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Elements Adventure Company

Vernon, British Columbia

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Main Location: Vernon, British Columbia

Experience the best of BC by canoe! Elements Adventure Company offers lake, river, and whitewater canoeing courses and guided trips on some of BC's most beautiful lakes and rivers - specializing in whitewater from April to November! Our unique location in the warm climate of the Okanagan allows for almost year-round paddling and easy access to interior British Columbia's iconic rivers such as the the mighty Thompson and the challenging Clearwater. We also run several rescue courses for river canoeists as well as expedition guide training (canoe).

Our guided river-canoeing trips include expeditions such as the Upper Stikine River, or shorter excursions such as our very-popular 4 Rivers in 4 Days whitewater canoe trips. Each trip is led by certified guides and instructors, and offers an element of instruction on each trip.

Available to our clients is a full range of paddling equipment and a diverse fleet of high-quality outfitted solo and tandem canoes.

Founder of the company and lead instructor, Charles Ruechel, has a history as a NOLS instructor (Yukon, Texas), backcountry ski guide, ski patrol instructor, and rancher - and is solidly hooked on sharing the secret pleasures of whitewater paddling and wilderness tripping. He picks his team of instructors based on excellence in paddling instruction and guiding, as well as outstanding people skills and kindness.

Come lose yourself on one of our vast lakes, or join us for a sweet surf on a playful mountain river.

Languages Offered: English, German

Disciplines Offered

Camping Skills Instruction

Canoeing Instruction

Other Services

Day Trips

Overnight Trips

Canoe Rentals


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