BC Whitewater provides a unified voice for whitewater paddlers in British Columbia, advocating for publicly accessible, free flowing rivers and speaking in support of river conservation.
We believe that rivers should be publicly accessible and free flowing, and it's worth the fight to keep them that way! Our vision is that whitewater paddlers in British Columbia will continue to enjoy unrestricted access to the world class whitewater resources found throughout the province, and that usage opportunities are expanded where access or river flow are compromised.
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BC Whitewater is an incorporated non-profit society registered in the Province of British Columbia.
Ali first experienced BC’s legendary whitewater in 2006 whilst on vacation. In his own words: "I knew this was where I had to live. From world class ‘after work’ runs to epic wilderness multidays, we have it all. I live in Terrace on the North Coast, a mecca for wild and remote rivers, where I follow my passion for fishing and expedition kayaking. I run our local ‘Skeena Paddle Club’, organize the annual ‘Kalum River Festival’ and help BCWW protect as many free flowing rivers as possible." Favorite river: the Gamsby.
Michael is a BC whitewater paddler and river guide. In June of 2018 Michael was called to the
bar; he now works as a lawyer at the law offices of Christopher Johnston & Associates, located
in Revelstoke, BC. Michael loves rivers and wants to use his legal training to help protect them.
Michael’s favourite river is the Clearwater River, located in Wells Gray Park, BC.
Nick grew up paddling on the east coast but now lives in the whitewater mecca of Squamish, BC and has traveled and paddled all over North and South America. He’s passionate about public land management and river conservation and has worked closely with American Whitewater in the past. He plans to help BC Whitewater with his expertise in web development and community engagement and hopes BC Whitewater can help him protect the rivers and streams of British Columbia. It’s hard to choose, but his favorite single-day run is a tie between the Upper Cheakamus in Whistler and the New Haven in Vermont.
Ryan has been paddling since he was 3 months old in canoes and paddling whitewater for the last 15 years. His family has owned and operated Western Canoeing and Kayaking for 45 years; they are the biggest specialty canoe and kayak store in Canada and they manufacture Clipper Canoes locally in Abbotsford. Ryan has a longstanding interest in river conservation in BC both as a river user, and as a business owner whose business depends on customers having places to recreate using their products. Aside from kayaking Ryan is avid river fisherman and jet boat enthusiast. His back yard run is the Chilliwack River and his favorite river is the Ashnola River near Keremeos.
Steph is a whitewater kayaker based out of Vancouver, BC who enjoys the year-round paddling on the West Coast and throughout the province, whether it be creeking, multi-day kayaking or slalom training. She is passionate about keeping BC’s rivers wild and free, along with maintaining and improving access to them. With a background in environmental science, GIS and computer science, she plans to integrate technology so that BC Whitewater and its members can be more involved in the stewardship of rivers in BC. Favourite BC River: Chilko River.
Steve has been a passionate whitewater paddler for the past 20 years. Currently based out of North Vancouver, he took his first paddle strokes on the rivers of Newfoundland. Having paddled all across Canada and around the world, he recognizes the unique value of the rivers in BC and the importance of making sure these places are protected for present and future users. In addition to his interest in river conservation, Steve organizes the annual Callaghan Creek Race in Whistler and he founded and maintains the online guidebook LiquidLore that focuses on the rivers of BC. His favorite river is the Ashlu.