|Babine-Skeena - Product Detail
|| Sept 11 - 16 2000
| The remote,
untamed Babine River cuts across northwest British Columbia through a remarkable
habitat boasting enormous numbers of steelhead and Pacific salmon – and, not
coincidentally, one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears on the continent.
Winding through ancient pine and spruce forests in the Coast Range, the Babine
offers fantastic, family-friendly whitewater rafting and chances for first-hand
encounters with endangered species and fragile native cultures. These trips
are available through Butterfield & Robinson in
association with Finelot.com.
Where we enter
the Babine, it is a fast-moving, intimate river with exciting Class
III and IV rapids and canyons as narrow as eight feet across. Wildlife
experts estimate that some 100 grizzlies live along the river's banks.
We time our trip dates to coincide with salmon spawning season, when
the bears come down to feed – and while we can't absolutely guarantee
sightings, we've spotted at least one grizzly on every descent since
Many predatory birds are attracted by the river's abundant fish
life, including bald and golden eagles, osprey and peregrine falcons.
Then there are the fish themselves, with steelhead plus sockeye and
four other salmon species ranking this among the few Class I angling
rivers – and one of only three Class A steelhead rivers – in B.C.
The Skeena is North America's largest undammed river and a major
coastal route since the age of steam, yet it remains largely unpopulated
in its upper reaches. Here our course broadens dramatically as we stop
along the banks discovering the rich culture of native peoples also
drawn for thousands of years by the fishing. We visit several villages
of the Gitskan, "people of the river of the mist" and creators of some
of the finest totem poles in the Northwest.
August 28, September 11
July 23, August 13, September 13,
September 10, September 17
/ Finish: Smithers, B.C.
6 days / 5 nights
Level Class 1-4
Price us $2495
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