
 
3 Day Family Canoe Trip
 
$575.00 + 5% GST

Does your family need another date?  Call or email!  
 
  • All prices include guide, accommodation, meals and transport to and from trailhead from Clearwater.
  •  Please call or write for special family departures. If you have a group of friends or family that need a special date , please contact us. Group Discounts will apply for a group of ten people or more.


Overnight Canoe Trip Itinerary

For more information please call 1 888 754 8735 or email info@skihike.com

Day 1: We will pick you up at your accommodation, or meet you at our office and drive 1 hour to the canoe dock on Clearwater Lake. We then paddle approximately 2.5 to 4 hours to our beach campsite. All campsites have outhouses, tables, fire-pits, and tent sites. We will set up camp and spend some time swimming, fishing or exploring before a great supper. After supper you may want an evening paddle to watch the stars or maybe a glass of wine around the campfire before retiring to your comfortable tent for the night.
Clearwater Lake Canoe LOW
Day 2: Today we have a leisurely start. After breakfast and a swim, we can start to take camp down. We load up the canoes and paddle down the other side of the lake to the canoe dock. We then start back down the Wells Gray Road for a tour of the famous waterfalls. We will visit Helmecken Falls (the fourth highest in Canada) and walk into Dawson Falls. You will be awed by your Wells Gray wild waters experience.


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3 Day Summer Canoe Trip Itinerary

For more information please call 1 888 754 8735 or email info@skihike.com

This is the perfect family adventure!

Canoe in Wells Gray Park BCDay 1: We will pick you up at your accommodation, or meet you at our office and drive 1 hour to the canoe dock on Clearwater Lake. We then paddle approximately 2.5 to 4 hours to our beach campsite. All campsites have outhouses, tables, fire-pits, and tent sites. We will set up camp and spend some time swimming, fishing or exploring before a great supper. After supper you may want an evening paddle to watch the stars or maybe a glass of wine around the campfire before retiring to your comfortable tent for the night.

Day 2: Today there are many options. We can pack a lunch and explore up lake for fishing holes or paddle to the end of the lake where the Clearwater River pours into the lake and forms a small lagoon. If you would like to stretch your legs, you can hike to an amazing viewpoint.  Would you rather explore the lake?  We can pack a lunch and start paddling.  You will stop and explore amazing beaches and hike into a lovely waterfall.   Or, you may choose to stay in camp and swim or sit in the sun and read or you might choose a combination of all these activities.

Day 3: Today we have a leisurely start. After breakfast and a swim, we can start to take camp down. We load up the canoes and paddle down the other side of the lake to the canoe dock. We then start back down the Wells Gray Road for a tour of the famous waterfalls. We will visit Helmecken Falls (the fourth highest in Canada) and walk into Dawson Falls. You will be awed by your Wells Gray wild waters experience.

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6 Day Summer Canoe Trip Itinerary

For more information please call 1 888 754 8735 or email info@skihike.com

The only way to access the heart of Wells Gray Park is through Clearwater and Azure Lake, two of the premier canoeing lakes in British Columbia. Wildlife viewing on both lakes is excellent as wolf, deer, and moose are frequently seen. No canoeing experience is needed as our guides are also instructors and all trip members will have the opportunity to perfect Canadian canoeing techniques. You will cover a spectacular and diverse 60 or 100 km on this trip.

Day 1: After meeting at our office at 9:00 or being picked up at your accommodation; we have a scenic one hour drive to Clearwater Lake and the trip's starting point. At Clearwater Lake we off-load all of our gear and pack it onto the Rainbow Mist for a boat ride up Clearwater Lake and then up the Clearwater River and into Azure Lake. You will be amazed at how spectacularly beautiful the country you are experiencing is. After about 45 minutes, you leave the easy shorelines of Clearwater Lake and by the time you have boated up the Clearwater River Azure Lake is offering views of spectacular cliffs and snow capped peaks. The Mist drops you off at the beautiful Rainbow Falls Campsite where we set up our camp for the next two nights. All campsites have outhouses, tables, fire-pits, and tent sites.

Day 2: After a great breakfast you will explore the beautiful area around Rainbow Falls Campsite. You will hike through an incredible fairy tale forest covered in soft moss to see Rainbow Falls itself and then head back to camp for some lunch. There will be a canoeing practice session and then you can choose to spend the day fishing, swimming, building sandcastles, or exploring the Lake.

Day 3: By now we have made a dent in our food so it will be time to pack up the lighter load and start down Azure Lake to our next camping spot on Indian Point. Today's paddle will take between 3.5 and 4 hours. With plenty of snacks and a bucket of rocks to throw overboard this will be a wonderful day! We will paddle close to the shore and see gorgeous trees, multicoloured rocks, birds, and, if we are lucky, some wildlife.

Day 4: This morning we paddle down the Clearwater River into Clearwater Lake. This portion of our journey is classified as moving water and by now everyone will have been in their canoes long enough to be comfortable with it. After we reach the north end of Clearwater Lake we will paddle to our campsite and spend the evening looking straight into the mountains that surround Azure Lake. Today's paddle is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

Day 5: After a hot cup of tea or coffee on the beach admiring the view and a bit of breakfast you will pack up the boats and head across the lake to the east side. Our destination today is one of the most famous campsites on the Lake - Barview. Barview Campsite is home to one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches you will experience this side of the Caribbean! We hope to get there early enough to play in the sun and build many spectacular sand castles. Today our paddle will be about the same length as the day before, 2.5 to 3 hours. Barview Campground is the perfect place for star-gazing and after a spaghetti dinner you will be ready to lay on the beach and stare at the spectacle.

Day 6: A 2.5 hour paddle back to the put-in-point and the vehicle. You get off the Lake in the early afternoon. On the return drive you stop in and see the famous Helmcken and Dawson waterfalls along the way.

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Canoe Trip Equipment List

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Good quality Rain Coat and Pants (with hat or hood)
  • Running Shoes for camp
  • Shoes for the boat - diving shoes or flip flops
  • Warm wool or fleece coat
  • Sun hat
  • Shirt and pants (both short and long sleeves)
  • Personal Toiletries including sun screen, sun glasses
  • Towel, water bottle, flashlight
  • Any Personal Medications
  • Duffle Bag or Pack which holds all personal equipment
Note: We provide two dry bags per person; one large for your camp gear and a small clear one for cameras etc.

 

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