Raft the Fraser Canyon

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Raft the Fraser Canyon

Join us for a unique way to see the Fraser River.

As part of FraserFEST, you can raft sections of the Fraser Canyon from Xatśūll (Soda Creek) to Yale, BC, between July 31st and August 8th. All trips are 1-day adventures ideal for people who would like to experience the Fraser from off-the-beaten track.

The Fraser River from Soda Creek to Yale has over 10,000 years of First Nations history. Extreme landscape vistas, turbulent waters, and wildlife sightings abound through the corridors of French Bar, Moran, and Siska Canyons. Evidence of the gold rush and ancient rock art are side by side in this rarely-traveled route. Sandy beaches, amazing lunches, and the relaxing pace of river travel are just some of the memorable highlights on this expedition.

To take part in a FraserFEST rafting adventure, you need to get a group of friends or co-workers together and sponsor a raft! There are a total of four day trips to choose from (click the blue + symbol for more information):

Xatśūll to Williams Creek - Mon, July 31st

Approx. 4.5 hours
Travel though the territory of Xatśūll First Nation, the northernmost Secwepemc’ (Shuswap) community. Occupied for at least 5,000 years, this section of the Fraser was a small part of the vast traditional territory of the Secwepemc’ Nation.

Downriver, the vegetation is a mix of sage and bunch grass; sidehills are forested. The river narrows significantly, forming rapids and the ranchlands above are hidden from view. We travel under Rudy Johnson Bridge, an impressive example of a “do it yourself” project, and stop for lunch at Russian Island for a healthy and delicious lunch.

Sponsor a raft: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a raft, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Raft

What to expect: The trip is a power rafting trip, the rafts are large, stable and comfortable. The rapids splash, so you may get wet. The trip is suitable for ages 8 to 80 but it can be a long day for some.

What to Bring: Lifejackets and lunch are provided. Wear shorts or pants, a t-shirt and a pair of shoes that can get wet. Avoid heavy cotton if possible, and wear lightweight, quick drying clothing instead. For footwear, old running shoes or sport sandals work well, please avoid flip flops or sandals without a heel strap. Bring a small backpack with a warm layer of clothes, drinking bottle, sunscreen and a brimmed hat. In addition, you should bring a change of clothes that you keep in your vehicle for after the trip.

[Link to Google Map to come].

Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 9:00am on Monday, July 31st, at the Xatśūll Heritage Village at 3405 Mountain House Road, Williams Lake/Soda Creek. After check-in and a welcome circle, you will receive instructions and board the raft for an enjoyable day of rafting. You land at the Williams Lake River and will be shuttled to the Scout Island Nature Centre for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: After your day of rafting, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast In Williams Lake on Monday evening, July 31st. The dinner is included with the raft sponsorship, but you must register at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

Lillooet to Stein River - Sun, August 6th

Approx. 5.25 hours
Witness Xwisten First Nation Keely Weget-Whitney swim this section of the Fraser River alongside the rafts. This trip begins below Xwisten (Bridge River) Fishing Grounds, the past and current fishing area of the St’at’imc People. The traditional wind-dried method of preserving salmon is still used by the St’at’imc People today.

Remnants of the gold rush are evident, a brief stop at the largest placer mining site shows the stacked rock walls from the Chinese miners of 1860’s rush. The river enters into Nlaka’pamux traditional territory and ends at the clear waters of the Stein River, the only completely protected watershed on the Fraser River.

Sponsor a raft: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a raft, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Raft

What to expect: The trip is a power rafting trip, the rafts are large, stable and comfortable. The rapids splash, so you may get wet. The trip is suitable for ages 8 to 80 but it can be a long day for some.

What to Bring: Lifejackets and lunch are provided. Wear shorts or pants, a t-shirt and a pair of shoes that can get wet. Avoid heavy cotton if possible, and wear lightweight, quick drying clothing instead. For footwear, old running shoes or sport sandals work well, please avoid flip flops or sandals without a heel strap. Bring a small backpack with a warm layer of clothes, drinking bottle, sunscreen and a brimmed hat. In addition, you should bring a change of clothes that you keep in your vehicle for after the trip.

[Link to Google Map to come].

Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 9:00am on Sunday, August 6th, at the Cayoosh Creek Campground at 100 Cayoosh Park Rd, Lillooet. After check-in and a welcome circle, you will receive instructions and board the raft for an enjoyable day of rafting. You land at the Stein River and will take part in celebrating Keely’s completion of the Fraser Canyon Swim before being shuttled back to Lillooet.

Stein River to Tuckkwiowhum - Mon, August 7th

Approx. 5 hours
The day starts where the Thompson River joins the Fraser River at Lytton. The largest tributary of the mighty Fraser, the blue Thompson mixes slowly with the green silt-laden Fraser. Waterfalls, sandy beaches and traditional First Nation family fishing sites appear tucked into the steep canyon walls. Canada’s two trans-continental railways, CPR and CN, picturesquely crisscross above the Fraser in this narrow canyon corridor. The trip ends at Boston Bar, a tiny but tough mountain town.

Sponsor a raft: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a raft, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Raft

What to expect: The trip is a power rafting trip, the rafts are large, stable and comfortable. The rapids splash, so you may get wet. The trip is suitable for ages 8 to 80 but it can be a long day for some.

What to Bring: Lifejackets and lunch are provided. Wear shorts or pants, a t-shirt and a pair of shoes that can get wet. Avoid heavy cotton if possible, and wear lightweight, quick drying clothing instead. For footwear, old running shoes or sport sandals work well, please avoid flip flops or sandals without a heel strap. Bring a small backpack with a warm layer of clothes, drinking bottle, sunscreen and a brimmed hat. In addition, you should bring a change of clothes that you keep in your vehicle for after the trip.

[Link to Google Map to come].

Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 11:30am on Monday, August 7th, at the Lytton Gas Station at (ADDRESS?). After check-in and a welcome circle, you will receive instructions and board the raft for an enjoyable day of rafting. You land in Boston Bar, where it is a short walk to the Tucckwiowhum Heritage Village where you can enjoy the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast (see below). Afterwards, you will be shuttled back to Lytton.

Wild Salmon Feast: After your day of rafting, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village on Monday evening, Aug. 7th. The dinner is included with the raft sponsorship, but you must register at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

Hell's Gate: Boston Bar to Yale - Tues, August 8th

Approx. 6 hours.
Hold on to your hats! This day of heart-racing adventure is sure to get you soaked even on the sunniest of days. Challenge the rapids at Scuzzy Rock, China Bar and the unforgettable Hell’s Gate. The grand finale is the roller coaster action of Sailor Bar Rapids, a chain of huge standing waves that we run several times.

Sponsor a raft: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a raft, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Raft

What to expect: The trip is a power rafting trip, the rafts are large, stable and comfortable. The rapids splash, so you may get wet. The trip is suitable for ages 8 to 80 but it can be a long day for some.

What to Bring: Lifejackets and lunch are provided. Wear shorts or pants, a t-shirt and a pair of shoes that can get wet. Avoid heavy cotton if possible, and wear lightweight, quick drying clothing instead. For footwear, old running shoes or sport sandals work well, please avoid flip flops or sandals without a heel strap. Bring a small backpack with a warm layer of clothes, drinking bottle, sunscreen and a brimmed hat. In addition, you should bring a change of clothes that you keep in your vehicle for after the trip.

[Link to Google Map to come].

Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 9:30am on Tuesday, August 8th, at the Fraser River Raft Expedition headquarters at 30950 Trans Canada Highway, Yale. After check-in and a welcome circle, you will receive instructions before being shuttled to Boston Bar, where you will board the raft for an enjoyable day of rafting. You land back in Yale, where you are invited to enjoy the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: After your day of rafting, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Fraser River Raft Expedition headquarters in Yale on Tuesday evening, Aug. 8th. The dinner is included with the raft sponsorship, but you must register at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

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