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Canyoning in the Canadian Rockies

If you'd like to support our efforts to publish canyon beta, or send support for continuing to bolt new canyons, you can donate through either PayPal or Interac e-Transfer to shimonek@gmail.com. Unlike climbing routes, TABVAR does not reimburse the cost of bolting hardware for canyoning, so any small amount helps. Thank you kindly.  -  Scott Shimonek

Note:  If someone is willing to share new canyon beta with us, but doesn't want us to post it. We will honor that request.

Runoff & Spring Fed Canyons:

Jasper National Park

Ogre Canyon

Rating: 8⭐                    Difficulty:

YouTube   May 14th, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          GPX

Morro Canyon

Rating: 6                    Difficulty: 3B III

▶ YouTube   May 13th, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          GPX

Garonne Canyon

There are anchors, but detailed beta is not yet available. Will share what we have upon request.

Palisades Canyon

Rating: 5⭐                    Difficulty: 3A III

▶ YouTube   August 6th, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

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Two Valley (aka BS) Canyon

Rating: 8⭐                    Difficulty: 3C1 II  (v3a3II)

▶ YouTube   October 8th, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead

Pleckaitis Canyon

Rating: 4⭐                    Difficulty:

▶ YouTube   October 8th, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          GPX

Kerkeslin Canyon

There are anchors, but detailed beta is not yet available. Will share what we have upon request.

David Thompson Country

Peskett Canyon, South Fork

Rating: 9⭐                    Difficulty:

▶ YouTube   July 1st, 2022.  Canyon beta in description of video.

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Peskett Canyon, North Fork

Rating: 5⭐                    Difficulty:

▶ YouTube   July 3rd, 2022.  Canyon beta in description of video.

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White Goat Falls

There are anchors, but detailed beta is not yet available. It's likely just a short beginner route.

Yoho National Park

Hamilton Canyon & Falls

Rating: 8.5⭐                    Difficulty:

▶ YouTube   July 16th, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          f Post          GPX

Banff National Park

Noseeum Creek

There are anchors, but detailed beta is not yet available. 

Silverton Falls

Rating: 8⭐                    Difficulty:

▶ YouTube   October 3rd, 2021.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead

Mother's Day Canyon

Rating: 4⭐                    Difficulty: 3A III

▶ YouTube   August 27th, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead

Urs Hole

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North Ghost

Beowulf Canyon

Rating: 10⭐                    Difficulty:

▶ YouTube   July 22nd, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          GPX

This House of Sky Canyon

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

▶ YouTube   July 23rd, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          f Post          GPX

Valley of the Birds (Full Canyon)

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

▶ YouTube   June 3rd, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          GPX Full Route          GPX Lower Canyon

North Ghost 4x4 Parking (Junction Marker 39)

Ghost 2wd Parking

Kananaskis

McGillivray Canyon

Rating: 2⭐                    Difficulty: 3B II  (with no ladders, fixed ropes or chains)

▶ YouTube   June 18th, 2022.  Canyon beta in description of video.

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Heart Creek Canyon

Rating: 3⭐                    Difficulty: 3B II

▶ YouTube   June 26th, 2022.  Canyon beta in description of video.

▶ YouTube   August 21st, 2021.  Canyon beta in description of video.

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Prairie Dog Canyon

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Nihahi Canyon

Rating: 2⭐                    Difficulty: 3A II

▶ YouTube   June 21st, 2021.  Canyon beta in description of video.

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Junction Lake Fork

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

▶ YouTube   June 10th, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

▶ YouTube   August 6th, 2022.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          f Post          GPX 

Waterfall Valley Fork (Junction Falls)

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

▶ YouTube   July 1st, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          f Post          GPX

Junction Creek, Main Fork

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

▶ YouTube   June 29th, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead          f Post          GPX Full Route          GPX R4 Sneak Route

Waterton National Park

Red Rock Canyon

Rating: 3⭐                    Difficulty: 2B II

▶ YouTube   September 11th, 2021.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Trailhead

Northern Idaho

Copper Creek Falls

Rating: 5⭐

▶ YouTube   September 1st, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

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Snow Creek Falls

Rating: 4⭐

▶ YouTube   September 2nd, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

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Johnson Creek

Rating: 7

▶ YouTube   September 2nd, 2023.  Canyon beta in description of video.

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Concealed Creek 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

Concealed Creek 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 thought of running them without proper beta quite daunting. Hopefully the secrecy surrounding these canyons will start to diminish and we'll get teams of people working together to see what's possible. Owen Creek and the two Saskatchewan Canyons are a few that come to mind. Owen Creek seems like it would be doable in late October or November before the waterfalls ice up. The Saskatchewan Canyon below the big bend looks insane. 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 I would love to find out if running the entire canyon is even possible.

Tubing Marble Canyon in the Fall

Rating: 7.5

▶ YouTube   October 24th, 2021.  Canyon beta in description of video.

Marble Canyon in the Winter

Rating: 5                    Difficulty: 3B II

▶ YouTube   February 12th, 2022.

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Canyon Quality Ratings

After receiving numerous requests for a list of our best canyons, we decided to post quality star ratings (1 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 a consideration.

Beowulf Canyon  10⭐

Peskett Canyon, South Fork  9⭐

Hamilton Canyon & Falls  8.5⭐

Ogre Canyon  8⭐

Silverton Falls  8⭐

This House of Sky Canyon  8⭐

Two Valley (aka BS) Canyon  8⭐

Valley of the Birds (Full Canyon)  8⭐

Waterfall Valley Fork (Junction Falls)  8⭐

Marble Canyon in the Fall (Tubing)  7.5⭐

Johnson Creek  7

Junction Creek, Main Fork  7

Junction Lake Fork  7⭐

Morro Canyon  6

Copper Creek Falls  5

Marble Canyon in the Winter  5

Palisades Canyon  5

Peskett Canyon, North Fork  5⭐

Mother's Day Canyon  4⭐

Pleckaitis Canyon  4⭐

Snow Creek Falls  4

Heart Creek Canyon  3⭐

Red Rock Canyon  3⭐

McGillivray Canyon  2⭐

Nihahi Canyon  2

Canyon Difficulty Ratings

Rating the easier canyons is pretty straightforward, but we prefer not to be solely responsible for rating some of the more difficult canyons. So any input from the canyoning community would be greatly appreciated.

ACA and French Canyon Rating Standards

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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