Riverside Rafting on Clearwater River in Wells Gray Park

Riverside Rafting on Clearwater River in Wells Gray Park
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$81.68
Duration: 3 hours
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Experience an exhilarating, 3-hour, river-rafting adventure on the pristine waters of Clearwater River in Wells Gray Park, British Columbia. This guided rafting experience includes challenging whitewater, spectacular canyon scenery, unique wilderness and wildlife, side hikes to waterfalls, and the best river gear available — all wrapped up in a small-group gathering for personalized service. Tours are led by rafting professionals with outstanding guiding expertise and a vast knowledge of Wells Gray Provincial Park. This trip is a great introduction and ideal stepping-stone to more advanced river-running skill development.

After arriving at Riverside Adventures and Fitness Centre, get outfitted with a wetsuit for the upcoming rafting journey.

Travel up a backcountry road into Wells Gray Provincial Park for a safety talk and orientation. The guide will outline the required protocols to ensure that everyone has a safe and pleasurable river trip. He/she will also explain how everyone will work together as a team to propel the raft down the Clearwater River (if preferred, some seats do not require paddling).

The first few hundred meters of the river provide some friendly water, with an opportunity to practice the paddling commands. Then the excitement begins as the raft rushes by an island through the first rapid.

The Wall and the Funnel Chute section may not be the biggest waves on the trip, but these wild waters are certainly the most technical sections, where everyone will have to work together to avoid certain river hazards. Following the first rapids, paddle down to the Hole-in-the-Wall and the Bear's Den, which have interesting features resulting from the forces of high-water erosion.

Afterwards, return to some of the best waves of the trip. Hawaii 5-0, Tsunami, and Buckaroo are famous for continuous explosive Class III breaking and standing waves. The Super Screamer seat is a must to try in this section.

Take a break between waves to enjoy a side hike (spring and early summer) to Candle Creek Falls, where it's possible to walk behind the majestic water curtain and even jump into the rushing pool of water at the right water levels. It is often a highlight for many people.

Upon returning to the waters, hit the Big Green Monster section, which is a wild train of waves that is really worthy of its name. Afterwards, raft through Osprey Rapid, a set of waves identifiable by the active osprey nest at the beginning of the rapids.

During the river swim portion of the trip, jump into the water and experience some of the waves up close. This is, of course, fully optional and is done by floating on the back, feet first, connected to each other by holding hands, while timing the breathing at the bottom of the waves.

At Bubbly Rock Canyon, leap from an 8-meter (25-foot) high cliff. This is done during the months of August and September, when the water levels are more suitable for such an activity.

The final stretch of the rapids, otherwise known as the Otter Stretch, has an awesome wave train at lower water levels. At this point in the river trip, take the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful moment meandering down the river canyon while slowly traveling out of the Park into the town of Clearwater.

Experience an exhilarating, 3-hour, river-rafting adventure on the pristine waters of Clearwater River in Wells Gray Park, British Columbia. This guided rafting experience includes challenging whitewater, spectacular canyon scenery, unique wilderness and wildlife, side hikes to waterfalls, and the best river gear available — all wrapped up in a small-group gathering for personalized service. Tours are led by rafting professionals with outstanding guiding expertise and a vast knowledge of Wells Gray Provincial Park. This trip is a great introduction and ideal stepping-stone to more advanced river-running skill development.