|Trip Length||8 days|
June 6, 20 (Wine Trip), July 4, 18, Aug 1, 15, 29
* Additional private launches may be available by request
|Age Range||13- 75|
|Special Offer||See specialty departures|
Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser River Rafting: Itinerary at a Glance
- Meet in Vancouver where we board a flight to Chilcotin country (see flight options). Flying over Whistler and the Coast Range offers a scenically spectacular start to our adventure
- Spend two glorious nights at Bear Camp - hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking and fishing while accommodated in an elevated deluxe safari-style tent
- Swift currents and gentle rapids carry us more than 25 miles to camp in a beautiful meadow surrounded by pines. Enjoy the first of many delightful meals in the wilderness
- Descend through Lava Canyon and challenge the longest, continuous stretch of whitewater on the continent - heart stopping hydraulics and towering, standing waves cascade for more than 14 miles through deep and narrow lava gorges
- Run the "Gap" - a 20-foot wide chute that carries us into the Chilcotin Plateau
- Hike at an ancient Indian fishing spot deep in the 1500-foot canyon
- Negotiate Big Creek rapid. Enjoy fun splashy rapids and the accelerating current as we whirl past towering hoodoos and dramatic canyons
- Challenge Big John Canyon, a stretch of the Chilcotin featuring countless massive wave trains
- Shuttle to the airstrip for the spectacular flight back to Vancouver
June 20 - Wine on the River
Aug 29 - Reading the River
R/T Vancouver to Williams Lake plus transfers on commercial plane $350 pp
- One-way direct charter to Bear Camp/ return to Vancouver commercial plane from Williams Lake $675 pp
- R/T Vancouver to Bear Camp airstrip by direct charter plane $1000 pp
- Float plane or heli access - quotes by request
The Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser is unmatched in its awesome diversity and enormous stretches of Class IV whitewater. The trip begins with a spectacular flight over the glaciated Coast Range into Williams Lake. From there, we transfer to the headwaters of Chilko where we spend two glorious nights at Bear Camp, perched at the juncture of Chilko Lake and the Chilko River.
Bear Camp is a safari-style deluxe tent camp with a Canadiana twist. From here we can hike, bike, kayak, canoe, SUP and fish while we explore this prisitne wilderness area. Our rafts depart Bear Camp on Monday mornig and this world-class river adventure winds through lush alpine forests, narrow canyons, high desert plateaus and skyscraping hoodoos, then ends 3,000 vertical feet lower and one week later on the Fraser River, the lifeblood of Canada's largest river system. The route runs through Lava, Big John and Farwell canyons and includes the continent's longest stretch of commercially navigable whitewater.
We think celebrated author Pam Houston sums it up best:
"What I love most about the river isn't the challenge of the rapids, isn't the drop dead gorgeous scenery, isn't even getting intimate with a place you can't get to in a car (though I love all those things too). What I love best about being on the river is the way you move through space at a speed humans were meant to move, and the whole day becomes about making your miles, making your meals, making a comfortable, if temporary, home."
The Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser is much more than this, but we think you get the picture!