Powell Forest Canoe Circuit

Guided canoeing across peaceful lakes surrounded by beautiful wilderness on BC’s Sunshine Coast

5 Days | Grade/Difficulty
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From CAD $1150.00
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Powell Forest Canoe Circuit Trip Overview

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.

Powell River is a town located on the Sunshine Coast in BC. This area is well known for its beautiful canoeing, kayaking and hiking. There are many lakes in this area which form a perfect circuit for multi-day canoe trips. The Powell forest canoe circuit takes us 5 days, departing from, and returning to North Vancouver. We will take 2 ferry crossings which offer incredible views of the ocean and surrounding islands and mountains. If you’re lucky, you may spot a Whale or Orca!

The Powell Forest Canoe Circuit is approximately 57 km, covering 8 lakes split by 5 portages. A portage is a short hike where we must carry the canoe from one lake to the next. Canoes are lightweight 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 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.

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Please note: prices shown below are for public trips, meaning other guests may be on the same trip. This trip will only run once 3 or more guests are booked for the selected date.
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  • Canoe across crystal clear lakes
  • Camp on peaceful shorelines
  • Campfires and all the amazing food that comes with them
  • Peaceful wilderness settings
  • Wildlife and bird watching
  • Ferry crossings with spectacular views
  • Lots of opportunities for swimming
  • Fully guided adventure

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Trip notes

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Day Activity
  • Early departure from North Vancouver (Lonsdale Quay)
  • Ferry crossing to Sunshine Coast
  • Ferry Crossing to Powell River
  • Pick up canoes, prepare and load up
  • 8.5km canoe
  • 1.7km portage
  • Set up camp
  • Pack up camp
  • 6.5km canoe
  • 2.4km portage
  • 1km canoe
  • 0.8km portage
  • 1km canoe
  • Set up camp
  • Pack up camp
  • 7km canoe
  • 0.7km portage
  • 2.3km canoe
  • 2.4km portage
  • Set up camp
  • Pack up camp
  • 20km canoe
  • Set up camp
  • 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) at a North Shore craft brewery
  • Return to Lonsdale Quay for drop off

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, however, 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!

Includes / Excludes

Price Includes

  • All breakfast, lunch and dinner while on the trip, prepared and cooked by the guide.
  • Experienced and knowlgeable guide
  • Canoe rental (one canoe per 2 or 3 people)
  • Insurance for the guide
  • Tents (price is on a sharing basis)
  • Transport to and from the trip location
  • Ferry fees
  • Water purification throughout the trip
  • Stove gas for cooking
  • Emergency equipment (Comprehensive First aid kit, satellite phone etc.)
  • Solar charging for electrical devices while on trip.

Price Excludes

  • Tipping for the guide
  • Breakfast on the first day of the trip
  • Dinner on the last day of the trip (we may stop at a restaurant on the way home)
  • Rental of sleeping bag and Thermarest/sleeping pad, if required
  • Travel to and from the pickup location
  • International air fare to Canada
  • Any visas required to enter Canada
  • Your personal insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. if we stop for coffee on route to the trip.
  • Accommodation before and after the trip.
  • Personal trip equipment e.g. clothing, rucksack.


Camping accomodation is provided while on the trek (1 night).

Our tents are supplied by MountainSmith and are lightweight and weatherproof. They are very roomy to give you the most comfortable camping experience. We can provide either 2 or 4 man options, depending on the number of people in your group.

Please bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad/Thermarest. If you are unable to bring your own, please contact us and we can arrange a rental.

Additional Information

Group Size: Small
Groups of 2 - 8 guests per trip. For smaller or larger groups, or for private trips, please contact Outdoor Explore.

Trip Timing: May - September
This trip is best in late spring or through the summer months with warm, stable weather and longer days.

Fitness level
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.

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Trip reviews

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....
Linda G - UK

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