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Rafting expeditions on the Babine River in northern BC


Paddle the "River of Grizzlies" on this exciting rafting expedition on the Babine River in BC.  Nestled in the heart of British Columbia the Babine River Corridor Provincial Park hides one of the best kept jewels BC has to offer. This classic Northern expedition delivers six days of spectacular whitewater in some of the most impressive canyons known. The scenery has a spectacular "up close and personal" feel as the river is smaller, and around every bend is a new adventure. 

Often referred to as "the river of grizzlies", the Babine River is considered one of the last unspoiled and pristine rivers in British Columbia. An easy and constant current carries us along, interspersed with exciting class III and IV rapids. The Babine is very narrow and intimate; in spots, you squeeze through dramatic canyons little more than eight feet wide. 

The Babine River plays host to a steelhead and Pacific salmon-spawning season every year and no one could be more pleased than the migratory population of over 100 grizzlies, often in plain view. You may observe them while cruising past in a raft … at a comfy distance. Hundreds of bald eagles, also attracted by the great fishing, can be easily spotted.

In addition to the river’s natural beauty, you will discover a deeply rooted heritage of native culture. The group will visit abandoned and occupied villages of the Gitksan People, housing some of the largest, most visually splendid totems ever created. 

 

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Expedition Raft Trips
SEASON

August to September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Certified Expert river guides (one per raft) plus assistant guide(s) on all trips, depending on group size.

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TOTAL DISTANCE:  Approx. 80 Miles
ELEVATION AT PUT IN: 2300 Feet
ELEVATION AT TAKE OUT: 700 Feet
ELEVATION CHANGE: 1600 Feet

TRANSPORTATION

Trips begin and end in Smithers, BC. Smithers is accessible by road or air from Vancouver. Guests need to arrive in Smithers the night before the first day of the tour and plan to stay overnight on the last day.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. 

REGION
Northern Interior British Columbia
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

State-of-the-art expedition equipment including an all-season tent, sleeping bag, Thermarest air mattress, wet suit, spray jacket, safety equipment and waterproof bags for your personal belongings.  All necessary park permits and entrance fees.  Detailed maps, and a library of regional books.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm jacket, rain gear, hiking boots, hat, gloves. Full clothing list will be supplied upon booking. 

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent camps along the river. Accommodations in Smithers before and after the trip may be necessary but are not included in the price.

 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All on-trip meals and beverages included, including a selection of vintage wines, spirits, local and imported beers, nonalcoholic drinks and fresh water. The guides renowned menus showcase the freshest, most delicious ingredients indigenous to the Northwest.

Your dinner might start with corn meal-crusted, pan-fried oysters with grainy mustard mousse, feature Pacific salmon with a maple glaze, and finish with white chocolate and hazelnut brownies. The wine is carefully selected, as are the BC microbrews – a refreshing way to relax after a day in the sun.  And after a blissful night's sleep, awaken to wild blueberry pancakes, eggs Florentine, yoghurt and fresh fruit from the BC heartland.

6 day tour, available August - September
$3399.00 / per person - CAD
2018 departure dates: August 14, August 23, September 1.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 40 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
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6 day tour, available August - September

Day 1

You’ll need to arrive in Smithers the evening before the rafting begins. The guides will give you an overview of the rafting trip and will make sure any last minute questions you have will be answered. You will also receive your personal dry bags and rafting gear for use on the trip.

START OF YOUR JOURNEY ON THE BABINE RIVER, BC
Your journey will start at 10:00am, we head out of Smithers and quickly leave paved roads and civilization behind. You will meet the rest of the guides and enjoy a deli-style lunch at the river’s edge. Before we launch, you'll be given a river orientation and safety talk, and by early afternoon you will be setting off for your journey down the Babine River. Shortly afterwards we’ll arrive at our first camp by the Nilkitkwa River where you can relax and enjoy the first of many delicious riverside dinners.

Day 2

INTRODUCTION TO WHITE WATER

Like all of our rafting mornings, we begin our day with a serving of coffee, tea, juice, granola and fruit salad. For the perfect start to our first day of rafting, you'll be served a warm breakfast such as eggs benedict, banana nut pancakes with maple syrup or scrambled eggs with freshly baked bread. 

After breaking down camp, we all start rafting at about 10am and continue the journey downstream. Today you’ll raft through some deep canyons and enjoy the thrill of white water as we navigate through some fun, splashy rapids surrounded by thick Northern forest. Beyond the forest to the north you can see the mountains and glaciers of the Sicintine Range

 

Day 3

DRAMATIC CANYONS AND REMOTE WATERFALLS

After a gentle start to the day the river pace picks up giving you a hint to the exciting whitewater waiting downstream. We stop for lunch at Gail Creek where you can view fossils just a short hike up the creek. After lunch we raft through some big waves and tight canyons where the river intensity builds and the rapids become increasingly more exciting and sustained. We stop for the night in a deep, tight canyon at the remote waterfall camp. If you are feeling brave you can enjoy a refreshing shower in the waterfall before you relax by the campfire and reflect on the day’s rafting adventures.

Day 4

GRIZZLY BEARS AND RAPIDS

On day four the whitewater continues. The first definable feature we’ll encounter is the famous Class IV ‘Grizzly Drop’ where it is quite common to see Grizzly Bears fishing! Luckily the bears are more interested in Salmon than they are in us and this gives you a great chance to observe these amazing animals in their natural habitat. Downstream the Babine Riverprovides some more world class whitewater and you will raft through canyons and tight constrictions; some barely wide enough for the rafts! After travelling through the dramatically tight Kisegas Canyon, the river valley opens providing you with vistas of Mount Thomlinson as the Babine River pours its contents into the much larger Skeena River.

Day 5

THE SKEENA RIVER

Day Five begins with big volume splashy rapids which have a very different character from the tight canyons you experience on the Babine. The sinuous waters and rock-lined canyons bordered by coastal cedars create a mysterious ambience. Our campsite on the Skeena River provides a perfect setting for our final night in the wilderness together.

Day 6

TOTEM POLES AND HEADING BACK TO CIVILIZATION

On our final day of rafting we begin to see the signs of civilization along the shores. On our way to our take-out we pass the confluence of the Kispiox and Skeena rivers, next to the functioning native village of Kispiox. Here you can see the giant totem poles that pay silent tribute to generations past. From the take-out it’s a short drive back to your hotel in Smithers. After you enjoy a well-deserved hot shower, we’ll get together for a final dinner to reminisce and plan the next adventure!