Originally Posted by cxfire
Just curious if you can recommend a good guidebook. Looking for trips in the interior or Kootenays, mainly cats or R2. I just took advantage of an Avy 1 class at Whitewater that was half the price if I took it in the states. Not to mention a fun weekend in Nelson as well. Thanks for letting us across the border.
A few books I would suggest (I have all of these as well):
If you want info on the Thompson River, Bernie Fandrich's book The Majestic Thompson River is the authority on the Thompson River. He posts detailed info on the Thompson's rapids on a km by km basis. Info on Put-ins, & take out-'s as well. https://kumsheen.com/majestic/
Claudia Schwaubs book "Whitewater in Southwestern BC" (2007) is about as good as it gets for many coastal and interior runs in BC. Aimed at kayakers but a good whitewater guidebook nonetheless. Note on this website it talks about the book as well as there are updates (click the tab) to some of the stuff in the book on this website as well as changes have occurred : Wetcoast Publishing - Whitewater in Southwest BC
An oldie but a goodie - For the Kootenays Betty Pratt Johnson's book is pretty good, as well as she has a host of other guidebooks for BC and other areas that you can also find used: Robot Check
- I actually know a guy who used to Kayak with Betty in the 80's through many first descents that helped spur they info that she put in many of her guide books.
Another trip that I've been itching to do is the East Kootenay river launching somewhere in or near Kootenay National park and taking out somewhere downstream. Supposedly very scenic & beautiful. Very popular with the Canoe crowd/clubs for multi days - Generally Class 1-2 with a few Class 3's. Some decent fishing at times apparently. https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/librar...s/bib46523.pdf
Also some video on Youtube of some of the rapids that you can search for.
I've heard the White River, a tributary of the East Kootenays is supposedly really beautiful (detailed in Betty's book). Glacier Raft does commercial trips down it and it's apparently got some fairly continuous Class 2-3 rapids with the odd 4, depending on level. You can apparently do a long day trip or a 2-3 day trip depending on put-in/take outs you choose. There are 2 main sections apparently.
For the Class 4-4+ crowd the Kicking Horse river near Golden is apparently pretty fun (covered in Betty's book). But that's not a river to take lightly. I'd probably do a 1 day commercial raft trip on that river to scope it out with one of the local outfitters before running it if I couldn't find someone who knows the river to show me, but would probably be fun for a higher class water cat boater/R2 team.
I just want to add - consider going a little further north too - the Clearwater River a couple hours north of Kamloops has some good whitewater.