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Whitewater rafting on the Fraser River
(Albert Normandin photo)

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

River Rafting

Rafting (Reo Rafting Resort/Ryan Robinson photo)

Rafting (Reo Rafting Resort/Ryan Robinson photo)

The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region has a wealth of rushing rivers fuelled by melting snows and regular rainfall – perfect for whitewater rafting.

There are few places in the world where so many commercially-rafted rivers are within such easy reach of a major city. Motor-powered, paddle-powered, and oar-powered rafting excursions are all available. 

Drive barely an hour north or east of downtown Vancouver for some prime rafting areas. North of the city on the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway are Squamish and Whistler, and to the east is the Chilliwack River, whose famous Tamihi Rapids are regularly paddled by Canada's whitewater kayaking team.

In winter, head to Brackendale (just north of Squamish) and take a float trip to see bald eagles lured by the local rivers' spawning salmon.

Lytton, known as the "Rafting Capital of Canada," is located less than four hours' drive northeast of Vancouver, and is home to some of BC's largest rafting rivers.

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Canadian Outback Adventures & Events - Rafting - Squamish

Elaho & Cheakamus Rivers
Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0R3
Toll-free800-565-8735
Phone604-924-4500

Canadian Outback Adventures and Events - Rafting offers world-class white water rafting adventures in Squamish BC!

We have a wide range of whitewater rafting trips available for all ages. Whether you're looking for a fun & relaxed trip with young kids, or a heart-pounding white water experience with your friends, look no further than Canadian Outback Adventures & Events - Rafting. We've got it all in Squamish, home of the incredible Elaho, Cheakamus & Squamish rivers.

This year, we're shooting GoPro HD video on every trip, perfect for showing off to your friends back home! Book a rafting trip with us & receive a discount on your hotel stay at the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort, Squamish!

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Chilliwack River Rafting Adventures - Chilliwack

49704 Chilliwack Lake Rd
Chilliwack, British Columbia
V4Z 1A7
Toll-free800-410-7238
Phone604-824-0334

Closer than you think to a Vancouver whitewater rafting adventure. Chilliwack River Rafting offers some of the best rides in small paddle rafts. Friendly expert professional guides maximize your fun with a family, moderate or aggressive Chilliwack whitewater rafting adventure. The Chilliwack River is our specialty. We host day & overnight trips for experienced & first time rafters from our riverside resort. Our relaxed private 2 hectare (5 acre) Chilliwack River Resort is the perfect location for corporate events, private parties & group camp outs. Whitewater adventure, stunning mountain views, hot showers, sauna, volleyball court, great staff & prices. Open year round.

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Fraser River Raft Expeditions - Yale

30950 Trans Canada Hwy
Yale, British Columbia
V0K 2S0
Toll-free800-363-7238
Phone604-863-2336

At Fraser River Raft Expeditions we are proud to offer a variety of expeditions down the Fraser & its tributaries. The river trips we offer vary from large volume rivers, like the mighty Fraser & Thompson, to small volume such as the Nahatlatch & Coquihalla. Our rafts range from large powered rafts to much smaller paddle rafts.

Whether you prefer to paddle the early season challenge of the Nahatlatch or Coquihalla rivers, hot summer fun on the Thompson or power rafting one of British Columbia's most spectacular river corridors, Fraser River Raft Expeditions has an expedition for you! Please visit our website for full details.

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Hyak River Rafting - Lytton

Toll-free800-663-7238
Phone604-734-8622

Since 1980, Hyak has entertained thousands of guests on river adventures that have earned us a reputation for quality, service & safety. With state of the art rafts & equipment, some of the finest guides in the industry & some of the best food on the river, we are committed to offering a first class, all-encompassing outdoor experience. Whether you're 8 or 80, the thrill of the whitewater & the spectacular scenery will make this the 'Best Day of your Summer'! From our popular Chilliwack & Thompson day trips to our world class Chilko/Chilcotin/Fraser 6-Day Expedition, Hyak has the perfect river adventure for you.

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Kumsheen Rafting Resort - Lytton - Lytton

1345 Trans-Canada Hwy 1
Lytton, British Columbia
V0K 1Z0
Toll-free800-663-6667
Phone250-455-2296

KUMSHEEN is BC's longest-standing & largest rafting resort. Complete with mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing & a variety of other activities, we have grown a lot since 1973. Come see what makes the Thompson river BC's most popular river & what has made KUMSHEEN the outfitter of choice for over 40 years, for over 250,000 people. This is BC adventure at it's finest!

KUMSHEEN | Raft. Relax. Recharge.

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REO Rafting Resort - Rafting - Boston Bar

17 Kms From Boston Bar On Nahatlatch River Rd
Boston Bar, British Columbia
V0K 1C0
Toll-free800-736-7238
Phone800-736-7238

REO is an adventure-style resort that overlooks the jade green Nahatlatch River, just 2.5 hrs drive from Vancouver. The resort offers wilderness seclusion in a spectacular setting on the edge of a canyon, surrounded by mountains of pine. REO offers all-inclusive, multi-sport vacations featuring whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock-rappelling, fishing, guided nature hikes & spa treatments. Trips include professional guides & delicious meals. For overnight stays, camp in your own tent or upgrade to a river's edge cabin tent. For unforgettable whitewater rafting trips & family adventure vacations near Vancouver, Whistler, Seattle & Vancouver Island, paddle with us on the Nahatlatch, Thompson, Stein & Fraser Rivers.

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Sunwolf Rafting - Brackendale

70002 Squamish Valley Rd
Brackendale, British Columbia
V0N 1H0
Toll-free877-806-8046
Phone604-898-1537

Owned by husband & wife rafting team, Jake & Jess Freese, Sunwolf is the only owner-operated rafting company in Sea-to-Sky country. We are a small company, committed to a more personal experience & we will only work alongside the best guides - professional raft guides with above industry standard certifications who are also the most fun on the river!

Throughout the summer, we offer spectacular whitewater rafting on class 1-4 rapids. In the winter, we offer Eagle Viewing Floats. Don't miss the opportunity to view Brackendale's bald eagles from a remarkable vantage point - the river.

Your rafting adventure will start & finish at our beautiful 5-acre riverside property with hot showers, a fully licensed cafe & a hot tub with awesome views of the Tantalus Mountains!

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Wedge Rafting - Whistler

218-4293 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Toll-free888-932-5899
Phone604-932-7171

The wide variety of Whistler Whitewater Rafting tours offered by Wedge Rafting provides the perfect challenge & adventure for your group. We offer white water tours between Classes 1 & 4 rapids.

In the presence of an experienced professional raft guide you will venture onto one of Whistler's pristine rivers with the confidence it takes to rip through the wild waters.

Come & join Whistler's original rafting company in an adventure you will be telling your friends about for years to come. It is quite simply the coolest thing to do this summer!

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BCYukon Adventures - Surrey

Toll-free877-821-1411
Phone604-501-9232

We offer some of the best wilderness adventures in British Columbia. Hiking, canoe, river rafting, & kayaking trips for beginners & experienced adventurers. Trips range from 6 to 12 days. In business since 1988.

Hikes include the West Coast Trail, Canada's top-rated hiking trip, & the historic Chilkoot Trail where we follow in the footsteps of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rushers. Sea kayaking tours on Vancouver Island include the Orcas of Johnstone Strait, & the sea otters of Nuchatlitz. Our canoe adventure is to the world famous Bowron Lakes, Canada's quintessential lake canoe experience. Our Tatshenshini River rafting in Northern BC is rated #1 in the world by National Geographic.

Expeditions include transportation from the point of origin, major equipment, food, meal preparation, professional guides, & safety items.

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Lotus Land Tours - Vancouver

1251 Cardero St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2H9
Toll-free800-528-3331
Phone604-684-4922

During the summer, Lotus Land Tours offers unique nature day tours around Vancouver with hotel pick-up. Popular are our Vancouver Kayak & Beach Barbecue in Indian Arm & our Whistler River Rafting adventure. See Grizzly bears on Grouse Mountain & cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge or watch whales with us on the way to Victoria where you see the magnificent Butchart Gardens. For details & more tours visit our website.

Knowledgeable guides accompany you always, ensure your safety & explain the sights. All our trips are family friendly & do not require experience or fitness & you don't have to be able to swim on our water trips. We have never lost anyone overboard on our kayak trip & the oldest paddler was 92 years old!

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