I occasionally seek thrills. I may or may not have ridden “The Beast” at the PNE 3 times in one day last year. So naturally, when I was given the opportunity to try out whitewater rafting with Canadian Outback Rafting in Squamish, I jumped at the chance. It was such a great experience for my husband and me!
We registered for the Family Friendly Cheakamus Splash at the 9:15am-12:15pm time slot. It is suitable for families with children as young as 5 years old as well as those who have never been rafting and just want to try it out. No matter your experience, you will have an unforgettable outdoor experience!
We had to be there half an hour before the start time to check in. Our guide then gave us a rundown of our schedule for the day, what to wear, what to expect on the ride, and an initial safety briefing. It was recommended to wear a swimsuit or clothing that are not cotton since cotton traps cold against your skin. They gave us wetsuits, booties, and lifejackets to wear over any swimsuit. After we put on our gear, they drove us to the rafting site on a school bus. Once we were at the Cheakamus River, the guides gave us a more in-depth safety presentation. You really have to pay attention to this so that you know what to do if someone gets thrown overboard. I highly doubt that anyone would fall off the raft on this route since the rapids are pretty gentle but it is still good to have this knowledge in case it happens.
Once everyone is comfortable with the rafting rules, we all picked a spot on the raft. My husband and I picked the very front to get all the action! For the first while, we floated on steady water while our guides told us about some of the history of the area and the Squamish First Nations. It was very pleasant being able to float on water while surrounded by beautiful nature. We even stopped close to shore where we were given the opportunity to jump off the raft and swim! I took a dip and found the water to be very cold! It was fun :)
Shortly after we left the swimming area, we came to the section of river that we had all been waiting for. The rapids were strong enough to have fun, but not strong enough to throw someone overboard. There are a few dips here and there which made the rafting trip memorable! Throughout the strong rapids, water splashed everyone inside the boat. We had to listen to the guide’s instructions on whether to paddle forward or backward. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! It was such a rush paddling on the strong rapids.
If you are looking for something to do with your kids this summer, I highly recommend whitewater rafting with the Canadian Outback Rafting. The guides were super nice, fun, and informative. The combination of the great guides, rapids, and scenic views were fantastic!
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