Fraser Canyon Sponsored Raft Trips
Raft the Fraser Canyon with us and let the Fraser River change the way you think about rivers.
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. Evidence of the gold rush and ancient rock art are side by side in this rarely-traveled route. Travel in comfort on large pontoon-style rafts called J-rigs through French Bar, Moran, Black and Siska Canyons. Sandy beaches, amazing meals and the relaxing pace of river travel are just some of the memorable highlights.
Trips Available for Sponsors
Sponsors may choose from the following trips (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 Secwépemc (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 Secwépemc 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. The grand finale is the roller coaster action of Sailor Bar Rapids, a chain of huge standing waves that we run several times.
Everyone lives in a watershed.
*Photo at top by RiverVoices.ca