20 west from Williams
Lake to Bella Coola
travels through the vast and interesting Chilcotin. The Coastal Mountains
form the western boundary separating the rain forests and fjords from
the plateau dotted by lakes, streams
and rolling grasslands. This is home to the Chilko River with headwaters
at Chilko Lake. Chilko
River, a turquoise blue-green colour cuts its way through rugged terrain
as it rushes to join the Chilcotin River and finally the mighty Fraser
River. Both the Chilko and Chilcotin are popular with whitewater rafters
and offer radical rafting excitement.
dropping 20 metres per kilometre (1,500 feet in 15 miles), but that
is what happens on the Chilko River. Lava Canyon, a 19 km (12 mi.) section
of the river, is where rafters will experience this exhilarating ride.
Raft the complete 107 km (67 mi.) length of the river or just sections.
This river ranges from a grade one up to a five with extreme rapids,
big drops and narrow passages. Guided whitewater rafting operators offer
packages customized to fit you and your family. The Chilko River has
a reputation of being one of the finest river trips in Canada. Find
out for yourself.
Chilcotin River (Cariboo Chilcotin):
River, with headwaters in the wilderness region near the Ilgachuz Range,
winds its way through mountains, open valleys, grasslands and canyons
as it hurries to meet the Fraser. As it rushes along, the Chilanko and
Chilco Rivers join in, making it another excellent rafting river in
the Cariboo Chilcotin. From
the high alpine to the desert canyons, rafters will encounter rapids,
eddies, rocks, narrow spots, standing waves and boulder gardens. This
river is graded from one to five as you raft the White Mile and Farwell
the Chilcotin River with a knowledgeable rafting guide. There are qualified
and experienced whitewater rafting establishment in the region who will
gladly customize a rafting tour for your party. Whitewater rafting the
Chilcotin River takes you by interesting and abundant wildlife, with plenty of photo
opportunities. Enjoy running the continuous whitewater on the Chilcotin
River offering new wilderness adventurers around every bend.
Fraser River (Cariboo Chilcotin):
Columbia's longest river, the fifth longest in Canada, is the Fraser
River. Starting in the Rocky Mountains at Mount Robson, the Fraser River
stretches for 1,368 km (848 mi.) and flows into the Pacific Ocean. It
starts as a meandering waterway that eventually becomes a rushing river
picking up silt and accumulating volume as other rivers and streams
George, in central BC, the Fraser heads southward through the Interior
Plateau. Soon, the fast flowing waters make their way through old volcanic
rock, forming deep and narrow canyons including the dramatic Fraser
Canyon. This is where the Fraser makes its way through a narrow
34 metre (99 foot) gorge, known as Hell's Gate.
Canyon is the section of river that offers the ultimate in river rafting.
Qualified tour operators take customers in motorized inflatable rafts
down river to run the rapids from Boston Bar to Yale. Rapids like Scuzzy
Rock, China Bar and Hells Gate. This one day excursion is open from
May to the end of August offering thrilling and exhilarating rides.
See and feel first hand the energy of the rapids and whirlpools, as
the raft churns rushing downstream.
The Nahatlatch River, which flows into the Fraser, is another very popular
rafting river. The fury of white water on the Nahatlatch offers an exuberant
and thrilling ride, all under the control of experienced and knowledgeable
river raft operators.
other rafting opportunities on the rivers of BC
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