From a River Raft
First, choose your speed: Paddle or float? Then figure out what you want to see and time it right: the season runs late April to early October. On Vancouver Island’s Cowichan River, you can join an easygoing float in a tube with The Tube Shack. The outfitter also leads sunset full moon standup paddleboard (SUP) tours around the estuary, class II and IV rapids on the island’s largest volume river, the Nimpkish, and wildlife viewing on the Southgate next to the untamed, iconic Great Bear Rainforest.
Other top options are the Nahatlatch River, a tributary of Vancouver’s mighty Fraser River, for whitewater, glamping, and yoga, and a scenic trip down the Fraser, BC’s longest river, for front-seat views of Mount Robson, the Rockies’ highest at 12,972 ft (3,954 m). Dip into some of North America’s most sporty class III and IV rapids on the Elaho near Squamish. Or if you like it extreme, blast through 14 rapids on southeastern BC’s Kicking Horse River, framed by canyon walls and the Canadian Rockies. End the day with a dip in the Radium Hot Springs outdoor mineral pools.