British Columbia offers amazing, affordable, accessible adventures for river rats, and famed B.C. waterways like the Thompson, Fraser and Chilliwack Rivers are no secret to outdoor enthusiasts. Rafting is one of the few water sports where you’ll actually enjoy paddling hard for short intervals, soaked to the bone inside a dingy-like raft with a few other crazy people. Toss in an overnight stay at a haunted bed and breakfast like The Teague House in Yale (Sasquatch Country), one of British Columbia’s oldest houses built in 1867, and you’re in for an unforgettable B.C. experience.
Most rapids in this area are considered class 3.5 to 4.0. Aside from being a thrill ride, there are so many other reasons you need to add a rafting trip to your bucket list. For starters, the scenery is epic. Regardless of which river you choose to paddle, expect to find yourself in awe of the beauty of B.C. But be aware that if you spend too long gawking at the views instead of paddling, your “funny” rafting guide may just decide to toss you in for a quick swim. Rafting is a true team activity that requires everyone’s participation for success. It’s a great team building activity and you’re sure to make some new friends after a day fighting rapids called “Jaws” and “Hell’s Gate” together.
Companies like Fraser River Raft Expeditions have been pumping people safely through whitewater for over 20 years. There’s a reason these rafting outfitters are still in business: they all have a loyal crew of crazy guide characters, all of whom are dedicated to the rivers and an outdoors lifestyle. Educated, skilled, witty guides make the trips more memorable and fun.
Rafting outfitters like Hyak, Canadian Outback Adventures and Kumsheen are also fairly close to major cities like Vancouver and all offer fun day trips into the mountains. Expect to be entertained and well fed on a full-day trip, but don’t forget to bring essentials for yourself like a water bottle, sunscreen and waterproof camera. Dry bags are usually provided to keep valuables safe. A pit stop for a picnic lunch along the river’s edge is part of most trips offering a great chance to grab some photos and chat with your team while you refuel. The minimum age for rafting in these parts is 12 years old, so leave the youngsters at home for this one so they (and you) aren’t up the raging river without a paddle.
Nothing beats the summer heat better than a icy, refreshing shot of whitewater in the face. Cross this adventure off your summer bucket list and make B.C. your next whitewater destination.
By: Stephanie Florian @PlayOutdoorsCA
Follow Stephanie and Fraser River Rafting Adventures through some B.C. rapids: