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

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

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

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

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

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.