THE MEET & GREET: Guests are greeted & welcomed and then sign a standard waiver that outlines some of the risks and hazards associated with whitewater rafting.
We walk together to the “Trip Meeting Location”, located beyond the parking area.
SUITING UP: Guests are outfitted with wetsuits (fleeces and splash jackets are available depending on the weather conditions). We also provide shoes (or neoprene booties in colder weather) for guests who don’t have appropriate river footwear. Guests’ clothing and valuables are stored in containers locked in the Rafting Head Quarters.
TEAM MEETING: Guests are introduced to one another and the guide outlines the upcoming trip itinerary which involves Class 2 and 3 rapids, with one section of Class 4 (rated according to the International Scale of 1 to 6)
LOADING UP: The team moves into our air conditioned 15 passenger vans. We travel out of Clearwater, heading up a backcountry road into Lava Canyon in the heart of Wells Gray Provincial Park.
ARRIVAL: After a 15 minute drive, the ‘Raft Mobile’ stops at the trailhead and guests put on the final and most important pieces of our gear; the Personal Floatation Device (PFD’s) and river helmets.
THE LAUNCH: Then the rafts are carried down into the river canyon launching area, which is located BELOW the Kettle, a famous Class 6 rapid. There is a personal introduction to the river as the guide encourages the team to get their wetsuits wet and feel out the river temperature.
SAFETY TALK/ORIENTATION: The guide outlines the protocols that will be followed to ensure that everyone has a safe and pleasurable river trip. The guide will also explain how the guests will work together as a team to propel the raft down the Clearwater River (if you prefer, some of the seats do not require you to paddle).
THE FIRST FEW HUNDRED METERS: Provides some friendly water where the guide and guests will have an opportunity to practice the paddling commands. Then the excitement begins as the raft rushes by an island through the first rapid.
THE WALL & THE FUNNEL CHUTE: While these may not be the biggest waves on the trip, these wild rapids are certainly the most technical sections, where the team has to work together to avoid certain river hazards.
THE HOLE-IN-THE-WALL AND THE BEAR’S DEN: These interesting geological features follow the first rapids and they are the results of the forces of high water erosion.
HAWAII 5-0, TSUNAMI, AND BUCKAROO: Then we are back into some of the best waves of the trip. These are famous for continuous explosive Class 3 breaking and standing waves. The Super Screamer seat is a must to try in this section!
SIDE HIKE: (Spring & Early Summer) To Candle Creek Falls where we can actually walk right behind the majestic water curtain and, at the right water levels, jump right into the rushing pool of water. It is often a highlight for many of our guests.
THE BIG GREEN MONSTER: A wild train of green waves which is really worthy of its name!
OSPREY RAPID: This set of waves is identifiable by the active osprey nest at the beginning of the rapids.
BODY SURFING: This is a nice deep section of class 1 rapids called the Swimmers Alley where we invite the guests to jump into the river and experience some of the waves up close and personal. This is of course fully optional and is done by floating on your back, feet first, connected to each other by holding hands, while timing your breathing at the bottom of the waves.
OTTER CHUTE: This is the final stretch of rapids which has an awesome wave train at the lower water levels.
CLIFF JUMPING: At Bubbly Rock Canyon, we invite guests to leap from an 8 meter canyon cliff. This is done during the months of August & September, when the water levels are more suitable for such an activity.
THE FINAL STRETCH OF RIVER: By this point in the river trip, guests are happy to enjoy a peaceful moment meandering down Bubbly Rock canyon while slowly traveling out of the Park into the town of Clearwater.
TAKE OUT: Shortly after rafting under the town bridge, prior to the North Thompson River, we bring the boat to rest and walk back 100 meters to the “Trip Meeting Location” where our dry clothes are awaiting us.
CELEBRATION: We get changed out of our wetsuits; have a cold drink, exchange river stories and funny anecdotes. Our knowledgeable staff is also happy to give out information and maps regarding other adventures in Wells Gray Park.