The Clearwater River Adventure

If you hear the name Clearwater River, then the next thing you should think about is whitewater rafting! Because of its high water volume, warm temperature and fantastic scenery; outdoor sports enthusiasts consider this river to be one of the best whitewater sites in Canada.

Clearwater-RiverClearwater River is specifically situated in the Wells Gray Provincial Park of British Columbia. This provincial park encompasses a land area of over 5,000 square kilometers, and is the fourth biggest provincial park in British Columbia. The park prides itself as one of the premier destinations for outdoor sports and activities like canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, fly- fishing, camping, hiking, and of course whitewater rafting.

Wells Gray offers its visitors beautiful waterfalls, deep lakes, lush mountain terrain and unadulterated wilderness. The Clearwater River distinguishes itself from other rafting rivers in the region as it runs 78 kilometers through the park, instead of along the highway. Compared to hiking, rafting is a better way of covering more ground in the park in a given time.

Clearwater offers a wide range of whitewater rapid grades which make it suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced. Outfitters operating in the area also offer family-friendly rafting trips that are suitable for children. Some of the popular sections of the river that are usually included in rafting trips include Tsunami, the Wall, and Buckaroo. Make no mistake about it, these rapid sections are as exciting and thrilling as their names suggest! Aside from being action packed, a whitewater rafting trip on the Clearwater River unravels an incredible canyon scenery and exposes you to various wildlife that thrive in the Wells Gray Country.

Clearwater-River2The season for whitewater rafting on Clearwater is from first week of May to the last week of October. There are three major tour companies that provide rafting trips to visitors. Each company organizes their own tour itinerary options to excite and delight guests. These options allow you to choose a trip that suits your skill level and adventure desires. The three outfitters are Liquid Lifestyles, Interior Whitewater Expeditions, and Riverside Adventures. Liquid Lifestyles provides half-day to two full day rafting tours. The company takes guests to remote spots in the park like the Spahats Waterfall, Candle Creek, Moul, Sylvia and Goodwin.

Interior Whitewater Expeditions has been providing tours for 30 years. The company offers a wide range of excursions that are tailored for people of varying ages. The company is proven experts in providing personal attention to smaller groups and incorporating multiple sports in one tour. Riverside Adventures offers its guests not only whitewater rafting but also other activities like kayaking, canoeing. It covers different types of rafting such as moving flat-water and whitewater. Riverside Adventures specializes in offering instructional courses and special expeditions. It also operates its own fitness center and guesthouse.

If you have the time to stick around after your big whitewater rafting trip; consider signing up for a relaxing and calm float trip that typically goes down the North Thompson River. This particular tour gives you more opportunity to witness exquisite wild creatures, flora and faunas, and marvel at the picturesque Wells Gray landscape. Float trips are very ideal for families with small children.

About Author:

Arie Boris has extensive travel industry experience, including business and sales development for commercial aviation, the International emergency assistance & travel insurance industry and a national association of travel agents. He was a contributing editor to several print and Internet travel publications, including Fieldings’ Worldwide Cruise Guide and was part of the start up team for CruiseCritic. He has written over 400 cruise ship reviews. Arie also produces and hosts Cruise Gourmet Voyages, a variety of fundraising & theme group cruises for various charitable and arts organizations. He has produced theme cruises for a variety of special interest groups including opera, comedy, spiritual retreats and fan clubs for TV shows like Dark Shadows and Dancing with the Stars!