North Alouette River - Trip Description
Total distance: 16.0 kilometres (10.0 miles)
Coordinates (WGS 84):
N49 15.846 W122 41.334 - Harris Road Put-in location
- No. 3062 Small-Craft Charts: Pitt River and Pitt Lake (1/25,000)
Canadian Topographic Maps:
This is a fairly easy paddle for anyone with basic kayaking or canoeing skills. There is a current but it is not so strong that you tire from paddling against it and if you start from the Harris Road bridge, you'll have the current in your favour for the return trip. One could easily paddle here several times without becoming bored of the scenery. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys a nice quiet paddle on a sunny day.
From Vancouver drive east along the Lougheed Highway and cross the Pitt River bridge, take the Dewdney Trunk exit and head west until Harris Road. Travel north on Harris Road until you reach the bridge that crosses the Alouette River. The parking lot is located at the south east corner of the bridge. There is a short trail to the gravel beach put-in, at the end of the parking lot closest to the bridge. Parking is free.
Trip date: October 27, 2004
Weather: Sunny, cool, light breeze
Water condition: Smooth
Tides/currents: Tide was falling when travelling upstream - current was moderate (approx. 2-3 km), tide was rising on return.
Submitted by: Dan Millsip
Images copyright: Dan Millsip