Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Pete and I were packed up and on our way by 3pm and indeed passed another three vehicles driving into the Elaho Valley and I could not resist at least commenting, ‘Just as I thought – plenty of people come up here at weekends’, ‘I think you are obsessed with getting to Clendinning and I am sure you will get there at some point Michael – that’s the kind of guy you are’. I had brought a couple of head torches, two gas lanterns and a solar panned tent lamp which was a Christmas present from Sarah last year and which gives off a lot of light so our campsite was well lit but we were both in our tents and reading by 9pm. And less than an hour after leaving Horseshoe Bay we were at Squamish, about half way to Whistler. Wedge offers Whitewater Rafting Tours in Whistler, BC from 2.5 hour excursions to full day adventures, departing Whistler Village up to eight times daily. as we passed a spot where the road was widened to allow people to pull over. Elaho River is a stream located just 15.1 miles from Garibaldi, in Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, in the province of British Columbia, Canada. And so as Pete signed up for a camping trip and still wanted to camp I thought it was somewhat unfair and petulant not worth the aggro to pull the plug on the trip so tuned right, crossed the Elaho River and headed back to the Molson Memorial Site – named after two brothers who died there within a year of each other. We were wrong! We followed the Squamish River Valley as we drove north from Squamish with the Tantulus mountains in the background. We got quite high before realising we were on the wrong road and turning around. Nepal: Nov 25 – Dec 6 2018, 54 Alpine Panoramas (June to November 2018), 52 Fedal – we will never see their like again. In truth I would not have given the small boulder/big rock a second thought if Pete had not mentioned it as I had certainly seen bigger obstructions on smaller forestry roads. Camping gear; tent (for 2 people), sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Rafts on the bank of the Elaho River, Squamish BC. When the sun is beating down as it has been in BC for the last few weeks, the only thing you want to be near is cool, refreshing water. Straight down the Elaho and Squamish river valleys. Next time you visit Canada and want to explore some mild 4wd back roads, I’d love to tag along in my own vehicle if you’re privy! As everyone knows Canada is a nation with no shortage of forests and forestry is and has been a major a pillar for the Canadian economy since time immemorial as well as a keen topic of debate between environmentalists and traditionalists in recent decades. Not one … *Fishing Spots* Boat Launches Camping Sites U-Catch Trout Parks. A limited selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are provided on the trip. At the end of the Elaho Exhilarator route, we’ll continue our journey for a few more miles down the river until we reach our remote wilderness camp area. The roads are built to provide access for large trucks and so whilst some are over flat terrain and can be used by normal cars all are suitable for a more strongly built four wheel drive vehicle. Our three children now 31, 29 and 27 are very close with their Canadian cousins (as I am an only child they have no close relatives in the UK now my mother has passed away) so there was never any doubts that the five of us would be reunited for Adams’s wedding to Beth last summer and Patrick’s wedding to Meghan this summer. Thank you. Hop in your raft and begin paddling down the Elaho River. Although we were on the wrong road we were rewarded with some spectacular backcountry scenery. After about 45km, we turned left to cross the Squamish River and get onto the Elaho Mainline, which would trace the Elaho River and bring us up the Elaho Valley. Elaho River Camping We cheated for this one and drove right in to a site (for free) on the Elaho River just outside of Squamish. We had previously checked it out but initially thought it was not the correct road. If Pete had concerns all he needed to do was to talk them through and agree a course of action but now he was imposing his wishes on me without any discussion and in a fairly aggressive and offensive manner. So we ended up camping at the small Molson Memorial Recreation site. We passed Porteau Cove as we drove north along the Howe Sound towards Squamish. I had no idea what the two vehicles we had seen had been up to as there was no sign of any logging. BC Ferries River Levels Sunrise/Sunset Tides Weather. A close-up of the side stream flowing into the Elaho . My mistake was not to realise that a guy who can go out on a Marine Search and Rescue in rough seas and steer a 50 ft boat across the Straits of Georgia in almost Gale Force winds as he did for us last year could be fazed and unnerved by driving along a not so remote forestry road! Change ). Louise ditched her day time job as a news reporter in Ireland to go on a six month sabbatical to see the world. Louise had a list comprising every country she wanted to see and adventure to embark on and managed to achieve it- exploring everything from the depths of Antarctica to the mist covered mountains of Japan. ‘So you are one of those guys who likes to put the tents up as soon as we get to the campsite?’ Pete asked in a not unfriendly manner. In the UK we have lived in the small hamlet of Stowell since 1987 and whenever there is persistent rain two of the three access roads regularly floods to up to 12 inches or more for several hundred metres between the hedgerows and we just drive through it – no worries. However whether I invite Pete along for a trip on land rather than afloat, and whether if invited he would accept are both I suspect highly doubtful! The Canadian Outback river guides are entertaining (plus they do a lot of the paddling while you sit and enjoy the surrounds on flat sections of the river) and point out the old growth forests, dormant volcanoes, towering glaciers, and stunning waterfalls that cascade hundreds of feet towards the river. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a2ddb0b8b3035067087a204aa64ecc79" );document.getElementById("f85711deb8").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. August 14 -16 2019, 57 ‘It’s been a long time coming’ – Beaverdam Camp, South Chilcotin, British Columbia, Canada. I am very conscious that although I have close connections to Beautiful British Colombia in Canada I have never written an article that has given me the opportunities to extol the virtues of both Vancouver as a city and BC as almost certainly the most scenically attractive part of North America. So the moral of this story is very much if you ever plan a wilderness camping trip (Wilderness? I could not see that it was going to be a very pleasurable trip from hereon and how well did I know Pete anyway. When the rain does not stop and its 4am after the live football telecast from Europe has finished at the Sports Bar I have often had to drive home on my motor bike through flooded streets carefully dodging the bags of rubbish that were waiting for the refuse collector but which are now floating towards me. As I drove along above West Vancouver and the British Properties on the Upper Levels Highway towards the Lions Gate Bridge I remembered I had also invited my friend Varton from Vancouver Island to join us for a Road trip/Camping trip and for a while this had seemed a possibility. We had a good weather and a great crew and managed to summit Buck, Zig Zag, Storey, Charlie Charlie, Pykett, Icecap and Amicus. river to Elaho, get picked up by a party that is camping in Elaho. The Elaho / Squamish area is full of amazing adventures and I am always excited to return to the area. Pull on your safety gear and paddle through the Elaho River’s class III and IV rapids with your guide. (The Elaho Giant Camp is a great place to camp if you're arriving at night, with a good water source at Sundown Creek). I was not really in the mood for conversation so just headed back along the forestry road when Pete said. - See 928 traveler reviews, 116 candid photos, and great deals for Whistler, Canada, at Tripadvisor. The river rafting and kayaking along the Elaho is also world renowned and you'll pass by some pretty scared looking people getting ready for their raft. Loved the read and shame about your company bogging down the trip. The Elaho river is an ideal day trip if you are wanting to combine some heart pounding fun on the river, with stunning west coast scenery. I have no idea if the comments of the Ranger, our subsequent visitors from New Westminster and the cars we saw on the way out made any impression on Pete. Rafts on the bank of the Elaho River, Squamish BC When the sun is beating down as it has been in BC for the last few weeks, the only thing you want to be near is cool, refreshing water. Interestingly enough there was meant to be a dead end forestry road up the south side of the main Elaho River but a bridge carrying it was no longer and a culvert/drain pipe was lying on the bank of the river. I had suggested to Pete that we use backcountry and forestry roads for a short road trip. I was fairly sure that Pete, a similar age to myself (late 60s) would be a good fit and personable companion. Another view of the antenna and Mt Ralph in the distance. Anyway we turned around and descended the 8km back to the junction and on our way Pete asked. I was absolutely flabbergasted. The evening passed pleasantly enough chatting about this and that and I said I was tempted to drive up to Clendinning tomorrow to check it out for future reference but just as quickly thought to do so was probably irresponsible because if for any reason my trusty Jeep broke down or I had a mishap Pete would be left on his own. We retraced our route back to the Elaho Valley Forestry Road. This half-day tour is suitable for all ages and is especially memorable for anyone interested in photography, wildlife, or bird watching. Yours seem a lot more straight forward. The conservancy contains the headwaters of the Elaho River, which … There are several beautiful hiking trails around the area, or you can relax along the sandy shores of the Elaho river. And not at all impressed. I found a fairly recent (2013) report of the drive to Clendinning Park posted online by the BC 4 x4 Club which advised it was possible as a long day excursion from Vancouver and the road was normally suitable for ordinary two wheel drive vehicles. 36 A Camp Too Far – The Elaho Valley, BC, Canada – August 22 2016, 58 The Höhbalmen Route, Zermatt, Switzerland – A Photographic Essay. A water fall from a side stream- the mist was intense and very cold. Response from Rafting R, Reservations Agent at Wet and Wild Elaho Rafting - Squamish Departure. As the sun sets and night starts to fall, pitch camp by the fireside and fall asleep under the stars. Meet-up and wrap-up will be the Executive Suites … If we were meant to be here I am telling you we would be seeing more tourists’. At 96 km keep left at 'E-1000/E-Main' fork to continue on E-1000. I always assumed Pete was a fairly calm and laid back guy from our two sailing trips and his visit to Thailand but I had never before had anyone jump out of a vehicle and demand I turn around. Looking along our HF antenna towards the east. Read more . It is simply breathtaking. Float down the Cheakamus River for a unique view of the world’s largest bald eagle gathering, spawning wild salmon, local wildlife, and cascading waterfalls. Explore British Columbia’s rugged wilderness on this 2-day camping and river-rafting trip in Squamish. Half-Day tour is suitable for all ages of surface water on the road - Thai style begin down... 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