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Canyoning in the Canadian Rockies

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​Jasper National Park

Ogre Canyon

Rating: 8⭐                  Difficulty: (v4a3III)

YouTube  2023-05-14  Beta in video description

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Morro Canyon

Rating: 6                  Difficulty: 3B III

▶YouTube  2023-05-14  Beta in video description

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Garonne Canyon

There are anchors, but beta is not yet available.

Palisades Canyon

Rating: 6⭐                  Difficulty: 3A III

▶YouTube  2023-08-06  Beta in video description

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Two Valley (aka BS) Canyon

Rating: 7.5⭐                  Difficulty: 3C1 II  (v3a3II)

▶YouTube  2023-10-08  Beta in video description

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Pleckaitis Canyon

Rating: 5⭐                  Difficulty: (v4a3II)

▶YouTube  2023-10-08  Beta in video description

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Kerkeslin Canyon

There are anchors, but beta is not yet available.

David Thompson Country

Peskett Canyon, South Fork

Rating: 9⭐                  Difficulty: (v4a3IV)

▶YouTube  2022-07-01  Beta in video description

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Peskett Canyon, North Fork

Rating: 5⭐                  Difficulty: (v4a3II)

▶YouTube  2022-07-03  Beta in video description

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White Goat Falls

There are anchors, but beta is not yet available.

Yoho National Park

Hamilton Canyon & Falls

Rating: 8.5⭐                  Difficulty: (v4a3III)

▶YouTube  2023-07-16  Beta in video description

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Banff National Park

Noseeum Creek

There are anchors, but beta is not yet available. 

Silverton Falls

Rating: 8⭐                  Difficulty: (v4a3II)

▶YouTube  2021-10-03  Beta in video description

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Mother's Day Canyon

Rating: 5⭐                  Difficulty: 3A III

▶YouTube  2023-08-27  Beta in video description

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Urs Hole

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North Ghost

Beowulf Canyon

Rating: 9.5⭐                  Difficulty: (v4a3IV)

▶YouTube  2023-07-22  Beta in video description

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This House of Sky Canyon

Rating: 8⭐                  Difficulty: 3C1 IV  (v3a3IV)

▶YouTube  2023-07-23  Beta in video description

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Valley of the Birds (Full Canyon)

Rating: 8⭐                  Difficulty: 3C1 IV  (v3a3IV)

▶YouTube  2023-06-03  Beta in video description

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North Ghost 4x4 Parking (Junction Marker 39)

Ghost 2wd Parking (Big Hill)

Kananaskis

McGillivray Canyon

Rating: 4⭐                  Difficulty: 3B II

▶YouTube  2022-06-18  Beta in video description

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Heart Creek Canyon

Rating: 5⭐                  Difficulty: 3C II

▶YouTube  2022-06-26  Beta in video description

▶YouTube  2021-08-21  Beta in video description

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Prairie Dog Canyon

Brendan Clark's Ropewiki Entre

Nihahi Canyon

Rating: 4⭐                  Difficulty: 3A II

▶YouTube  2021-06-21  Beta in video description

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Junction Lake Fork

Rating: 7⭐                  Difficulty: 3C1 III  (v3a3III)

▶YouTube  2023-06-10  Beta in video description

▶YouTube  2022-08-06  Beta in video description

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Waterfall Valley (Junction Falls)

Rating: 8⭐                  Difficulty: 3C1 III  (v3a3III)

▶YouTube  2023-07-01  Beta in video description

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Junction Creek, Main Fork

Rating: 7⭐                  Difficulty: 3C1 IV  (v3a3IV)

YouTube  2023-06-28  Beta in video description

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Waterton National Park

Red Rock Canyon

Rating: 4.5                  Difficulty: 2B I

▶YouTube  2021-09-11  Beta in video description

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Northern Idaho

Copper Creek Falls

Rating: 6

▶YouTube  2023-09-01  Beta in video description

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Snow Creek Falls

Rating: 5⭐

▶YouTube  2023-09-02  Beta in video description

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Johnson Creek

Rating: 7.5

▶YouTube  2023-09-02  Beta in video description

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Conceal 1

There's a short but worthwhile canyoning route east of Bonners Ferry near the Montana border. I was asked not to reveal the name and exact location on social media. But if you're in the area and want to check it out, contact me and I'll point you in the right direction.

Northwestern Montana

Conceal 2

There's a short but worthwhile canyoning route west of Troy near the Idaho border. I was asked not to reveal the name and exact location on social media. But if you're in the area and want to check it out, contact me and I'll point you in the right direction.

Glacier Fed Canyons

Some of the most impressive canyons in the Canadian Rockies are fed by glaciers. This makes the opportunity to explore them very limited. Owen Creek and the two Saskatchewan Canyons are a few obvious ones that come to mind. Owen Creek seems like it would be possible by October or November before the drops ice up. The Saskatchewan Canyon below the big bend looks even more incredible. Would it be doable in November or December? The canyon has collapsed in places making long stretches that run underground. I know people have gone through the final section without issue, but it sure would be interesting to find out if running the entire canyon is even possible. Hopefully the secrecy surrounding our canyons will eventually diminish and people will start collaborating to see what's possible.

Tubing Marble Canyon in Fall

Rating: 7.5⭐                  Difficulty: (v4a4II)

▶YouTube  2021-10-24  Beta in video description

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Marble Canyon in Winter

Rating: 6                  Difficulty: 3B II

▶YouTube  2022-02-12

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Saskatchewan Canyon

Video posts likely taken from the lower sections

Instagram Post  2023-11    ▶YouTube  2021-03-13

Canyon Quality Ratings

After receiving numerous requests to list our best canyons, we decided to post star ratings (up to 10⭐) to help visitors plan their trip. These ratings are weighted towards interesting water features such as slides, jumps, and fun aquatic rappels. Beautiful water worn canyon features and deep canyon walls will rate higher as well. These ratings only apply to the actual canyoning routes. The length and difficulty of the approach or exit was not considered. Don't let a lower star rating dissuade you. Every canyon on this list is worth doing at least once.

Beowulf Canyon  9.5⭐

Peskett Canyon, South Fork  9⭐

Hamilton Canyon & Falls  8.5⭐

Ogre Canyon  8⭐

Silverton Falls  8⭐

This House of Sky Canyon  8⭐

Valley of the Birds (Full Canyon)  8⭐

Waterfall Valley (Junction Falls)  8⭐

Johnson Creek  7.5

Marble Canyon in Fall (Tubing)  7.5⭐

Two Valley (aka BS) Canyon  7.5⭐

Junction Creek, Main Fork  7⭐

Junction Lake Fork  7⭐

Copper Creek Falls  6⭐

Marble Canyon in Winter  6⭐

Morro Canyon  6⭐

Palisades Canyon  6⭐

Heart Creek Canyon  5⭐

Mother's Day Canyon  5⭐

Peskett Canyon, North Fork  5⭐

Pleckaitis Canyon  5⭐

Snow Creek Falls  5⭐

Red Rock Canyon  4.5⭐

McGillivray Canyon  4⭐

Nihahi Canyon  4⭐

Canyon Difficulty Ratings

Rating the easier canyons is straightforward using the ACA rating system. But the French Grading System is preferable for more complex aquatic canyons. This should be seen as a preliminary attempt. These ratings could change with input from the canyoning community. Some routes that have initially been rated a v4 could change to a v5.

ACA Ratings

French Grading System

Ratings
North Ghost
David Thompson Country
Yoho National Park
Northern Idaho
Jasper National Park
Banff National Park
Glacier Fed Canyons
Kananaskis
Waterton National Park
Difficulty
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