Brave these exhilarating whitewater rapids in Hope, BC

2020 Hope British Columbia Cascades and Canyons Guide Photos by Advantage Hope

The story of British Columbia cannot be told without the story of its rivers. And the story of your trip should not be told without the story of a river.

Hope, Cascades & Canyons has some of the best rafting and paddling in the province.

For white-water kayakers with experience and their own gear, adventure awaits on the Coquihalla River, Skagit River, and Silver Creek.

Depending on snow pack and river levels, commercial rafting in the area typically starts in early June on the Coquihalla and Nahatlatch rivers. Like the season in which they are run, these rivers are fast and fun. Rafting on the Coquihalla and the Nahatlatch typically ends July 1.

A paddle or power trip down the Thompson River is the adventure you’ve been waiting for. Hot sun, pristine swimming holes, and roller-coaster-sized waves characterize a day-trip on the Thompson.

For those wanting a chance to paddle through history, power trips down the mighty Fraser River run all summer. The Fraser is a Canadian Heritage River and at 1,375 kilometres is one of the longest in Canada. The best time to run the Fraser is late July to early September.

Year-round rafting and kayaking is offered on the Chilliwack River.

Family-run rafting companies with experienced guides are here to help visitors of all skill and comfort levels find a suitable trip.


Boston Bar/North Bend is the gateway to adventure in the Nahatlatch Valley. Waterfalls, pristine lakes, lush forests, and a wild river are waiting for you in the heart of the Nahatlatch.

One of the main attractions in the Nahatlatch Valley is its world-class whitewater. Rafters and kayakers come from all over the globe to paddle its near-continuous Class III-V rapids, which are among the most exciting and challenging in western Canada. There are 37 rapids in the 14 kilometres from Francis Lake to the Fraser River. The river is commercially rafted in the early summer.

Camping along the upper Nahatlatch River in Nahatlatch Provincial Park is a true B.C. experience. There are no RV hook-ups in the park.

Three lakes in the Nahatlatch Valley offer boating, fishing, and relaxation:

• Francis Lake (25km) is the first of the jade-green lakes

• Hannah Lake (26km); and

• Nahatlatch Lake (29km) is the largest of the three lakes

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