A paddle down Bulkley Canyon

One of the last paddles I got on this past summer was the Canyon section of the Bulkley river between Moricetown and Hazelton.

After a late night dinner and good tequila by the fire at Bulkley River Lodge to finish off the staff trip on the Babine river (post coming soon). Chris, Ursula, and myself were able to rally in the morning(ish) to the Bulkley under a beautiful blue bird sky.

Dave, Chris and Ursula ready for a day of paddling at the Put in

The flows were looking quite good and we knew we had around 23km of paddling ahead of us. There are two main rapids on this run one in the first canyon called One Man Crowd.

Chris and Ursula scouting One Man Crowd

There are some absolutely stunning spots within these walls and it was a spectacular day to go and check it out.

“I have never seen a river that I could not love. Moving water… has a fascinating vitality. It has power and grace and associations. It has a thousand colors and a thousand shapes, yet it follows laws so definite that the tiniest streamlet is an exact replica of a great river.”

~ Roderick Haig-Brown

In the 2nd distinct canyon there is another named rapid called Featherbed, it had a large hole in the middle with some beautiful waves down the river right hand side. A very fun rapid to run.

Chris and Ursula coming through the bottom of Featherbed

Shortly below this you paddle under Hagwilget bridge, which was built in 1931 and is 262 ft above the Bulkley river. Try and catch Stinky wave on river left for a good surf.

From there we had a few more kilometers of paddling down to Hazelton through some beautiful canyons.

Heading to Hazelton

This is a worthwhile paddle if your in the area. Also check out more info from the Rockin’ Whitewater Guide Book by Tania Millen.

Check out Ursula’s Silver Work HERE

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