Book highlights joy of northwest paddling

A LABOUR of love begun in 1995 has come to life in a guide to northwest whitewater paddling.

TANIA MULLEN

A LABOUR of love begun in 1995 has come to life in a guide to northwest whitewater paddling.

Author Tania Millen of Terrace says life got in the way when she began researching “Rockin’ Whitewater” but the guide to what many classify as world class paddling is now out.

The guide lays out 47 whitewater runs and 10 playspots encompassing four major rivers – the Skeena, Nass, Stikine and Kitimat – and their tributaries.

There’s everything from a leisurely Class 1 to 2 paddle down the Exstew to a rollicking class 4 to 5 run on Middle Williams Creek.

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 whitewater here and to stimulate those not so frequent paddlers to take advantage of the that water.

Readers will also enjoy cultural and historical notes as well.

There are tables listing the runs and play spots alphabetically, by degree of difficulty and there are maps showing put in and take out locations. Rockin’ Whitewater will be launched at 7 p.m. April 12 at Kitchies Bakery and Eatery in Terrace

Limited copies are available April 12 at Misty River Books.