It’s that time of year again. The sun’s out, temperatures are rising and the rivers are calling our name. If you ask us, it sounds like a white-water rafting trip is around the corner. Whether you’re looking to entertain the kids, enjoy a first date, host a corporate team building event, or simply spend a day enjoying the outdoors, rafting is the answer.
We’ve had a chat with our customers and unanimously decided everyone should try white-water rafting at least once in their life. Have a read through the list below and discover why you should join a Canadian Outback Rafting trip.
1. You’ll Find Amazing Views Around Every Corner
The Cheakamus and Elaho rivers are known for having stunning views around every corner, so grab your friends, jump on a raft, and paddle through the lush, green, fir forests. While the rushing white-water, and splashing rapids deserve your respect and attention, don’t forget to have a look at the snow-capped mountains towering above you. You’ll get an incredible perspective of the crevasse filled glaciers, gushing waterfalls, and views of Mt. Cayley, Mt. Fee and Mt. Garibaldi in the Tantalus Mountain Range.
If trees, mountains and inspiring rock cliffs don’t excite you, how do you feel about bears?
Each river in the Squamish valley is far away from human pollution and the chance of seeing wildlife – bears, mountain goats, deer and bald eagles – is plenty real. Between the river, the drive up, and our rafting base, we haven’t had a day this season without a wildlife sighting.
2. You Get a Personal Tour Guide for a Few Hours
Whether you’ve been in Squamish your whole life, or you’re just visiting for the day, we’re sure your raft guide will be able to teach you a thing or two. Enjoy the Elaho Exhilarator trip and learn about the Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) communities, and local myths and legends.
Aside from the guide’s local knowledge, most are world travellers and expert story tellers. Enjoy the few shared hours on a raft and ask to hear their funniest river stories, entertaining anecdotes and worldly advice.
3. You’ll Learn to Step Outside your Comfort Zone
We’re all a little nervous of something and it’s healthy to throw ourselves in the deep end and conquer our fears.
Maybe you’re scared of the water, maybe it’s bears, or maybe it’s something as simple as speaking in front of a crowd. Whatever it is, there’s no better way to overcome these fears then breaking the ice with group introductions on the bus and flying down a river in the sun alongside a group of friends.
4. You’ll Make Lifelong Memories and Connect with Friends
Many of our guides have been rafting for years and still talk about their first trip as if it was yesterday. Those first few rapids will be remembered for years to come, the mountain views imprinted in your mind, and the stories with your friends will be recounted often while looking at your trip photos and videos.
5. You’ll Experience a Range of Emotions You Didn’t Know Existed
Sometimes we’re nervous, sometimes we’re happy, and sometimes we’re a little bit of both. Each rafting trip is sure to have you experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions that change as quickly as the river does.
Between the wavy rapids, technical corners, surging waters and breathtaking views you’ll experience it all. Anyone that’s been on a raft trip before (guides included) will explain that each and every rapid involves a moment of sheer joy, pure terror and hysterical laughter.