White Water Rafting


River Rafting with Mountain High Adventures

For serious fun and adventure, look no further than Mountain High Adventures in Fernie, British Columbia (BC) where we have access to two rivers for white water rafting in variable conditions.

When it comes to river rafting, BC has a lot to offer, no matter the season. Each season brings varying intensity to 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-seeking whitewater 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, exploring, and smiling.

Early July is a great time for river rafting in BC because the temperatures start to rise, particularly in the South Country where the trip takes place. Plus, during this time the water's height will still be fairly high, and it will have fast running rapids.

In August and September the water levels and wave heights drop, which creates a family friendly whitewater rafting experience, especially for kids and first time rafters. There are also lots of opportunities for swimming along the way before reaching the trip's final destination at Lake Koocanusa.

What to Expect:

Trips depart from our office at the Stanford Resort at 9 am where you'll sign-in, meet your guide, then jump on the bus for a short drive to Elko where the rest of the crew will be waiting. At Elko, you'll change into your wetsuit, obtain your gear for the trip, and hike down into the canyon with your guide.

After a thorough safety briefing, you'll board your raft with a paddle in hand, and hit up your first rapid. Halfway through the trip we'll stop for a delicious riverside picnic lunch, and you'll have a chance to chat with your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. After lunch we proceed down into the deepest section of the river to Phillip’s Canyon where we do some cliff-diving and go for a swim. Once the diving and swimming is all done, we continue along, taking in the scenery of the epic canyon walls and the abundance of wildlife, particularly the majestic bald eagle.

If you're on the Elk Canyon trip your white river rafting experience will come to an end at Lake Koocanusa where the river feeds into the lake. From 3-4 pm the bus will be waiting to take you back to the Stanford where you can view all of the photos from your epic adventure!

The Raging Elk Canyon

The Raging Elk Canyon is 16 kms of Wilderness and whitewater carving its way through the Rocky Mountains with Towering Peaks, vertical canyon walls. and cliff diving opportunities. You'll be amazed by the scenery and the wildlife along this canyon. It truly embodies everything that rafting in British Columbia is, and when it comes to white water rafting, BC has some of the best rapids around! Here are the names of the rapids you'll 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

  • The Big Kahuna

Prices – Elk Canyon & Bull River

Adult $149

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.

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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.


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