Hi, thanks for mentioning my blog, Wetcoast Views
I highly recommend a trip on the Taseko-Chilcotin-Fraser (or Chilko instead of the Taseko, if you want to step it up a bit). No permits needed, road shuttle (but 4WD!), excellent scenery, wildlife, no crowds. A rafter friend from Nevada was on our trip and he just couldn’t believe that we were the only people on the rivers. But as a side-note, we did this in September at relatively low water levels. Most (all?) rapids get considerably more difficult at higher levels, especially the Fraser (1.200 m3/s = 42.000 f3/s when we ran it, but for example 180.000 f3/s this year in early August). BC Water Levels can be found here Text Search - Real-time Hydrometric Data - Environment Canada
The Taseko is somewhat easier than the Chilko (Bidwell and White Mile), but still has one class 4 rapid, and a few other rather interesting sections. And there is no road along the Taseko, so walking out is not an option. The Chilcotin picks up at Farwell Canyon (class 4) through Big John Canyon (class 3 big wave train when we did it at 120 m3/s in 2007) to the confluence with the Fraser. The Fraser is mostly scenic but has a couple of interesting big water rapids, most notably one above Big Bar Ferry and several in the last 20 miles above the take-out. We did the 200 miles from Chilko Lake to above Lillooet (above Bridge Rive Rapid) in 8 days. This meant long hours on the water and it may be a good idea to allot more time. There is lots of great scenery and potential for good hiking (especially on the Fraser). Feel free to contact me if you have more questions.
BTW: Taseko and Chilko River (and lots of other rivers in SW BC) are described in a whitewater kayaking guidebook “Whitewater in Southwestern British Columbia”. http://wetcoastpublishing.com
. I happen to be the author. Not sure if anybody in the US carries the book anymore. Colorado Kayak Supply used to have it. Western Canoeing and Kayaking here in BC may ship to the US, but shipping costs could be high. If all fails I have a few copies left.
For more info you could also try posting on the Vancouver Kayak Club forum
Tatshenshini and Alsek in Northern BC and Alaska are definitely amazing and highly recommended trips, but permits are needed and logistics and costs are more challenging since it is necessary to fly out from Dry Bay at the end of the trip.