The Northeast gets
short shrift when it comes to river rafting; rivers farther west such as the Stikine
River and the Skeena River get all the glory. But being less popular
means being less crowded.
Rafting below Toad
River Canyon, Northern BC
Photo: Main Current Expeditions
Nine-day organized rafting excursions are run on
the Liard River, launching in BC at Fireside on the Alaska Highway, 40
km south of the Yukon. The Grand Canyon on the Liard River contains sections of
severe rapids (Class IV and higher). The take-out for the trip is on the Grayling
River, from which rafters return by air to Watson Lake or Whitehorse in the Yukon
Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park encompasses
665,709 hectares of wilderness in northeastern BC. It is the largest of all the
parks in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area and the third largest provincial park
in BC. The area borders Stone Mountain Park to the northwest and Kwadacha Wilderness
Park and Recreation Area to the southwest. In combination, these areas protect
a vast portion of the northeastern mountain landscape, creating an unparalleled
Rafting trips out of
Fort Nelson are organized on the Tuchodi River, which rises in Kwadacha
Wilderness Park flowing through the Tuchodi Lakes to join the Muskwa River,
and the Gataga River, rising in the northern peaks of the Rocky Mountains
and joining the Liard River.
Tuchodi River - Multi-day trip starting
from Tuchodi Lakes (air access only) down the Tuchodi River to the Muskwa River
and on to Kledo Creek boat launch which is accessible from the Alaska Highway.
Muskwa River - Multi-day trip starting just below the upper canyon on the Muskwa
River (air access only) to the Kledo Creek boat launch, which is accessible from
the Alaska Highway. Most of the main rivers and creeks have trails that were established
by guide outfitters, but few are well maintained.
The Northern Rocky
Mountains Park is located approximately 90 km southwest of Fort Nelson. The Alaska
Highway (# 97) runs along a portion of the northern park. Access to the park is
by riverboat, horse, aircraft and foot.
Ten-day rafting expeditions are
offered on the Gataga River and the upper Kechika River systems.
This wild and untamed area is very remote, and the river is seldom travelled.
This newly protected area supports some of the largest concentrations of large
mammals in North America, earning the title Serengeti of the North. This
trip uses Fort Nelson as an arrival
and departure point, with transportation to and from Muncho Lake provided.
Only a few companies make regular runs in this area, but as other whitewater
rivers in British Columbia become too crowded, so this may change in the northeast
in the future.