The best and easiest way to experience a white-water rafting trip is on a half- or full-day trip with a qualified guide. In the vicinity of Vancouver, the Green, Fraser, Nahatlatch, and Thompson Rivers are run commercially. In the Canadian Rockies, the Kicking Horse, Sunwapta, and Kananaskis Rivers provide the thrills. Expect to pay $90–140 for a full day’s excitement, transfers, and lunch.
For those with some experience in both river and wilderness travel, there are some excellent opportunities for extended river trips. Close to Vancouver, the classic of these run the Chilko, Chilcotin, then Fraser Rivers and lasts up to two weeks. In the far north of the province, the Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers are popular destinations, while in the Northwest Territories the legendary South Nahanni River is at the top of many people’s to-do list.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition