Canada has some extensive river systems all over the country and if you really want to explore Canada you need to get off the highways and start the real exploring. Now seeing Canada along the river systems is truly exciting, but you’re going to get more than a little wet. If white water rafting gets the adrenaline flowing for you then there are plenty of tours that will take you on the ride of your life. Let’s have a look at some of the rivers you can get your journey started.
Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
Let’s start this rafting journey on Canada’s east coast on the Shubenacadie River. When you first get here you are going to think that this is just some calm boring river to paddle down, but you’re in for a surprise! There will be sandbars and mudflats but then you hit the mouth of the river and this is where things are going to start to get weird. Whitewater rafters come to the Shubenacadie River in droves every year because this is the only place you can raft a tidal bore in Canada.
If you have never done Tidal Bore Rafting, here is what happens. The tides come rushing in from the Bay of Fundy and normally you ride rapids downstream, here you’re going to ride the highest tides in the world…how cool is that! The tides come in at more than 50km per hour and the waves can hit more than 15 feet. This is an adrenaline rush you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Check it out.
Ottawa River, Ontario
Now let’s head to the middle of the country for the next trip. The Ottawa River is one of the oldest and most famous of all the whitewater rafting trips and this river will give you the excitement that you’re looking for. There are plenty of high volume rapids in the Middle and Main channels, if you’re brave you can take on both of them. This is not a short trip you might want to throw in some camping gear, the river is almost 1500km in length, but the real rapids are a couple of 12km stretches. Plenty of tours operate here and you can book yourself a fantastic trip.
Fraser River, British Columbia
Now it’s time to hit up the west coast for the last leg of this trip and try your luck against the Fraser River in beautiful British Columbia. This is the longest river in the province and it will definitely get your heart racing. There are a handful of Class 3 rapids for you to ride, but this trip has the most incredible scenery. You can catch a glimpse of Mount Robson, which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and Rearguard Falls is breathtaking so bring a long a waterproof camera, you’re going to want some pics. If you come during the summer months you can see the salmon coming to spawn. There are plenty of tours and they are reasonably priced.