Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring?
Swimsuit, towel, fleece jacket or sweater, rain jacket, sunglasses (with strap) and sunscreen. Swimsuit is optional on the Campbell River Float tour – if you don’t want to swim you don’t need a swimsuit!
What if I get cold easily?
The key to staying warm is layering appropriate clothing under and over the supplied wetsuit. NO COTTON – it does not keep you warm when it is wet. If you get cold easily you should bring:
- an underlayer (for under the supplied wetsuit) of polyester or merino wool long underwear
- an overlayer of medium weight fleece or wool
- a fleece or wool cap for under the supplied helmet (fleece caps are available for purchase)
- neoprene, polyester or wool socks for inside the wetsuit booties
- a rain or splash jacket to provide a wind/waterproof layer (splash jackets are available for rent)
Where do we meet?
Our trips depart from our rafting centre at 1995 North Island Highway located in north Campbell River. Trips leave at various times, please check your confirmation e-mail. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for your wetsuit fitting prior to trip departures.
What is provided?
Day trips: Wetsuit, helmet, wetsuit booties, PFD, return transportation from Campbell River. A lunch and snacks are included on the full day river trips. If you have food allergies please let us know so we can make arrangements to accommodate you.
Expedition trips: use of waterproof gear bags, tent (one for each 2 guests), sleeping bag and pad, helicopter and boat transfers (trip dependant), use of fishing rods & gear, all riverside meals, limited wines and micro-brewed beer, splash jackets and pants, lifejackets. If you want to fish you will need to purchase a fishing license.
When is the "best" time?
Every river is different and changes throughout the season based on snow pack levels, rainfall and temperature. Expedition trip schedules are set to take advantage of the best water levels. The seasons that we indicate for each river are the best times – we don’t want to run a river section unless it will be a great experience!
Do we go rain or shine?
YES! You will be dressed to get wet on the river – and you will, whether it rains or not. Rain is a rafters friend: rain = more water to play on!
Can my kids go?
We have river tours that are suitable for youth – and some that are not. Generally we accept youth on our easier river trips. Youth must be at least 50 lbs for the easy Campbell River trip. They need to be at least 8 years old and 50 lbs for the Nimpkish River Adventure or the expedition tours. Only adult sized teens over 90 lbs and at least 14 years old can participate in the Nimpkish River Whitewater trip.
What about the Waiver?
River rafting and wilderness travel involve inherent risks. These risks are outlined in our Release of Liability Agreement which all participants are required to sign prior to participating in river rafting tours. Minors under the age of 19 will also require a parent or guardian signature. This agreement will affect your legal rights.