5 Canoe Trips to Paddle in the Peace Country

Exploring Peace River by water is an experience in itself. Plan a day or make an overnight journey, these canoe trips will provide you with unforgettable views and an up-close look at the breathtaking scenery that the Peace Country has to offer.

Plan ahead, grab a friend and get those paddles in the water! Your best summer adventure awaits.

 

Pratt’s Landing to Historical Dunvegan

This is a fantastic trip for families or those wanting a scenic day on the water. At 28km, the paddle itself can range from three to six hours, depending on how much floating you want to do.

On this relaxing paddle you’ll have the opportunity to see where the Ksituan River joins the Peace River, the beauty of the Hines Creek valley and the opportunity to float beneath the suspension bridge at Dunvegan.

End your trip with a tour of the sites and buildings at Dunvegan or grab an ice cream, play at the park and stay at the campsites available. Either way, you’re bound to have a fun filled day!

 

Shaftesbury Ferry to Town of Peace River West Peace Boat Launch

If you’re wanting a nice, short paddle that everyone can enjoy, then this is for you! The trip is 24km and for eager paddlers it will take about two and a half hours, but for those who want to travel at a more leisurely pace, plan for at least five.

On this paddle you will get to see the beautiful Smoky River confluence and be surrounded by picturesque cliffs. You will pass by historical sites such as Fort Fork, the Mackenzie Cairn and St. Augustine Mission, so be sure to bring a camera! If you feel like taking a break, you can stop at Strong Creek Park to camp, relax or play on the playground. Just look for the trail that’s about 40m downstream of the large sign.

Plan your stay in Peace River afterwards or grab a tasty meal downtown to finish off your day outside!

 

McCracken’s Landing Boat Launch to Notikewin Provincial Park

Calling all adventurous souls, this 42km paddle is for you! The trip itself can take four to eight hours and includes high banks, scenic curves, several islands and tons of wildlife. Just remember when accessing McCracken’s Boat Launch to stay on Range Road 204A as it’s the only public access road. 

On this journey you will be able to go through the historical Horseshoe Bend, where in 1803 the Horseshoe House fort was established.

There’s also an abundance of wildlife to be seen on this paddle and it’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of moose, elk, deer, black bears or even grizzlies along the river banks.

When approaching the Notikewin park, you can stop and walk up the trail that’s surrounded by large ostrich ferns and be led to the campsites to extend your trip.

Spend some time at the gravel bar and search for fossils, petrified wood and even ammolite. For fishing enthusiasts, bring your gear and throw a line in to catch supper for the night. This canoe trip has something for everyone!

 

Murphy’s Flats to Town of Peace River West Boat Launch 

Murphy’s Flats is a fun, new development within the Northern Sunrise County that offers a day use area with fire pits, picnic tables and free firewood. It runs along the Smoky River and has a natural sandy beach where you can prepare for a day full of incredible views and fresh air.

This paddle has many curves and bends to keep you entertained and high banks to admire and snap pictures of. You’ll travel the Smoky River and pass through where it meets the Peace River, which is bound to be a highlight of your trip!

Finish off your day of paddling with a hearty meal or tasty brew at one of the many restaurants in the town of Peace River. This trip is bound to be amazing from start to finish.

 

Elk Island to Peace Valley Guest Ranch

Peace Valley Guest Ranch has decided to close operations for the Summer. Add this epic adventure to your 2022 Summer Bucket List. 

This is the perfect opportunity for a summer getaway! It is highly recommended to schedule in a couple days of adventuring so that you can camp, paddle and explore the one of kind Peace Valley Guest Ranch.

Elk Island has 12 campsites along the river where you can kick off your trip with a campfire and sleep under the stars. The paddle itself is enjoyable, peaceful and offers some incredible highlights of the river valley.

Once you reach your destination, get ready to unwind, unplug and relax. 

At the Peace Valley Guest Ranch, you will find cozy cabins to stay in and some of the best home cooked meals you’ve ever tasted. Horseback riding, fishing, hiking and horseshoe pits are all available on site and there’s never a shortage of activities to participate in.

For those wanting a quieter stay, you can sit along the river with a fresh cup of coffee and listen to the serene sounds of nature. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, this is your chance to experience both!