Powell Forest Canoe Circuit

An exciting and challenging 6 day multi-lake canoe trip deep in the Sunshine Coast wilderness

Duration 6 days Paddling
Time of Year
Time of year May - October
Total distance 60km
Group Size
Group size 3 - 7 Guests
Difficulty Challenging
Meeting Location
Meeting in North Vancouver

Trip Highlights

  • Canoe across 8 lakes in the BC backcountry
  • Camp on peaceful shorelines
  • Campfires and all the amazing food that comes with them
  • Wildlife and bird watching
  • Lots of opportunities for swimming

Multi-day canoe trips in Canada are a perfect way to get deep into the wilderness while enjoying peaceful and relaxing settings. Canoe across crystal clear lakes, surrounded by steep, snow capped mountains and lush forest. Camp on scenic shorelines with a roaring campfire while watching the sun set over distant peaks.

The Powell Forest Canoe Circuit takes 6 days and is approximately 60 km, covering 8 lakes split by 5 portages. A portage is a short hike where we must carry the canoe and gear from one lake to the next. Canoes are lightweight (for canoes) and can be carried by 1 or 2 people. Portages range from 0.7 km to 2.8 km, and paddling stretches from 1 km to 28.5 km. Campsites are well equipped with pit toilets, picnic tables and fire pits. This trip is ideal for fit and healthy participants with previous paddling experience, who are looking for a fun challenge in a beautiful setting.

This is the perfect setting to view wildlife. Common sightings include bald eagles, black bears, beavers and deer. The forests are laden with Cedar, Spruce and Fir trees, including some ancient old growth forests.

The first day will be a travel and practice day. Already on the Sunshine Coast? Contact us to discuss a different pickup location.

Pricing Per Person

1 - 3 Guests
4+ Guests

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What our customers say about Outdoor Explore guided adventures

While on holiday in Vancouver my husband and I went on the 5 day Powell Forest canoe trip with Outdoor Explore earlier this month. We had little experience with Canadian canoes and it took us a little while to get the hang of things but once we were going it was wonderful paddling across the 4 lakes and the scenery was fantastic. The trip was very well organised, all the equipment and food was arranged for us but we had to bear in mind that everything had to be carried between the lakes so we had to make sure that our personal kit was as light as possible. The portaging was the hardest part of the trip as the boats were heavy and some of the bags were heavy too but thankfully the longest one was only 2.8 km so not too far and we managed between the group to carry everything. Each night we stopped at a camp site on the lake which were all equipped with flattened areas for the tents, composting toilets and some had fire drums. Fortunately there wasn't a fire ban so we could have a fire each night. You really felt you were out in the wilderness when all the food was in a bear-proof barrel tided to a tree at night, all other smelly items had to be put up a tree or up a bear hang. We even had to dig a hole to spit our toothpaste in so that the smell didn't attract bears to the area. It was all very exciting for people who come from the UK where we don't have any bears. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and would do the trip again."

- UK

Trip details


The night before the trip departs, we will meet at a Vancouver location TBD for a pre-trip meeting and gear discussion.

Day 1

  • Early departure from North Vancouver
  • Ferry crossing to Sunshine Coast
  • Stop at scenic spots to break up the drive
  • Ferry Crossing to Powell River
  • Pick up canoes and head to camp
  • Set up camp
  • Practice time

Day 2

  • More practice time if required
  • Pack up camp
  • 8.5km canoe
  • 1.7km portage
  • 6.5km canoe
  • Set up camp

Day 3

  • Pack up camp
  • 2.4km portage
  • 1km canoe
  • 0.8km portage
  • 1km canoe
  • Set up camp

Day 4

  • Pack up camp
  • 7km canoe
  • 0.7km portage
  • 2.3km canoe
  • 2.4km portage
  • Set up camp

Day 5

  • Pack up camp
  • 20km canoe
  • Set up camp

Day 6

  • Pack up camp
  • 8km canoe
  • Unpack, clean and store canoes
  • Pick up vehicles
  • Ferry Crossing to Sunshine Coast
  • Ferry Crossing to Horseshoe Bay
  • Celebration drinks and dinner (not included in cost)
  • Return to Lonsdale Quay for drop off

Itinerary Disclaimer
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee that we will stick to this plan. Weather conditions and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trip leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!


Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are included while on the trip.

Breakfasts consist of oatmeal or granola with mixed toppings and dried fruit, tea and coffee. Great for fueling a full day of adventures.

Lunch varies from day to day, but often consists of wraps or sandwiches with different fillings e.g. cheese, dried meat, falafel, hummus, veg, etc.

Dinners are provided by our partner Nomad Nutrition. These super tasty meals are light weight, full of wholesome ingredients, and packed with energy. Exactly what you need after an exciting day in the mountains.

We can cater to any dietary requirements. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary requirements BEFORE your trip.


Tented accommodation (5 nights) is included in the trip price. We use MSR Elixir tents, which are spacious, warm and comfortable. 1, 2, or 3 person options are available.

Please bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad (e.g. Thermarest). If you do not have either of these, please select the rental option when booking your trip or contact us to arrange a rental.

Price Includes/Excludes
Price Includes
  • All breakfast, lunch and dinner while on the trip, prepared and cooked by the guide.
  • One experienced and knowledgeable guide
  • Canoes and canoeing equipment (paddles, PFD, dry bags, food barrels, etc.)
  • Tents (price is on a sharing basis)
  • Transport from the meeting location to the trip, and back
  • Water purification throughout the trip
  • Stove gas for cooking
  • Emergency equipment (Comprehensive First aid kit, satellite phone etc.)
Price Excludes
  • Tipping for the guide
  • Transport to and from the meeting location (optional)
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
  • Your personal clothing and equipment. See packing list above
  • Your personal travel/cancellation insurance
  • Any rental equipment, if applicable (e.g. sleeping bags)

This trip is aimed at those with a moderate level of fitness. While canoeing can be relaxing, you will be required to hike short distances with a heavy pack and/or portage a canoe from one lake to another. Days can be quite long, with lots of paddling.


We're happy to answer any questions you have about this trip. Give us a call or drop us an email.

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