Raft the Fraser Canyon 2019

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Raft the Fraser Canyon

Join us and let the Fraser River change your way of thinking about rivers.

As part of FraserFEST, you can raft sections of the Fraser Canyon from Xatśūll to Yale, BC, between August 1st and 11th.

The Fraser River from Soda Creek to Yale has over 10,000 years of Indigenous history. Extreme landscape vistas, turbulent waters, and wildlife sightings abound through the many corridors and canyons. Travel in comfort on large pontoon-style rafts called J-rigs through French Bar, Moran, Black and Siska Canyons. Evidence of the gold rush and ancient rock art are side by side in this rarely-traveled route. Sandy beaches, amazing meals and the relaxing pace of river travel are just some of the memorable highlights.

Two ways to let the Fraser River change your life:
1) Get a group together and sponsor a raft, there are 4 one-day trips to choose from.
2) Sign up for individual seats on a one, three, six or nine-day rafting trip.

Trips for Individuals

(Click the blue + symbol for more information.)

Hell's Gate 1-day raft trip: Boston Bar to Yale - Sat, August 10th or Sun, Aug 11th

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. Take this one-day adventure to experience the mighty Fraser River and some of the largest commercially rafted white water in North America. Ride through the scenic Fraser Canyon in comfort and safety on large power rafts.

Enjoy the majestic views, wildlife and cultural history on this diverse and incredible waterway. Challenge the rapids at Scuzzy Rock, China Bar and more. Pause midway for a well-deserved rest after conquering the unforgettable rapids at Hell’s Gate. Enjoy a buffet lunch served on a secluded riverside beach where you can swim, hike or just relax in the sunshine. The grand finale is the roller coaster action of Sailor Bar Rapids, a chain of huge standing waves that we rerun 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 8 to 80 but it can be a long day for some.

What to Bring: 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 change of clothes to keep in your vehicle for after the trip.

Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 10:00am on your rafting day (Aug. 10 or Aug. 11), 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, at the Fraser River Raft Expedition headquarters.

Price: $183.75 for adults, $152.25 for youth (must be 8 to 16 years old).
Includes transportation, secure parking in Yale, a delicious buffet lunch, professional guides, free photos and fun. Life jackets, splash gear, and thermal gear to keep you warm on cooler days are also provided.

Register for a Hell’s Gate rafting trip. 

FraserFEST Community Dinner: After your day of rafting, please join us for a Community Dinner. On Saturday, Aug. 10, we will be hosting the Kanaka Bar Community Dinner, and on Sunday, Aug. 11, we will be hosting the Yale Community Dinner. The dinners are by donation, but you must register in advance of your rafting day.

Register for a dinner.

3-day raft trip: Lillooet to Yale - August 7th - 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 8 to 80 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: $828.45 for adults, $660.45 for youth (must be 8 to 16 years old).
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.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: After your rafting adventure, please join us for the Kanaka Bar Community Dinner on Saturday evening, Aug. 10th. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the dinner.

6-day raft trip: Xatśūll to Lillooet - August 1st - 6th

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.

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 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 9:30am on Thursday, August 1st, 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 Xatśūll, where you will board the raft for your 6-day rafting adventure. You land in Lillooet…?.

Price: $2,047.50 for adults.
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.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: After your rafting adventure, please join us for the Lillooet Community Dinner on Tuesday evening, Aug. 6th. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the dinner.

9-day raft trip: Xatśūll to Yale - August 1st - 6th

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.

This trip travels through the 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 where the day ends at the clear waters of the Stein River, the only completely protected watershed on the Fraser River.

Day eight 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 day ends at Boston Bar, a tiny but tough mountain town.

The final day of this rafting adventure will get your heart racing! You are sure to get 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.

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 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 9:30am on Thursday, August 1st, 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 Xatśūll, where you will board the raft for your 9-day rafting adventure. You land back in Yale, at the Fraser River Raft Expedition headquarters.

Price: $3,071.25 for adults.
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.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: After your last day of rafting, please join us for the Kanaka Bar Community Dinner on Saturday evening, Aug. 10th. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the dinner.

Trips for Groups

There are a total of four day trips for raft sponsors to choose from (click the blue + symbol for more information):

Xatśūll to Williams Creek - Thurs, Aug. 1st

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.

Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 9:00am on Thursday, August 1st, 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 where you are invited to take part in the FraserFEST Community Dinner (see below).

FraserFEST Community Dinner: After your day of rafting, please join us for the Williams Lake Community Dinner on Thursday evening, Aug. 1st. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the dinner.

Lillooet to Stein River - Wed, August 7th

Approx. 5.25 hours
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.

Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 9:00am on Wednesday, August 7th, 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 be shuttled back to Lillooet.

Lytton to Tuckkwiowhum - Fri, August 9th

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.

Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 11:30am on Friday, August 9th, at the Lytton Gas Station. 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, it is a short walk to the Tucckwiowhum Heritage Village where you are invited to join us for the FraserFEST Community Dinner (see below). Afterwards, you will be shuttled back to Lytton.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: After your day of rafting, please join us for the Tucckwiowhum Community Dinner at Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village on Friday evening, Aug. 9th. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the dinner.

Hell's Gate: Boston Bar to Yale - Sat, August 10th or Sun, August 11th

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.

Logistics: Meet your rafting group at 9:30am on your rafting day, 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 join us for a FraserFEST Community Dinner (see below).

FraserFEST Community Dinner: After your day of rafting, please join us for a Community Dinner. On Saturday, Aug. 10, we will be hosting the Kanaka Bar Community Dinner, and on Sunday, Aug. 11, we will be hosting the Yale Community Dinner. The dinners are by donation, but you must register in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the dinner.

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