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Rafting Trips for Individuals

FraserFEST Rafting: Trips for Individuals 

Raft the Fraser Canyon with us and let the Fraser River change your way of thinking about rivers. We have one-day raft trips as well as multi-day expeditions for you to choose from.

Hell’s Gate: 1-day raft trips
Boston Bar to Yale

Saturday, August 10th  –  or  –  Sunday, Aug 11th
(Approximately 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.

Price: $179 + GST for adults, $149 + GST for youth (8 to 18 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.

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Expedition raft trips

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.

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2-day raft trip: Lillooet to Stein River + Thompson River - August 7th - 8th

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.

Price: $649 + GST for adults, $604 + GST for youth (12 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.

More information.

2-day raft trip: Lytton to Yale - August 9th - 10th

This trip begins 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 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.

Price: $550 + GST for adults, $435 + GST 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.

More information.

3-day raft trip: Lillooet to Boston Bar + Thompson River - August 7th - 9th

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.

Price: $979 + GST for adults, $759 + GST for youth (12 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.

More information.

4-day raft trip: Lillooet to Yale & Thompson River - 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.

Price: $1,199 + GST for adults, $979 + GST for youth (12 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.

More information.

7-day raft trip: Xatśūll to Lillooet - Not available in 2019 due to rock slide

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.

Not available in 2019 due to rock slide.

12-day raft trip: Xatśūll to Yale - Not available in 2019 due to rock slide

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.

Not available in 2019 due to rock slide.

Everyone lives in a watershed.
Experience yours.

*Photo at top by Jan Vozenilek.

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