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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