Canada Rafting and Multi-sport Vacations
The rivers and coastlines of western Canada, and the landscapes that envelop them, literally dwarf famous waters elsewhere in North America. Whitewater rafting in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Yukon through Canadian national and provincial parks like Nahanni, Tatshenshini-Alsek, Kluane and Tsy’los offers ultra-diverse beauty and wildlife in breadths seen in few other parts of the world. From glacial headwaters, these rivers surge through narrow gorges and along horizons of endless temperate rainforest and storied high country desert to the coastline—teeming with wildlife. No other region allows travelers to raft through mazes of aqua blue ice-bergs, camp on gravel bars frequented by grizzly bears and fly in a float plane to remote waterfalls. In the midst of this natural grandeur, Canada promises an adventure that truly stands as a testament to the majesty of our planet.
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“We did more activities in one day than we normally do in a week. We saw a grizzly on our first morning and checked that off of the bucket list. We laughed so much on this trip. The scenery was amazing. The stories were entertaining. We will miss everyone at Bear Camp, as well as the lifestyle, dearly."Tracy OARS Bear Camp guest
Frequently Asked Questions
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Where does OARS offer rafting trips in Canada?
OARS offers several unique options in western Canada, including rafting on the incomparable Class IV Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser Rivers or base-camping at a deluxe elevated safari camp on Chilko Lake for 4, 5, or 8 days of hiking, biking, rafting, sea kayaking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. In the Yukon and Northwest Territories respectively, longer Alsek-Tatshenshini and Nahanni River rafting expeditions are also available.
What Canada rafting trip is right for me?
All of OARS’s Canada adventures are unique. For whitewater enthusiasts, we recommend checking out the Chilko Chilcotin Fraser Rivers for the “White Mile”—one of the longest stretches of commercially raftable Class IV rapids on the planet. Adventure seekers will love the helicopter flight over a glacier in the middle of the Alsek River rafting trip. For a truly one-of-a-kind expedition into untamed wilds, land a float plane near Virginia Falls before floating through the rarely visited Nahanni National Park Reserve. On our Tatshenshini trip, you’ll traverse the Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park before crossing the U.S.-Canada border and ending in ice-berg-filled Alsek Bay.
Does OARS offer any Canada adventures without whitewater rafting?
For those who’d prefer a land-based stay, Bear Camp on the beautiful Chilko Lake is one of the best places for viewing grizzly bears and enjoying a fun family stay with shorter rafting trips as an option.
When are the grizzly bears most active?
Trips to Chilko Lake’s Bear Camp during September and October are most likely to see grizzly bears. Grizzly bear sightings at Bear Camp as well as on the Alsek and Nahanni are not uncommon throughout the summer and fall, but are not guaranteed.
Why travel with OARS in Canada?
OARS adventures in Canada are all but out-of-this-world, with wild whitewater and amazing wildlife viewing well into the early fall. We work with high-quality outfitters that have decades of experience hosting adventure travelers in the region.
For more than 50 years, OARS has led travelers of all ages and abilities to some of the most stunning locations on the planet. We thrive on creating adventures that take you off the beaten path and away from the crowds to magical landscapes, rivers and coastlines.