Whitewater rafting trips on Vancouver Island
are based out of Campbell River.
Here you will fine temperate climates,
unspoiled scenery, pristine rain forests and challenging rivers.
The north east coast of Vancouver Island is famous for its untouched wilderness,
ocean views and natural vistas. Here you can also spot a bald eagle or catch a glimpse
of a whale or the abundant salmon.
Campbell River is a 1.5 hour drive from Nanaimo or 3 hours from Victoria where the
ferry terminals are. There is also airline service to Campbell River.
Whitewater Rafting Options
There are a number of whitewater rafting options that allow you to spend a few hours
to a multi-day adventure.
Pick up a waterproof camera as you have some great photo opportunities.
Campbell River (the river not the town) rafting is rated as class I – II so it is
suitable for beginners or the faint of heart. During the month of August you can
swim or snorkel with the spawning salmon. The best time of year for rafting is from
May to August.
Upper and Lower Nimpkish River
The Upper Nimpkish is the more extreme part of the river with more difficult rapids
that are closer together to add to the adventure. Upper Nimpkish is rated as class
III-IV so only consider these rapids if you are quite experienced.
On the lower Nimpkish River you will encounter around 40 sets of rapids but they
are the mild version so are suitable for beginners. You can even stop off for a
swim or explore a cave. Lower Nimpkish River is rated as Class II – III.
The best time of year is from May to August. Keep an eye out for spotting wildlife
like deer, cougars, bears and elk.
The Nimpkish River is on north central Vancouver Island about a 90-minute drive
northwest from Campbell River.
Southgate River, rated as class I – II, is on the mainland but the best way to get
there is via Campbell River. Here you get to raft on glacier green waters fed by
the Homathko Icefields.
The only access to this remote area is by helicopter or by boat, so it a multi-day
trip. The best time of year is late summer – August to September.
Tour Operators for Whitewater Rafting
Destiny River Adventures, based in Campbell River, offers professionally guided
river rafting tours for the beginners to expert whitewater enthusiasts. As part
of the tours you can enjoy other activities including fishing, wildlife spotting,
swimming and caving.
Their tours cover half day rafting, full day rafting or 4 day expeditions on the
Campbell River, Oyster River, Nimpkish River and Southgate River.
Reservations are recommended.
For those that prefer telephone or regular mail our contact information follows:
Phone: 250-287-4800 Fax: 250-287-4857 Toll Free: 877-923-7238
Destiny River Adventures
1630 North Island Highway, Campbell River, BC, Canada V9W 2E5
Campbell River Accommodations
There are a number of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts to pick from including
our sponsors, Best Western:
Best Western Austrian Chalet
is a full-service hotel in Campbell River, British Columbia located across the street
from beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches. You’ll be close to the Campbell River, shopping
at Discovery Harbour Mall and golf at both Sequoia and Storey Creek Golf Courses,
and a short drive from Elk Falls Park, the Saratoga Speedway and Mount Washington.
The property’s 60 traditional guest rooms include suites, two-level suites and kitchenettes,
making it the perfect getaway for a whole-family vacation.
Contact info: Best Western Austrian Chalet, 462 S. Island Highway, Campbell River,
Campbell River, BC V9W 1A5
Toll Free: (800) 668-7797 Telephone: (250) 923-4231 Fax: (250) 923-2840.
Enjoy all that Campbell River has to offer and please tell your friends.
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