New Guide to “Rockin’ Whitewater” in the Northwest

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Smithers, BC – It’s been a long time coming, according to Terrace author Tania Millen, but there is now a guidebook to the world class, whitewater paddling of northwest BC.

“The book was started back in 1995,” Millen said, “but then life got in the way and the project was shelved. Every few years thereafter local and visiting paddlers discussed resurrecting it but again life, and paddling, prevented serious efforts.”

That will all end April 12 in Terrace and April 13 in Smithers as Millen and Creekstone Press launch Rockin’ Whitewater: A Guide to Paddling in Northwest BC.

Forty-seven whitewater runs and 10 playspots are described, encompassing four major rivers – the Skeena, Nass, Stikine and Kitimat – and their tributaries. From a leisurely, Class 1 to 2 paddle down the Exstew River to a rollicking Class 4 to 5 run on Middle Williams Creek, there are runs here for novices to experts in what veteran boaters describe as a “paddling paradise.”

Millen said she wrote the book, with the help of 20 other paddlers, for a couple of reasons – to provide, for the first time, information for paddlers on the world class whitewater in northwest BC and to stimulate those not-so-frequent paddlers to take advantage of one of the most abundant, renewable resources in the province.

From Butze Rapids in Prince Rupert north to the headwaters of the Skeena and east to the salmon-rich Babine and Morice rivers, Rockin’ Whitewater provides not only technical information on each run but cultural and historical notes as well.

Tables listing the runs and play spots alphabetically, by degree of difficulty and type of fun are accompanied by several maps showing put-in and take-out locations on the rivers and creeks. Also included is the first ever, day-by-day description of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine which Millen characterizes as “one of the toughest runs in North America.”

Rockin’ Whitewater will be launched at 7 p.m. April 12 at Kitchies Bakery and Eatery in Terrace and again at 7 p.m. April 13 at The Eddy Line Bistro Café on Highway 16 in Smithers. Millen will attend both launches, which are open to the public, to present a slideshow, answer questions and sign copies of her book.

For further information, contact Creekstone Press, 1-250-847-3663 in Smithers, Tania Millen at 1-250-635-2377 in Terrace or visit www.creekstonepress.com

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