Whitewater guide

Whitewater guide describes Grand Canyon of the Stikine as one of the toughest runs in North America.

Tania Millen is releasing a new book 17 years in the making, but finally her guide book to world class whitewater here in the Valley will be hitting shelves this week just as a new season of paddling is on it’s way.

“The book was started back in 1995,” Millen said.

“But then life got in the way and the project was shelved.

Every few years thereafter local and visiting paddlers discussed resurrecting it but again life, and paddling, prevented serious efforts.”

Come Friday Millen and Creekstone Press will be launching ‘Rockin’ Whitewater: A Guide to Paddling in Northwest BC.’

The guide book focuses on 47 whitewater runs and 10 playsports are described encompassing four major river systems. the Skeena, Nass, Stikine and Kitimat.

The book covers class one and two rapids down the Exstew River and class four and fives on Williams Creek.

Millen wrote the book with the help of several other paddlers to provide, for the first time, information for paddlers in northwest BC and to stimulate those not-so-frequent paddlers to take full advantage of one of the most abundant, renewable resources in the province.

Also included is the first ever day to day description of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, which Millen describes as” one of the toughest runs in North America.”

The books launch party will take place April 13, at 7 p.m. at the Eddy Line Bistro Cafe. For information contact Creekstone Press at 250-847-3663.