Paddle one of British Columbia's last great wilderness rivers on these canoeing tours down either the Upper Stikine and Lower Stikine River. Many have called the Stikine River the "gateway to the vast interior of northwest Canada," making a canoeing adventure on this wilderness highway unforgettable.
Coursing through the Coast Range, the Lower Stikine River or "Great River," as it's known by the local Tlingit, boasts vast glaciated mountains, icebergs, hot springs and First Nations fish camps. Wildlife viewing is excellent - grizzlies, black bears and Bald Eagles are attracted to the lush coastal environment. John Muir, travelling up the Stikine from its mouth in 1879, called the lower Stikine "a Yosemite 100 miles long."
Travel through two countries and paddle through some amazing coastal scenery on this Lower Stikine River trip. This 165 mile (267 km) canoeing expedition begins near the town of Telegraph Creek in British Columbia and winds its way to the coast, ending in Wrangell, Alaska. Along the way you will pass by vast glaciated mountains, icebergs, hot springs and native fishing camps and there is excellent wildlife viewing all along the route.
On the Upper Stikine trip you beginning in a long mountain lake nestled in the dramatic Spatsizi Plateau. From here you'll canoe the Upper Stikine River and explore the alpine reaches of Spatsizi Wilderness Park. The Stikine River offers an exciting and varied experience for paddlers comfortable with Class II and III whitewater. Your journey culminates at the "Grand Canyon" of the Stikine River and the Spatsizi wilderness park is home to B.C.'s largest herd of woodland caribou.
The Upper Stikine, a coastal range river, takes us on a 225-kilometre journey with an elevation drop of 303 metres (approx. 909 feet) from the top of the Spatsizi Plateau to the upper end of the river's Grand Canyon.