British Columbia’s Backyard Booty

Text & photos by Jimmy Martinello.

One thing about B.C. that is so incredibly rad is that within five minutes to an hour you can be out and surrounded by a world of nature. From lush green rainforest to the mass beauty of the Pacific Ocean, to rivers and streams in all directions with mountain peaks towering high above.

 

Views on the drive up the Elaho Valley. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Views on the drive up the Elaho Valley. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Karine, Chris, and Jonny feeling small surrounded by the many peaks that rise above the Elaho Valley. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Karine, Chris, and Jonny feeling small surrounded by the many peaks that rise above the Elaho Valley. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.

Driving north this time round takes us about an hour drive up the beautiful Squamish Valley en route to the majestic Elaho River for a run down its glacier-fed rapids. It’s a playground like no other, abundant of untamed beauty. Ice falls and waterfalls surround each side of the Valley pouring down off the mountain tops and the peaks rise to the sky in all directions. We are in awe and we haven’t even begun our paddle.

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Chris Glavin and Karine sending down the Elaho. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Chris Glavin and Karine sending down the Elaho. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Coming into the Devils Elbow, Elaho River. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Coming into the Devils Elbow, Elaho River. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Jonny Burak and Chris Glavin getting into it on another sweet rollercoaster of waves.
Jonny Burak and Chris Glavin getting into it on another sweet rollercoaster of waves. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Jonny B crashing through some of the many great rapids on the Elaho. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Jonny B crashing through some of the many great rapids on the Elaho. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.

The sun be shining and the weather so sweet as we pump up our SUPs (inflatable stand-up paddleboards) to begin our quest in this magical land, our home, our routes our backyard that we are so truly blessed to be surrounded by. The mystery is upon us all with what is in store for our day ahead. New ground for some of us, timid but intrigued – the wilderness always changing and transforming. The mystery, the beauty, the essence of adventure is what brings us here and the crew we have is on terms for what is in store.

B.C. and the Sea to Sky Corridor is our home of goodness, backyard booty we may all step out and share.

 

Karine enjoys the many incredible views while sending rapids on the Elaho. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.
Karine enjoys the many incredible views while sending rapids on the Elaho. JIMMY MARTINELLO PHOTO.