This world class river adventure winds through lush alpine forests, narrow canyons, high desert platuae and sky scraping 'hoodoos' (tall, thin spires of rock). Concluding 3000 vertical feet lower and one week later on the mighty Fraser River, the lifeblood of Canada's largest river system. The route runs through 'Lava, 'Big John' and Farwell canyons and includes the longest stretch of commercially navigable water in North America. We also have another trip to the Magpie in Quebec.

2 Nights
7 Nights
What You Will Be Up To!
  • Day 1.


    Arrive into Vancouver and transfer to your hotel to rest and recover from your flight.

    No meals included.

    Day 2.


    An incredible flight over the mountains and glaciers to land on the grass strip at Chilko Lake. A warm welcome to your 'new home' at Bears Den and your first of many delightful meals in the wilderness.

    Included: All meals.

    Day 3.


    After breakfast it's your choice. An easy hike to Green Lake, a longer hike up Mount Tullin, mountain biking, kayaking or fishing. Or simply relax at camp.

    Included: All meals.

    Day 4.


    Our river descent begins through Lava Canyon, more than eithteen miles of towering, standing waves in a deep narrow gorge. Later at camp, a celebration after our fun filled day of adventure.

    Included: All meals.

  • Day 5.


    This morning we emerge onto the Chlicotin plateau. A day for trying your hand on the oars or paddling an inflatable kayak. we arrive early into camp with plenty of time to relax.

    Included: All meals.

    Day 6.


    Some friendly class II and III rapids today. After lunch we ride the 'Goose Neck' rapids while golden eagles soar high above us. Tonight we camp at the confluence of Big Creek.

    Included: All meals.

    Day 7.


    Today is layover day! A leisurely breakfast and a hike up Dome Mountain for an incredible view.

    Included: All meals.

    Day 8.


    We break camp and immediately enter the Big Creek rapids. After lunch we float through a California Big Horn sheep reserve. Later we enter the 'Gates of Mordor' and challenge 'Big John Canyon', camping overnight on one of the many massive beaches on the Fraser River.

    Included: All meals.

    Day 9.


    A peaceful float this morning to our take out by the historic Gang Ranch, our vehicles will shuttle us to Williams Lake to meet our plane for the spectacular flight over the Coast Mountains back to Vancouver and our hotel.

    Included: All meals.

  • Day 10.


    Depart Vancouver for your flight home.

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Dates & Prices

Your trip starts and finishes in Vancouver, BC. In order to give you increased flexibility for your holiday please call our UK or US office's for advice on who to book your flights with. Many airlines offer flights to Vancouver (YVR), from the UK.  We  recommend contacting Trailfinders for your best flight options or the excellent and competitive folks at Exito Travel. Many operators also offer flights from the US, but we suggest for the best deals check out Skyscanner.  If you need any help with flights, please dont hesitate to contact us

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We have price and departure information about the following trips in Canada (river prices only - flights not included).

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Please note that prices shown in GBP & USD are payable. UK residents should pay in GBP and USA residents should pay in USD.

Chilko River, BC.

Saturday 13 July 2019 - Monday 22 July 2019
10 Days
GBP £ 3450
USD $ 4295

What You Should Bring

River wear:

  • A pair of Chacos / Keens or similar sandals. (Sandals with a closed toe are ideal)
  • 2 pairs of river shorts (longer leg length) shorts can be purchased from our online shop.
  • 2 swimming costume or bikini for ladies.
  • Long sleeved thermal top and bottoms to wear under your life jacket. Capilene, Polypropylene or Merino wool is best. (not cotton)
  • A rash vest (not cotton) as an alternative to the thermal layer.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off – can be purchased from our online shop. (remove the button from the top of the cap – sometimes your helmet presses down on it, causing discomfort)
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head – can be purchased on line or from your river crew.
  • 2 x 1 Litre Nalgene / Sigg or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Waterproof camera such as GoPro for the ‘action’ shots
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF30 minimum.


Around camp:

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long trousers, zip off legs are ideal.
  • 1 pair of warm fleece like trousers.
  • 2 Lightweight tops - long sleeved shirts or t shirts.
  • Fleece jumper.
  • Light weight down jacket (essential).
  • Rain jacket.
  • Wide brimmed sun hat.
  • Woolly hat, gloves, buff / scarf.
  • Walking shoes or boots.
  • Underwear.
  • Thermal top and bottoms. (Good to sleep in)
  • A 4-season sleeping bag. (Can be hired in advance)
  • Travel Pillow.

 Personal items:

  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitiser.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch with spare batteries.
  • Any medication you may be taking.
  • Blister plasters or moleskin.


  • Your favourite book/kindle or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Binoculars.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere.
  • Spare memory card.
  • Solar or portable charger.
  • Zip lock bags to keep valuables dry and sand free.
  • Rehydration tablets (Phizz, Nuun and O.R.S are easily available)
  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items, gratuities and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink.

You do not need to bring tents + sleeping mats.

We provide wetsuits, personal flotation jackets, spray jackets and helmets.

At the pre-departure meeting you will be given a dry bag. In to which you will pack all you require on the trip, including your sleeping bag and camping mattress.


View our ‘How to pack your dry bag here –

Visit our Water Shop for Water by Nature hats and clothing.

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