Dates: July 30 – August 3st, 2020

Price: $2699 + gst

Location: Smithers, B.C.

Cost Includes the Following

  • River Guides Norm Hann, Walter & Amy Bucher
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on day 5
  • All guiding  fees
  • Four nights remote river camping.
  • Raft and Kayak Supported
  • Inflatable Standup Paddleboards and all safety and paddling equipment.
  • 1 large and 1 small dry bag for expedition packing
  • $100 Donation per person to the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.

Price Does Not Include the Following

  • Transportation to and from Smithers, B.C.
  • Gratuities
  • Fishing License (if you want to fish)
  • Personal belongings and equipment (see equipment & packing list)
  • Accommodation in Smithers before and after trip.
  • Any extra expenses incurred because of weather, logistical delays, or delayed departures of chartered or scheduled aircraft.


A $500 deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your place on the expedition with the balance to be paid 60 days prior to trip departure. Full payments can be made via email transfer to or by credit card. A 3% service charge will be added to the invoice for all credit card payments.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation 60 days prior to trip start date will result in a refund of deposit less $200. Cancellation within 59-30 days prior to trip start date will result in a refund of 50% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund for trips cancelled within 30 days of trip departure.

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A Cultural Paddling Experience on one of the Greatest Salmon Rivers in the World.

” A new adventure for 2020, I am excited to offer this river paddling trip on the Skeena River, a historic and cultural waterway and one of the greatest, wild rivers in Canada. Born from the Sacred Headwaters of Northern, B.C. its course runs through some of the most spectacular wilderness in the world and empties in the North Pacific south of Prince Rupert and in the heart of Tsimshian Territory. A journey of power, transformation and tradition.” – Norm

The Skeena River is the second-longest river entirely within British Columbia, Canada. Since ancient times, the Skeena has been an important transportation artery, particularly for the Tsimshian and the Gitxsan —whose names mean “inside the Skeena River” and “people of the Skeena River,” respectively. The river and its basin sustain a wide variety of fish, wildlife, and vegetation; and communities native to the area depend on the health of the river. The Tsimshian migrated to the Lower Skeena River, and the Gitxsan occupy territory of the Upper Skeena. For those who have been to the Great Bear Rainforest and Hartley Bay with Norm there is a special connection as the Gitga’at people originated from the village of Kuldo, the place we will be starting our river trip. The Gitga’at then migrated down the Skeena and eventually to their territory in Douglas Channel.

Norm will be leading this trip with Walter Bucher, a close friend and mentor. Walter is accomplished to say the least. He is the original founder of Raven Rescue and has 25 years of experience in search & rescue and technical rescue instruction.  He has taught technical rescue around the world including Sweden, Japan and South Africa. In addition, Walter is the Deputy Emergency Coordinator for the Town of Smithers, was a volunteer firefighter with the Smithers Fire Department for over ten years, and coordinates swiftwater rescue for Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue. Walter has led white water paddling and rafting expeditions around the world and Norm is fortunate to combine passions with Walt and to offer this unique trip.

Walter will be joined by his wife Amy, an accomplished paddler and adventurer, and both will be bringing their vast knowledge and river paddling experience on the Skeena River for our five day adventure from Kuldo to the historic village of Ksan in Old Hazelton.

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What to Bring


  • booties or river sandals(for paddling)
  • Light hiking/Camp shoes
  • 2 pair of socks

Upper Body

  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • 2 synthetic t shirts
  • 1 fleece top or fleece jacket
  • down/synthetic jacket
  • Waterproof/goretex jacket

Lower Body

  • long underwear
  • long hiking pants
  • waterproof/goretex rain pants
  • underwear
  • shorts/boardshorts

Head and Hands

  • toque/beanie
  • 1 sun hat or ball cap

Camping Gear

  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • small pillow

Additional Gear

  • water bottle
  • personal toiletries
  • personal medication
  • towel
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • binoculars
  • sunglasses/prescription eyewear
  • notebook/journal/reading material
  • camera, batteries
  • headlamp with extra batteries
  • individual nutritional requirements/snacks

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