Lillooet to Yale + Thompson River – Trip Details and Registration
4-Day Raft Trip: Lillooet to Yale + Thompson River
Wednesday, August 7th to Saturday, Aug 10th
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 a placer mining site shows the stacked rock walls from the Chinese miners of the 1860’s rush. The river enters into Nlaka’pamux traditional territory where the day ends at the clear waters of the Stein River, the only completely protected watershed on the Fraser River.
Day two 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 rafting ends for the day at Boston Bar, a tiny but tough mountain town. That evening, enjoy a Community Dinner with a performance at Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village.
The third and final day of this rafting expedition is in the iconic Fraser Canyon. 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.
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 12 and up, but the days can be long for some.
What to Bring: On the raft, 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. Packing list for expedition.
Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 7:30am on Wednesday, August 7th, 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 Lillooet, where you will board the raft for your 3-day rafting adventure. You land back in Yale, at the Fraser River Raft Expedition headquarters.
Price: $1,199 + GST for adults, $979 + GST for youth (8 to 16 years old).
Children must be at least 12 years old to participate in the paddle rafting on the Thompson River portion of the expedition.
Price includes transportation, secure parking in Yale, meals, professional guides, drybags, free photos and fun. Life jackets, splash gear, and thermal gear to keep you warm on cooler days are also provided.