Box Canyon (British Columbia)
|Box Canyon (British Columbia)|
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|Rating:||3C II (v3a4 II)|
|Raps:||8, Max ↕100ft|
Crystal clear water, polished granite and mossy green landscapes make of Box Canyon one of the best canyons of British Columbia. This canyon is adjacent to Monmouth_Canyon but much shorter.
Getting to Box canyon requires crossing the Squamish river. For small groups, consider renting a canoe at the Squamish Adventure Center (closed after September 15th). It will fit 3 people including gear. Canoes must be returned at the end of the day so be sure to know when the Adventure Center closes. Depending on the season and time of day, the mosquitos are particularly vicious near the river banks. Some may dawn on a wetsuit to prevent mosquito bites but it is advisable to change into your wetsuit at the drop-in point. The hike in is marked with pink flagging tag and follows a trail for the first half of the approach.
WARNING: The original beta recommends to climb a log but it's slippery and several people got injured climbing it. Locals now recommend to avoid the log and start hiking up the hill earlier.
The canyon is bolted now thanks to Kevin Swanson (cirrus2000), who also wrote the detailed beta about the canyon (see Beta Sites below). Just keep in mind that they have bolted it with MANY two and three stage rappels, reusing a same anchor to rappel two or three consecutive waterfalls. You will loose sight of the people on rappel, so in high water you may want to station canyoneers along the way to keep an eye on the least experienced or even better, find some locals that might be willing to show you the way.
British Columbia folks are very friendly, if you post on the facebook group 'Vancouver Canyoning' you will find many locals that will be happy to come along and show you their finest canyons.
Upon exiting the canyon, hike out the way you came. Once you reach the river, it is likely that you will find that the tide has changed and the current may be more difficult. It is possible to paddle upstream on the side bank and then paddle downstream to the canoe drop-in point or paddle directly across the Squamish river to the canoe drop-in point or slightly past the drop-in point and then hike back to the car. The attached map displays all the possibilities, but current and tide may allow you fewer options.