5 Rafting Destinations In BC To Try This Summer

British Columbia has some of the world’s best rafting experiences, and they’re located throughout the province. We chose this list of 5 rafting destinations in BC based on the concentration of rafting outfitters, the safety protocols they use, and how fun the rivers are. Here are 5 destinations to get you dreaming about exciting days on the river. Read to the end for the secret about the best rafting destinations in BC.

1. Squamish, British Columbia

Squamish and Whistler are not only very accessible from Vancouver (some rafting outfitters even offer shuttles!), it’s also close to exciting whitewater and trips for all levels of participants. If you’re looking for a half-day trip or team-building destination, Squamish and Whistler are an easy yes.

Rafting Near Squamish and Whistler, BC

The Class 2 and 3 rapids you will encounter on the Green River are sure to jostle your raft and challenge you to break through the whitewater.
Fueled by nature and an incredible destination for world-class Squamish rafting trips with Canadian Outback Rafting.
Our most exciting whitewater rafting experiences include the Nahatlatch (our premier and most popular river), Nahatlatch Canyon, Thompson and Stein.

2. Golden, British Columbia

Interior British Columbia has so much more than mountains to offer adventurous groups. The famed Kicking Horse River has views, as well as lively rapids, that will keep even experienced rafters entertained. This is a great road trip activity if you’re travelling between Vancouver and Calgary. Invermere, Panorama, and Radium Hot Springs are just over an hour’s drive from Golden and have even more rafting outfitters to take you on your perfect trip.

Tip: Check the Kicking Horse Canyon construction schedule and Drive BC if you're planning your trip from Calgary or other points east of BC. (Links open in a new tab.)

Rafting near Golden, BC

ROAM Adventures has been revolutionizing adventure travel since 1986 offering bespoke adventures throughout British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska.
This whitewater adventure offers thrills and excitement throughout the twists and turns of the Class I – III rapids of the beautiful Toby Creek. It is great for the first time rafter or the seasoned professional. A must do for all outdoor adventure families.
The Kootenay offers up the best family whitewater rafting trip in the Canadian Rockies of class II-III rapids. It is great for children as young as 5 and grandparents alike.
Since 1992, Wild Water Adventures has offered premium quality whitewater river experiences on the famous Kicking Horse River.
Glacier Raft Company has been providing white water rafting trips on the Kicking Horse River, and other beautiful rivers around Golden B.C. since 1982.

3. Valemount, British Columbia

When nothing short of epic will do, head to the Rockies. With gorgeous views of Mt. Robson and turquoise water, you have your choice of a mellow float trip or class IV excitement. Pair with other outdoor activities in Mt. Robson Provincial Park for a destination trip that’s worth the drive.

Rafting Near Valemount, BC

As a small whitewater company, Stellar Descents strives for excellence in customer service and exercises the highest standards of safety in order to provide the ultimate whitewater adventure.
Mount Robson Whitewater is a family owned and operated company, founded in 1996. Located in full view of Mount Robson, approximately 90 km west of Jasper, this picturesque property is nestled along the shores of the Mighty Fraser River.

4. Fernie, British Columbia

Southeastern BC has the classic combination of rivers, mountains, and multi-sport adventure all from one town. From rafting to stand-up paddleboarding, your time on the water will be well-spent in Fernie. 

Rafting Near Fernie, BC

Canyon Raft Company is the #1 choice for whitewater rafting tours in the Kootenays. If you’re looking for things to do in Fernie, BC, consider exploring the beautiful Elk River or Bull River with our professional & entertaining river guides.
Whitewater Rafting is a unique way to experience Fernie. You’ll enjoy breathtaking sceneries in our high quality 8 seater rafts as you navigate through carved canyons, and over Class 2, 3, and 4 rapids.

5. Lytton, British Columbia

Spectacular whitewater a few hours from Vancouver makes this region a perfect outdoor adventure weekend getaway. On-site overnight glamping options are an ideal way to get immersed in nature as comfortably as possible. Boston Bar is about 40 minutes closer to Vancouver. 

Rafting Near Lytton, BC

In 1973, Kumsheen pioneered white water rafting in British Columbia. For the past four decades, we have been perfecting our raft trips to offer a truly exceptional adventure, no matter your experience level.
Our most exciting whitewater rafting experiences include the Nahatlatch (our premier and most popular river), Nahatlatch Canyon, Thompson and Stein.

The biggest secret about rafting in British Columbia is that there’s great rafting in all corners of the province.  Check out our map of rafting outfitters to find this summer’s best rafting destinations in BC close to where you might already be planning a trip.