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The Wind River is known for its remarkably clear, aquamarine water. It has a more relaxed route than other rivers in the Peel Watershed, and this trip explores two distinct sub-Arctic topographies. It flows over cobblestone shoals and sand bars and winds through an alpine valley – with meadows along the riverbank and the mountains beyond. The paddling is fun, the scenery is exceptional, and the pace is easygoing. There is time to explore the area in a series of side hikes, and straightforward access to the mountains.
At the end of the Wind River, we enter the Peel River Valley. We’ll paddle a wide-open valley to the mouth of the Bonnet Plume River. Just below is the extraordinary Peel Canyon. Sheer walls, big waves, lots of currents, and exceptional birding make this a highlight. The final run to our take-out point goes past shale cliffs, gravel escarpments, and big islands. Great campsites and a steady current make for a very pleasant finish to the expedition.
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