For serious fun and adventure, look no further than White Water Rafting in Fernie, British Columbia where we have access to two rivers for rafting in variable conditions.
Each season brings varying intensity to the river and the rapids we raft on. After winter is finished the snow melts from the surrounding Kootenay Mountains and our early rafting season begins in May and June. This is an exciting time as the snowpack run-off causes the river to swell and the intensity of the rapids increase!! This is a great time of year for thrill- seeker rafters looking to get a ‘splash to the face!’ This time of year the water temperature is quite cool but we provide all the necessary gear to keep you warm and smiling!
Early July is when the temperatures start to rise, particularly in the South Country where the rafting trip takes place – temperatures here are almost always much warmer than in Fernie! This is a great time for rafting with water height still fairly high and running fast.
Later on in August and September the water levels and wave heights have dropped to create a family friendly rafting experience, particularly for kids and first time rafters. There are lots of opportunities for swimming along the way before we reach our final destination at Lake Koocanusa.
The Raging Elk Canyon
With 16 km's of Wilderness and White Water, the Raging Elk Canyon carves its way through the Rocky Mountains. With Towering Peaks, vertical canyon walls, great water temperatures and cliff jumping. You will be amazed by the scenery and the wildlife on the trip! Here are the names of the rapids you will get to experience! Pocket Full of Marbles, Roller Coaster, Jaffray Sports Hardware, Horizon Line, Landslide, Spin Cycle, Twin Towers, Crazy Wave, Purple Rock, Tight Squeeze, Calm Before the Storm and the Big Kahuna!
The Bull River
We are the Bull River Specialists. Run this White Water classic in medium to high water in May and June. This trip involves very exciting class 2-3+ rapids with beautiful mountains, lush forests and lots of wildlife. The Bull River is a great White Water challenge for anyone. Come and experience the fun for yourself!
White Water Rafting Prices – Elk Canyon & Bull River
Youth 15 and under $99 (+GST and $2 BCLW tax)
(8 years old and 50lb min weight restriction for our life jackets)
Phone the office for group rates!
Our trips include:
Wetsuits, life jackets, spray jackets, neoprene booties, helmet, paddle, raft, transportation, a great lunch and a certified guide!
What to expect:
Both trips depart from our office at the Stanford Resort at 9am where you will sign-in, meet your guide and jump on the bus for a short drive out to Elko where the rest of the crew is waiting. Here you will change into your wetsuit and gear for the trip and hike down into the canyon and meet your guide.
After a safety briefing you will board your raft, paddle- in-hand and hit up your first rapid! Halfway along the trip we stop for a delicious riverside lunch and a chat with our friendly and knowledgeable guides. After lunch we proceed down into the deepest section of the river to the Phillip’s Canyon where we do some cliff-jumping and go for a swim! Then we continue along the river, taking in this unbelievable experience featuring epic canyon walls and an abundance of wildlife – in particular the bald eagle!
If you are on the Elk Canyon trip your rafting experience will come to an end at Lake Koocanusa where the river feeds into the lake. Here the bus will be waiting to bring you back to the Stanford between 3-4pm and you can come upstairs and view all of the photos from your epic adventure!
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TERMS OF SERVICE: Mountain High Adventures reserves the right to change or cancel any trip due to lack of bookings, water levels, weather or other unforeseen circumstances.