This six day, three river adventure combines North America's most exhilarating river rafting with the breath taking scenery of British Columbia.
National Geographic Used Hyak For Their River Rafting Vacation. Since 1980, we've entertained thousands of guests on BC's River's adventures that have earned us a reputation for quality, service and safety. Professionals on and off the river, our guides and support staff are knowledgeable and never short of a smile. Our goal is to deliver the best overall river rafting experience; one of the reasons “National Geographic” placed their confidence in Hyak to guide them down the Chilko, Chilcotin and Fraser Rivers.
From a peaceful beginning at Chilko Lake, to the World Class whitewater of "Lava Canyon" and the majesty of the Fraser River, Hyak's six-day, three-river adventure combines North America's most exhilarating river rafting with the spectacular scenery of British Columbia. It's not just the power of the Chilko, Chilcotin and Fraser Rivers that fascinates people from around the world, nor the paths we take while winding our way through some of Canada's most spectacular wilderness; it's the chance to experience an all-encompassing outdoor expedition. From a leisurely calm to an exhilarating high, the Chilko, Chilcotin-Fraser adventure is one you will never forget.
Departures: July 28 - Aug 2, Aug 4 - Aug 9, Aug 11 - Aug 16
Difficulty Rating: Class III - V
The flight from Vancouver to Chilko Lake takes approximately one hour. From Chilko Lake to the take out at Gang Ranch Bridge on the Fraser River, we cover 120 miles by raft. From the take out at Churn Creek, we travel by mini-bus to the town of Cache Creek. Here we fly by charter plane down the Thompson & Fraser Rivers back to Vancouver.
On the River
Our rafts are oar and paddle powered (no motors) so each member can either take a paddle and participate or just relax and let your guide concentrate on the river. Fishermen, don't forget your gear as we can cast a line on the quiet stretches. Everyone must wear a life jacket at all times while on the water.
After unloading the rafts, each member sets up his or her own tent. There is plenty of time to go hiking, fishing, swimming or just relax before dinner is served. The guides prepare the meals but if you want to join in, please do so. Our menu is a gourmet delight, many surprises await you. We promise outdoor cooking, the likes of which you have never imagined. We provide beer and wine each evening and special coffees after dinner. (There will be no consumption of alcohol during the day until we reach camp.) After dinner, we get together around the fire to enjoy songs and stories under the clear starlit sky. Although insects are usually hard to find in this semi-arid climate, a well prepared rafter is a happy rafter; bring your bug repellent. In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we break camp, load the rafts and head down river.
Black bear, moose, mule, deer, cougar, coyote, and California big horn sheep are just a few of the animals we have seen along this river system. Bird life is also abundant. Golden and bald eagles, osprey and many species of hawks, to mention just a few, are observed on every trip. This river system is also a major spawning ground for sockeye and chinook salmon. They can be seen in the crystal clear waters during their late summer run. And fishermen, don't forget your rod and reel for rainbow trout.
The Chilko/Chilcotin/Fraser River System is on the leeward side of the coastal mountains of British Columbia. The weather here is generally dry and sunny. This is a semi-arid area receiving under 15 inches of rain annually. Ponderosa pine, sage brush and prickly pear cactus give a good indication of the kind of weather we can expect. Daytime average high: 25c/85f. Night-time average low 10c/50f.
Reservation and Cancellation Policy
A deposit of $700 CAD is required to reserve your place; full payment is required by June 1st. We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance in case circumstances develop prohibiting you from taking part in the expedition. If notice of cancellation (for medical reasons only) is received in writing before June 1st, the deposit will be returned less a $100 administration fee. Due to the nature of this expedition, which requires long-range planning and early commitment of resources, no refunds will be given if cancellation notice is received after June 1st.
Safety and Responsibility
We recommend that you purchase an inexpensive travel insurance package covering your personal belongings, increased medical coverage, and trip cancellation insurance. Each expedition member must realize that there are certain risks involved in undertaking a wilderness river expedition. While every precaution is taken to safeguard you and your belongings, you must assume these risks and sign a liability release form exempting Hyak Wilderness Adventures and its personnel from any responsibility for injury, damage or loss of property. We are proud of our safety record at Hyak and promise to make your river trip a safe and enjoyable one. Anyone appearing under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be denied to participate.
Book a trip
Each member of this expedition is provided with one large waterproof bag and one medium size day bag. To ensure that your clothes and camping gear remain dry, you should pack your belongings in one, or more large plastic bags. Small ziplock bags are useful for keeping water off toiletry items and keeping the dust off of camera equipment and film. We suggest that you do not bring valuables on the trip due to the risk of damage or loss. Anything you may need throughout the day should be packed in your medium sized day bag as the larger waterproof bags will be inaccessible
- 1 pair light hiking boots or walking boots
- 1 pair tennis shoes or sneakers
- 1 pair wet suit booties or rubber boots, if your feet are susceptible to cold
- 1 pair of river shoes or "Teva" sandals
- socks and undergarments for 6 days
- 1 quality waterproof rain suit (jacket/pants used for sailing)
- 2 pairs pants
- 2 shirts
- 2 t-shirts
- 1 warm sweater
- 1 fleece sweater/jacket
- 1 light jacket
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 1 swim suit
- 1 hat (for sun or rain)
- personal medication as required
- extra eyeglasses or contact lens and supplies
- sun glasses
- sunscreen, spf 15 or higher
- skin lotion
- camera and film
- personal kit (toothbrush/paste, towel, soap, etc.)
Camping Equipment (Optional):
- sleeping bag
- thermarest or air mattress
- small day pack for hikes (optional)
- collapsible fishing rod with case (optional)
NOTE: Pack all gear into soft luggage to be transferred into provided waterproof bags. Ensure that your personal equipment weighs no more than 40 lbs
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