The Clearwater River: Your Next Whitewater Rafting Destination
Whether you’re an experienced adrenaline junkie or a first-timer, Clearwater, B.C. is an incredible place to enjoy a rafting experience. The Clearwater River is the largest tributary of the North Thompson River and is located within Canada’s stunning Wells Gray Provincial Park.
We caught up with Doug Trotter, a Yervana Local who runs rafting trips out of Clearwater, BC, to learn more about the area and why it’s so special.
What’s special about white water rafting in Clearwater?
Doug started kayaking in the late 1970’s, and in the 80’s he started his own rafting company in the Clearwater area to share his passion with others. He says that, “there isn’t a river like it that’s in the same league,” as the Clearwater River is completely protected, with no obstructions such as bridges, towns or mines. Moreover, the river features whitewater that is hard to rival elsewhere, with rapids from Class 3 to Class 5, offering something for everyone, from beginner to expert. True to its name, the water is glacier fed and crystal clear, making it a pristine and supernatural experience when visited.
Well Gray Provincial Park itself is home to over 41 (that’s right, 41!) stunning waterfalls and diverse ecological processes. In 2017, the park was even nominated for UNESCO Geopark status. While the park did not win the bid, it’s easy to see why it was in the running for consideration!
What time of year is best for rafting on the Clearwater River?
Doug explains that rafting the river is an amazing way to experience what Wells Gray has to offer and can be done by people of all levels of experience. Before booking a rafting trip, he encourages explorers to ask any questions they may have about safety or water levels. For instance, certain times of the year can offer different experiences, depending on what you’re looking for. For example, early in the season in June, the water is colder and higher. So if you’re an adrenaline junkie and want to get your blood pumping, Doug recommends getting out earlier.
Alternatively, in August to September, the water is warmer, the levels are lower and there tend to be less bugs. Thus, it is a great time to get out if you want a more relaxed and beginner experience.
Regardless of the time of year, Doug can help you find a trip that suits your group’s needs. To view his trips or to contact Doug click here.
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