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Duration
10 days
Cost
$5350
Arrival Airport
Vancouver (YVR)
Grade
river grade
Air Temp
24°C (75°F)
Water Temp
14°C (57°F)
Camping
7 nights
Hotel
2 nights

Overview


This world class river adventure winds through lush alpine forests, narrow canyons, high desert plateau 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 Farewell canyons and includes the longest stretch of commercially navigable water in North America. Your adventure starts and finishes in Vancouver where you’ll stay in the gorgeous Granville Island Hotel. You’ll take a spectacular flight through the Rockies before arriving in paradise at Chilko Lake. This is one of those unforgettable adventures. We also offer another trip in Canada to the Magpie in Quebec.

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Destination Map & Video


What you will be up to


1

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

No meals included.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7

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

Included: All meals.

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.

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.

10

Depart Vancouver for your flight home.

Speak to a WBN Advisor


UK +44 1226 740 444

USA +1 303 261 8896

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Friday 12 June - Sunday 21 July 202010 days£3995€4595$5350
Friday 26 June - Sunday 5 July 202010 days£3995€4595$5350
Friday 10 July - Sunday 19 July 202010 days£3995€4595$5350
Friday 24 July - Sunday 2 August 202010 days£3995€4595$5350
Friday 7 August - Sunday 16 August 202010 days£3995€4595$5350
Friday 21 August - Sunday 30 August 202010 days£3995€4595$5350

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.

Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED.

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

In order to secure your place pay your deposit  of £700 per person (USD$900 for U.S. customers). See our Terms & Conditions for full payment terms.

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

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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.

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Current COVID Travel Status To Canada


Travelling from the US

Canada is currently not allowing travellers to enter for vacation purposes. Watch this space as we expect it may open for summer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  •  Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, only essential travel is permitted when entering Canada by land, sea, or air.
  • Canada restricts non-essential land, sea, and air entry by foreign nationals.  For more information on entry restrictions, see Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) website here.
    • “Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. “Essential travel”, which is still permitted, includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes, for travelers ages 5 and older.
    • Travelers by land or air must provide negative laboratory COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results taken within 72 hours of their arrival at a land border or their scheduled air departure to Canada. There are no exceptions for travelers who are partially or fully vaccinated.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Upon arrival to Canada, as well as towards the end of their 14-day quarantine, travelers by land and air are required to take a COVID-19 molecular test. There are no exceptions for travelers who are partially or fully vaccinated. For more on these requirements, please click here.
    • All passengers on flights departing or arriving at Canadian airports are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering that covers their mouth and nose.
  • Land Travel Considerations:
    • Land borders are operating at reduced capacity and with limited hours. Visit CBP and CBSA for details on land border crossings.
    • Arriving land travelers must submit contact and other information prior to traveling, as detailed  here.
    • Stricter rules and additional entry conditions impact travelers transiting through Canada to or from Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose. Full information is available in the CBSA News release.
    • For more information on entering Canada at a land border, please click here.
  • Air Travel Considerations:
    • International airline passengers must arrive in Canada at one of four cities:  Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, or Montreal.
    • Arriving airline passengers must submit contact and other information prior to flying, as detailed here.
    • Airline passengers must quarantine in an approved hotel for three nights while they await arrival test results. Travelers are responsible for paying all hotel expenses (approximately $2,000 CAD). For more information, please click here.
  • If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a visitor (stay in Canada longer), you need to apply for a visitor record. A visitor record is a document that gives you status as a visitor in Canada, allows you to stay longer and includes a new expiration date. You must apply for a visitor record before your current status expires.
  • If you have a work permit that is about to expire or you need to make changes to it, you should apply to extend your work permit or change the conditions on it. You need to apply at least 30 days before your current work permit expires. You cannot extend your work permit beyond the expiration date of your passport.
  • If you have a pending Canadian immigration application and your U.S. passport has expired, please see the Government of Canada’s webpage on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration, refugee, citizenship, and passport operations. You may be eligible for an extension on your application if it is not documentarily complete due to COVID-19.

Travelling from the UK

Whilst Canada is currently on the British Amber List, currently Canada is not allowing travellers to enter the country.

ENTRY TO CANADA

The Canadian authorities are barring entry to Canada, including at its border with the US, to most foreign nationals, including British nationals. This exclusion does not apply to temporary foreign workers, most international students, Canadian citizens and permanent residents or their immediate and extended families provided they remain in Canada for 15 days or more. Anyone arriving in Canada must self-quarantine for 14 days, and have a credible self-isolation plan. Immediate and extended family members planning to stay for less than 15 days must be travelling for an essential purpose. Further details are available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website or call the Canada Border Service Agency helpline: 1 800 461 9999.

The Canadian government requires all passengers aged five and above to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling by air from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to coming to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Canada. Passengers without a negative test will be denied boarding. If you are travelling from a country where molecular testing is unavailable you will be required to report to a designated Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine facility for the duration of your mandatory 14-day quarantine. Delays in obtaining test results does not apply. Further details are available on Transport Canada’s website.

Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.

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