Toby Creek (BC) - 7 Canyons V
A longish class IV-V creek run through 7 canyons.
Many consider the continuous rapids leading into the first canyon section (at the old bridge site) to be the hardest “read and run” section. These can be scouted from the road on the way to the put-in. You'll want to scout Placebo in the second canyon. Junior's in the fourth canyon starts with a narrow undercut and finishes with a river-wide hole. The “Coffin” marks the start of the 5th canyon and the mandatory scout/portage of Smitty's. There is a must-catch eddy on river left at the brink of Smitty's. The drops immediately below Smitty's are usually portaged and don't underestimate the “Interlude” drop between them and Picket Fence. The Double Drop that marks the start of the last canyon also warrants a look and the rest of the last canyon can be sporty if you don't know what's coming.
The drops from Smitty's on down are changed every few years by landslides; sometimes they get easier but often they become unrunnable until the next landslide.
The run can be done in under 3 hours but has been known to take as long as 8 hours for slower groups or groups not familiar with the run.
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The symbols can be clicked on and provide some simple explanations of why they are there. You can also use the symbols to get directions from Google Maps to the put in/takeout. A handy thing!
In the lower part of Invermere take the turnoff for Wilmer and Panorama Resort. The takeout is where the road crosses the bridge just before the turnoff for Wilmer.
Drive up the Panormaa road to where the road decends back down to river level. You can put in anywhere along the road but KM 8 is probably the most popular as it has a long shady pullout.
Pool drop and continuous creeking.
Length & Time
The 7 Canyons run is generally done in August and September but may also be done in May before the bulk of the spring thaw. The water level should be fairly low before you attempt a first decent unguided as the river is quite narrow in some of the canyons and shore scouting most of the canyons is impractical.
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- Write-up in Stewart Smith's Southern Rockies book. Note that landslides regularly change the nature of the drops from Smitty's on down.