Alsek River
Nearest Center
Whitehorse
Province
YT
Access
Hwy 3 to 1

Contact: Kluane National Park, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/alsek.html

Season: Mid to late summer

Level of Difficulty: Expert, Extreme

Description: Locate in Kluane National Park this is a particularly scenic river. Navigation can on the Alsek is only possible with rafts and/or kayaks.

Route Length: 250 km

Maps: 115A, 114O, 114P National Topo Series, 1:250, 000 scale

Feed by glaciers within the St Elias Mountains. All overnight camping requires permits in the park.
 

Arctic Red River
Nearest Center
Inuvik
Province
NT
Access
Dempster Highway

Contact: Economic Development and Tourism NWT, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/arctic.html

Season: Mid to late summer

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate, Expert

Description: Located in the north western section of the territories near the Yukon border the river flows into the Mackenzie. This river travels through a wide variation of terrain.

Route Length: 450km

Maps: 106N, 106K, 106G, 106B National Topo Series, 1:250,000

This is a true wilderness area and the appropriate skills and planning are required.
 

Athabasca River
Nearest Center
Jasper
Province
AB
Access
Hwy 93

Contact: Jasper National Park, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/athabasc.html

Season: Spring, Summer

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate, Expert

Description: The difficulty of the river varies considerably with the section.

Maps: 83C/3, 4, 5, 12, 13, 83D/16, 83E/1, 83F/4, 5 National Topo Series, 1:50,000 scale

This is one of the most beautiful areas in Canada.
 

Bay du Nord River
Nearest Center
Gander
Province
NF
Access
Hwy 1

Contact: Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/baydunord.html

Season: Summer

Level of Difficulty:

Description: A wide variety of recreational opportunities are available.

Route Length:

Maps: 2D, 1M at 1:250,000 and 2D7, 3, 1M14, 11

Only a section of this river has been designated.
 

Bloodvein River
Nearest Center
Winnipeg (MB), Kenora (ON)
Province
ON/MB
Access
Fly in

Contact: Manitoba and Ontario Natural Resources, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/blood.html

Season: Summer, Fall

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate, Expert

Description: The Bloodvien is characterized by the multitude of small rapids throughout its length. This is a true wilderness river with lots of variety.

Route Length: 300km+

Maps: 52M, 62P National Topo Series, 1:250, 000 scale

This is an excellent canoeing river.
 

Bonnet Plume River
Nearest Center
Dawson, Fort McPherson
Province
YT
Access
Fly in

Contact: Yukon Department of Renewable Resources, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/bonnet.html

Season: Mid to late summer

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate, Expert

Description: This is a isolate and challenging white water river with great diversity. It's locate in the northern Yukon near the Northwest Territories border.

Route Length:

Maps: 106C, 106D, 106F, 106E National Topo Series, 1:250,000 scale

Trip length is in the area of 7 to 9 days.
 

Boundary Waters Waterway
Nearest Center
Thunder Bay
Province
ON
Access
Hwy 61

Contact: Quetico Provincial Park, Boundary Waters Canoe Area (US), Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/bwaters.html

Season: Spring - Fall

Level of Difficulty: Novice, Expert

Description: Amongst the finest wilderness canoe area in the world, this was a key route of the Voyageurs. This is an area as opposed to a river and as such provides no end of routes.

Route Length:

Maps: 52A/3, 4, 52B/1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the National Topo Series 1:250,000 scale

There are thousand of kilometers of canoe routes in this area.
 

Clearwater River
Nearest Center
Prince Albert, La Lache,
Province
SK
Access
Hwy 155 to 955

Contact: Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture Saskatchewan, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/clearwtr.html

Season: Summer

Level of Difficulty: Expert

Description: The Clearwater is located in northwestern Saskatchewan at the Alberta border. This is a varied route with lots of challenges. This is a true wilderness river even though it may be accessed by road.

Route Length: 300km

Maps: 74B, 74C, 74D, 74F National Topo Series 1:250,000 scale

Intermediates fair well in the lower section of the river but the access is more difficult.
 

French River
Nearest Center
North Bay
Province
ON
Access
Hwy 17

Contact: French River Provincial Park, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/french.html

eason: Spring, Summer

Level of Difficulty:

Description: A historically and scenically significant river.

Route Length: 110km

Maps: 31L/4, 41I/1, 41I/2, 41H/5 National Topo Series, 1:50,000

The river runs through some very diverse and beautiful areas.
 

Grand River
Nearest Center
Kitchener/Wateloo
Province
ON
Access
Hwy 401

Phone: 519-621-2763 ext 281

Fax: 519-621-4844

Contact: The Grand River Conservation Authority

E-mail: bveale@grandriver.on.ca

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/grand.html

Alternate Internet: http://www.grandriver.on.ca

Season: Spring - Fall

Nearest Centre: Kitchener Ontario is the largest centre. Other centres in the watershed are - Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo and Brantford.

Level of Difficulty: Novice, Intermediate

Description: This heritage river is known as "The Grand River and its Tributaries", the tributaries being the Speed, Eramosa, Nith and Conestogo Rivers. Good whitewater below Elora Gorge in the spring. This section of the river is considered to be a "world class" trout stream. Hiking and camping are also popular activities along the river.

Route Length: 290km

Maps: 30L13, 30M4, 40P1, 40P8, 40P9, 40P16, 41A1, 40P2, 40P7 Canada Map Office at 1:50,000

Very easy access from major urban centers.
 

Hillsborough (East) River
Nearest Center
Charlottetown
Province
PE
Access
Hwy 1

Contact: Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/hillsb.html

eason: Spring - Fall

Level of Difficulty: Novice

Description: This is essentially an estuary feed by a number of other rivers. This is an historic river system.

Route Length: 45km

Maps: 11L/3, 11L/6, 11L/7

Leading into Charlottetown harbor this is an easy float but it also has considerable traffic.
 

Jacques Cartier
Nearest Center
Quebec
Province
PQ
Access
Hwy 175

Contact: Jacques Cartier Provincial Park, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/jcartier.html

Season: Spring - Fall

Level of Difficulty: Novice, Expert

Description: This is a spectacular area with lots of whitewater of varying difficulty. The section of the river in the park is great for Novices to Intermediates.

Route Length: 177km

Maps: 21L, 21M 1:250,000. 21L/12, 13, 14, 21M/3 at 1:50,000

Within an hours drive from Quebec City.
 

Kazan River
Nearest Center
Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet
Province
NT
Access
Fly in

Contact: Economic Development and Tourism NWT, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/kazan.html

Season: Mid to late summer

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate, Expert

Description: This is a wilderness river requiring serious planning and wilderness skills.

Route Length: 850km

Maps: 56D, 55M, 65P, I, J, K, F, C, D of the National Topo Series, 1:250,000 scale

A very isolate and wild area with lots of wildlife.
 

Kicking Horse River
Nearest Center
Golden
Province
BC
Access
Hwy 1

Contact: Yoho National Park, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://temagami.carleton.ca/canoe/CHRS/athabasc.html

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate, Expert

Description: A very good whitewater river with lots variety and beautiful surroundings.

Maps: 82N1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10 in 1:50,000 and 82N in 1:250,000 scale

Glacier fed the weather will be a heavy determinant of the flow.
 

Main River
Nearest Center
Corner Brook, Sop's Arm
Province
NF
Access
Hwy 1 to 420

Contact: Sop's Arm Provincial Park, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/main.html

Season: Spring, Summer

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate, Expert

Description: Reason access to wild and challenging river.

Route Length: 57km

Maps: 12H, at 1:250,000 and 12H/14E, 14W, 11E, 15W at 1:50,000

The source of the river can only be reached by plane.
 

Margaree - Lake Ainslie River
Nearest Center
Cheticamp
Province
NS
Access
Cabot Trail

Contact: Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/margaree.html

Season: Spring - Fall

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Description: This is a very good river for good canoeists offering lots of challenges and diversity.

Route Length: 120km

Maps: 11K at 1:250,000 and 11K/10, 7, 6, 3 at 1:50,000 scale

Easy access in the Cape Breton area.
 

Mattawa River
Nearest Center
North Bay
Province
ON
Access
Hwy 17

Contact: Mattawa River Provincial Park, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/mattawa.html

Season: Spring, Summer

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Description: A classic Ontario canoe river with lots of historical significance.

Route Length: 43km

Maps: 31L at 1:250,000 and 31L6, 31L7 at 1:50,000

Easily accessible, good facilities but still a beautiful natural area.
 

Missinaibi River
Nearest Center
Sault Ste Marie
Province
ON
Access
Hwy 129 or 11

Contact: Missinaibi Provincial Park, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/missinaibi.html

Season: Summer

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate - Expert

Description: A superb wilderness river with resonable access.

Route Length: 426km

Maps: 42B, 42G, 42J, 42I, 42P at 1:250,000 scale

A great river for experience canoeists.
 

North Saskatchewan River (AB)
Nearest Center
Lake Louise
Province
AB
Access
Hwy 93

Contact: Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/nsask.html

Season: Summer

Level of Difficulty: Novice, Intermediate

Description: The heritage section of the river is a short section in Banff National Park.

Maps: 83C/1, 2, 3, 82N/15, 16 at 1:50,000 scale

Only a section of the river is part of the heritage system. Easy access from the highway.
 

Seal River
Nearest Center
Tadoule
Province
MB
Access
Fly in

Contact: Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/seal.html

Season: Summer

Level of Difficulty: Expert

Description: This is a true wilderness river for expeditions.

Route Length:

Maps: 54L, M, 64I, J, at 1:250,000 and 54L/13, 14, 15, 54M/2, 3, 4, 64I, 13, 14, 15, 16, 64J/9, 10, 16

Only a section of the river is declared as part of the heritage system.
 

Shelburne River
Nearest Center
Digby
Province
NS
Access
 

Contact: Tobeatic Wildlife Management Area, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/shelb.html

Season: Spring - Fall

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Description: As wild and remote as it gets in Nova Scotia just on the border of Kejimkujik National Park. This is a superb canoe tripping area.

Route Length:

Maps: 21A at 1:250,000 and 21A/3, 4, 5, 6

Canoe trips can connect of several other rivers including routes in Kejimkujik.
 

Sopar River
Nearest Center
Iqaluit
Province
NT
Access
Fly in

Contact: Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/soper.html

Season: Mid to late summer

Level of Difficulty: Expert

Description: A wild and remote area with areas little explore by others.

Route Length: 100km

Maps: 25M, 25N, 25K at 1:250,000 and 25K/13, 25, 25N/4, 5, 12, 25M/8, 9

Lots of recreational opportunities for those with the right skills.
 

South Nahanni River
Nearest Center
Nahanni Butte
Province
NT
Access
Fly in

Contact: Nahanni National Park, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/nahanni.html

Season: Mid to late summer

Level of Difficulty: Expert

Description: Exquisite scenery and serious challenges in a classic wilderness.

Maps: 95L, E, F, G, H 105I, J, O, P, H,

 
 

St Croix River
Nearest Center
Fredericton
Province
NB
Access
Hwy 1

Contact: Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/stcroix.html

Season: Summer

Level of Difficulty: Novice - Expert

Description: Situated on the Canada, US border it has water for all skill levels.

Route Length: 185km

Maps: 21G/3, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14 at 1:50,000 scale

The St Croix is easily accessible.
 

Thelon River
Nearest Center
Yellowknife, Reliance
Province
NT
Access
Fly in

Contact: Thelon Game Sanctuary, Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/thelon.html

Season: Mid to late summer

Level of Difficulty: Expert

Description: The largest of the territories rivers it provides access to some of the finest wildlife observation in the North.

Route Length:

Maps: 56D, 66A, B, C, D, 65M, 75P, 75I, O, J, 65N

Running through the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary this is river is unique.
 

Yukon River
Nearest Center
Whitehorse
Province
YT
Access
Hwy 4

Contact: Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Internet: http://voyageur.carleton.ca/chrs/yukon.html

Season: Mid to late summer

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Description: This is a significant historic river.

Maps: 105E at 1:250,000 and 105/E6, 10, 11

Only a section of the river has been designated.
 
 
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