Dates: July 30th – August 3rd, 2020
Price: $2350 + gst
Location: Smithers, B.C.
Pre Requisites: Prior SUP river paddling experience and training is required on this trip.
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.
- 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 $200 deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your place on the expedition with the balance to be paid 30 days prior to trip departure. Payments can be made via email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellation 30 days prior to trip start date will result in a refund less $200. There is no refund for trips cancelled within 30 days of trip departure.
A Journey through time on the River of Mist.
A new adventure for 2020, I am really 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 in Northern B.C. its course runs through some of the most spectacular wilderness in the world as it cuts through the rugged Coast Mountains and empties on the North Coast of BC. The Skeena is one of the most untouched wilderness river experiences in the world. The river provides habitat and is legendary for fish, wolves, bear, moose, and wolverines to name some of the wildlife one is likely to see at this time of year. The Skeena River is the lifeblood of the people here and will connect you to the traditional lands and harvesting grounds of the Gitxsan and Tsimshian People who have called this area home for time immemorial.
The River Experience
Paddling the Skeena will be an incredible experience. It’s a drop pool river with manageable white water and long easy stretches. Paddlers have the option to ride in the raft at any point in the trip. The river camps are gorgeous and untouched with beautiful views of the river and surrounding north coast mountains. For those who have been Hartley Bay with me 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.
I am excited to be leading this trip with Walter Bucher, a close friend and mentor. Walter is a river man and accomplished in all areas of paddling and rescue. He is the founder of Raven Rescue and has 25 years of experience in search & rescue and technical rescue instruction throughout North America. Walter has led white water paddling and rafting expeditions around the world and knows the Skeena River very well. This will be a learning opportunity for us all. 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 for our five day adventure from Kuldo to the historic village of Ksan in Old Hazelton.
What to Bring
Our river trip will be a raft supported trip. You will be limited to one large dry bag and one small dry bag. All of your clothing and camping gear including tent and sleeping bag will be put into the one dry bag. You will have a smaller dry bag for personal items and gear that you will carry on your board. Norm Hann Expeditons can provide a large dry bag if required.
- booties or river sandals(for paddling)
- Light hiking/Camp shoes
- 2 pair of socks
- 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
- 2 synthetic t shirts
- 1 fleece top or fleece jacket
- down/synthetic jacket
- Waterproof/goretex jacket
- long underwear
- long hiking pants
- waterproof/goretex rain pants
Head and Hands
- 1 sun hat or ball cap
- sleeping bag
- sleeping pad
- small pillow
- water bottle
- personal toiletries
- personal medication
- insect repellant
- sunglasses/prescription eyewear
- notebook/journal/reading material
- camera, batteries
- headlamp with extra batteries
- individual nutritional requirements
We will arrive in the beautiful town of Smithers prior to day one where have our meet and greet. We will do a group pack of the shuttle van and trailer with rafts and river gear for our 6:00 am departure the following day. We will then head out for dinner and for a tour of the local breweries.
6:00am departure in shuttle from Smithers to Kispiox. From there we head up the forestry road to the village of Kuldo and to the confluence of the Kuldo and Skeena Rivers. We will have a packed lunch before we arrive at the put in where we will prep for the river, safety briefing and paddle to camp 1. Once there will set camp, make diner and relax by the river around an evening fire.
Up for breakfast, then a pack up of camp, safety briefing and paddle to our lunch spot on the Skeena. From there we will paddle to camp 2 for another evening of stories and river history.
Similar to the last couple of days we will make our way down the Skeena River. We try to be on the water by 10am and off by 3pm in the afternoon, with about an hour for lunch. This allows us to keep everybody fed and strong. Depending on water levels this might vary slightly. If we encounter any problems we have the ability to deal with things during daylight hours.
Another spectacular day of river paddling before finding our campsite for the final evening where we will have option of wilderness sauna with river dip. This will be followed by another incredible river side meal where we will enjoy a campfire and final river reflections.
One of the highlights will be a stop to visit the totems at confluence of Kispiox and Skeena River. It will be a long day on the river ending at the historic village of K’san in Hazelton. From there we will shuttle to Smithers where you can then spend one final evening enjoying the high from our week of paddling.