Scream, laugh, shout — as you ride the Class III rapids of the mighty Fraser River near Valemount. It was custom designed for adventure.
Ride the Rapids
Maybe you’ve seen it on television, maybe a friend has done it and told you about it with his or her eyes still ablaze from the adrenaline rush. Don’t wait. Now is the time to climb aboard, grab a paddle and focus. White-water rafting is a thrill, but it’s so much more. When you’re out on the water at the mercy of the mighty Fraser River, that’s all there is — nothing else matters. Out here, the only thing you hear is the deafening roar of the water as it carries you through its wake; the only thing you feel is the icy spray as it hits you in the face and keeps you focused. On this river in the shadow of the magnificent Mount Robson, the only thing you need to think about is what’s around the next corner, and the only thing you need to feel is alive.
Thrill of a lifetime
Scream, shout or just laugh hysterically — no one will hear you over the roar of the river, and even if they did, they’d be too busy doing the same to care. White-water rafting has been compared to riding a roller coaster, but that doesn’t do it justice. Out here, the track is the river, the turns and dips are not engineered, but laid down by Mother Nature who strategically placed these boulders in your path. High five strangers after completing a circuit of insane rapids — everything from easy Class I to wild Class III — then take a deep breath and get ready for more. Two hours will feel like 10 minutes out here. If you’re looking for even bigger thrills then give the Beaver River a go. The Beaver offers the only Class V rapids in the region which means those rapids are big, they’re gnarly, they’re technical and they’re fast. With more than 7 named rapids on this run, it is considered a must-ride for adrenaline seekers who are given the chance to navigate Beaver Falls before coming to a rest.
Float your boat
Look around. From this angle it is possible to truly appreciate the Fraser River and recognize it as the heart of this delicate ecosystem, bringing life and sustenance to all. From your seat in the raft watch the wildlife. Birds of prey look down, waiting for a meal to swim by. See a momma bear and her cub carefully walk to the water’s edge and take a drink. Soak up the smells of the damp, loamy earth and catch the wind in your hair as it skates through the deep, dark woods that lean precariously close to the river. When the river opens up you’ll be able to see the ranges that surround you — the Cariboo, and the Canadian Rockies. It’s here that your knowledgeable guides will not only tell you about this place and its history, they’ll bring you back to a time when it was the only thing that mattered to the first settlers.