|Flow North in partnership with GeoTourism Canada has created a paddling guide for the Peace River. It is available for free on GeoTourism Canada’s website here:
Paddle the Peace River Guide
We’ve written this guide to the Peace River to be both interesting and practical. From a practical standpoint, we’ve listed possible campsites, emergency road access, and 119 GPS waypoints for major stopping points, like boat launches, camping or rockhounding sites. The guide includes kml and gpx files as well as custom maps. Some major gravel bars and shallow areas are mentioned, but of course, the river is always changing, so it’s very hard to predict what areas will be problematic and what areas you’ll just float right over. You can read the introduction here. Besides the practical stuff, we’ve also researched the history of the river, its landings and settlements, and included plenty of stories and geology. We know you will find this guide interesting and extremely useful!
To help you plan your trip, have a look at the overview below, read this page about trip planning, and then contact us to reserve your boat! The last column of the table below indicates distance paddled if you start in the town of Peace River instead of Hudson’s Hope. Of course, there are many places along the river that you can start from, and you can calculate intermediate distances from the running totals. Guide #1 is about things to do in Hudson’s Hope, the starting point, and the paddling journey starts with Guide #2.
|Guide #||Starts at||Ends at||Places along the way||Road access at the starting point?||km paddled||km from Hudson’s Hope||km from Peace River|
|1||Hudson’s Hope||Hudson’s Hope||W.A.C Bennett dam, Peace Canyon Dam||yes||0||0|
|2||Hudson’s Hope||Halfway River||Lynx Creek, Gates, Farrell Creek||yes||38||38|
|3||Halfway River||Island’s End||Bear Flat, Waterfall, Cache Creek||yes||32||70|
|4||Island’s End||101-km Campsite||Site C dam, Old Fort St. John, Taylor, 3 bridges||no||31||101|
|5||101-km Campsite||Driftwood Campsite||Beatton River, Raspberry Island, PR Corridor Prov. Park||no||32||133|
|6||Driftwood Campsite||Cotillion Rec Area||Clayhurst Bridge, Pouce Coupe River, Clear River||no||32||165|
|7||Cotillion Rec Area||Many Islands Park||Beverly (Deadman’s) Island||yes||40||205|
|8||Many Islands Park||Pratt’s Landing||Montagneuse River, Carter Camp||yes||41||246|
|9||Pratt’s Landing||Fort Dunvegan||Ksituan River, Dunvegan Suspension Bridge||yes||28||274|
|10||Fort Dunvegan||Camp Island||Green Island, Long Island||yes||42||316|
|11||Camp Island||Tangent Park||Kieyho Park, Peace Valley Guest Ranch||yes||36||352|
|12||Tangent Park||Town of Peace River||Mackenzie Cairn, Strong Creek Park, several historic sites||yes||24||376||0|
|13||Town of Peace River||Graham’s Flat||Rail, highway and DMI bridge||yes||32||408||32|
|14||Graham’s Flat||Peace Island||Encampment Island, 30-mile well||no||25||433||57|
|15||Peace Island||Sunny Valley||Whitemud River, Cadotte River||yes*||34||467||91|
|16||Sunny Valley||McCracken’s Flat||Kulyna’s Flats||yes||38||505||129|
|17||McCracken’s Flat||Notikewin Provincial Park||Horseshoe Bend||yes||42||547||171|
|18||Notikewin Provincial Park||Beaver Campsite||pipeline crossing, nice beach||yes||33||580||204|
|19||Beaver Campsite||Cigar Island||Big Bend||no||32||612||236|
|20||Cigar Island||Old Carcajou||Howard’s Landing, Carcajou, Wolverine River||no||33||645||269|
|21||Old Carcajou||La Crete Ferry Campground||Armstrong Flat, Buffalo River, Keg River||yes*||31||676||300|
|22||La Crete Ferry Campground||Horse Point||Le Fleur’s Post, rockhounding, Horse Island||yes||32||708||332|
|23||Horse Point||Aspin House Area||Moose Island, La Crete Landing, Etna’s Landing||no||36||744||368|
|24||Aspin House Area||MacDonald’s (Wieler’s) Landing||Hungry Bend, Gooseneck Point, Prairie Point||no||40||784||408|
|25||MacDonald’s (Wieler’s) Landing||Fort Vermilion||Big Island, Lawrence Island, Highway bridge, Buttertown||yes||28||812||436|
yes* = Road access is not exactly at the starting point, but is there is access nearby (explained in detail in the guide).
The guide tells you essentially everything you need to know to paddle the river! Clicking on the numbers on the left column of the table above will take you directly to that GeoTourism guide. Go check them out!