Kayaking & Canoeing
Family kayaking (Dave Heath photo)
Canoeing and kayaking the waterways surrounding Anahim Lake allows some of the best access to incredible scenery and wildlife viewing.
Just north of Anahim Lake is Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park and the headwaters of the Chilcotin River. South of town is Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and the Turner Lake chain. Dean River, winding past Anahim Lake, is famous for its annual canoe races that start at Nimpo Lake.
The Chilcotin River, which includes Chilko Lake and Chilko River, is suitable for canoeing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. The Chilcotin River is quite long and flows through subalpine regions and grasslands before eventually joining the Fraser River. Bring a waterproof camera when canoeing and kayaking through this area to capture the changing landscape and abundant wildlife. Blackwater River, with its many tributaries and adjoining lakes, is also a good spot for wilderness canoeing and kayaking.