Ride the Watery Rollercoaster
The splash hits you head-on and you shake it off, bracing for the next. Grasping your paddle, the raft rises higher in the rolling water and you wonder will you stay the course or rocket through the air? Your raft splashes down, more frigid water covers every inch of you and you let out a primordial scream, grinning from ear to ear. This is whitewater rafting at its best. You’ll rarely feel more alive, ready for more, and ready for anything. This river is a furious animal — and you’re here to tame it. Go ahead; show it who’s boss.
Experience a Whitewater Rafting Adventure
Riding the rivers in the North Thompson Valley is an experience unmatched with any other. This is where big water lives — born from glaciers and careening toward the coast. Ride it any way you can: whitewater rafting, family floating, or by kayak and canoe. On the Fraser River, in the shadow of the Rockies, or on the Clearwater River in the company of waterfalls, the rivers in this territory hold an adventure for everyone. Climb onboard and discover the arteries that feed this region.
The Mighty Fraser River at the Foot of Mt Robson
Flowing from hulking Mount Robson the mighty Fraser River is the longest in British Columbia. A mix of slow, serene water and raging whitecaps, the Fraser is a beast waiting for you to try and tame it. Climb into a raft for full-throttled whitewater rafting action with giant Mount Robson as your backdrop. Feel your pulse start to climb as you rocket down the river, invigorated by the spray of icy river water, crashing through enormous waves. This is just a warm-up. Prepare yourself, because class III rapids aptly named the Ejector and Grand Maw wait for you down the line. This is where you’ll learn what you’re made of.
The Adams River — Experience the Salmon Run Route
Take the plunge as you wind your way down the Adams River through Class I, II and III whitewater. Your journey takes your through Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park with an interpretive stop along the way. This intensity of this one-hour trip varies depending on the time of year. Pick your season: early spring and July are perfect for exploring the river and all its twists and turns. August is the time for a lazy journey down river with time out for a swim in the warm water. Late spring is the perfect time for an exhilarating white water experience that will create a memory to last a lifetime.
The Clearwater River — Rafting through Volcano Fields
Hammer down the Clearwater experiencing thrills and chills — and maybe even a few spills at every bend. Sling through chutes, catch the mist from the waterfalls and jump in for a refreshing swim. Whether you choose a three-hour tour or an overnight adventure, this is one river that will have you on your toes. With its hurried water and rolling rapids, you can find Clearwater in the watery utopia of Wells Gray Provincial Park. It’s here to provide you with numerous rafting delights from June to October. The beyond-belief surroundings of untamed wilderness, rumbling waterfalls and diverse wildlife combine with a rock n’ roll ride that will have you shouting for more.
Fewer Thrills — Getting Chill Floating with the Family
While the Fraser, Clearwater and North and South Thompson Rivers offer plenty of chills and thrills, each offer lots of family-friendly float trips too. Disconnect with the whole family, lazily bobbing along at the speed of the river’s current. See who can spot the most wildlife from the comfort of their raft — spawning salmon, circling raptors, the flash of a white tailed deer. Catch the elusive brown bear rummaging for a snack. Lay back, relax and breathe in the fresh, clean air floating through history. Quality time with the family doesn’t get much more laid-back than this.
Kayak the Waves
Rafting isn’t the only water ride around here. Jump into a kayak and let your paddle be your guide as you roll and ride the swirling torrents. If your inner dare devil wants to be let loose, then rocket down the Clearwater River for a most thrilling buzz. With all different classes of rapids this river will satisfy even the biggest adrenaline junkie.
Choose the North Thompson River if what you need is a scenic sanctuary. Find tranquility as you float down the river, paddling to the beat of your own drum, enjoying every river bend and white capped wave you find. Take this time to connect with the wild surroundings and recharge your soul in this kayaker’s haven.