Snorkel with Salmon
Snorkel with Salmon and find out why they call Campbell River the Salmon Capital of the World!
This 3 hour tour is unique to the Campbell River. Each year thousands of salmon return to the river from which they started. The crystal clear water allows for easy viewing of the salmon in the river environment from the raft – or you can don a wetsuit and participate in one of the most unique experiences by snorkeling in the river pools teeming with thousands of salmon.
All five species of Pacific salmon can be found here over the course of the run, starting with pinks in late July. Then chinook, coho, and sockeye arrive through August and September with the chum salmon the last arrivals of the season. If you are lucky you may even see a steelhead or cutthroat trout holding in one of the pools. Rafters have also seen black bear, deer, beaver, weasel, eagles, mergansers, kingfishers, seals and other wildlife on this family tour.
Need to Knows
- Departure Times: Daily 9AM and 1PM
- Reservations required for all adventure times
- We need a minimum of 24hr notice for all reservations
- Season starts July 20, 2020 until the end of September. Prime salmon snorkeling season begins in August.
Half Day Tours
Puntledge Paddle Festival
The Puntlege River is a fun river full of class 3 white water perfect for the whole family looking for an adventure.
Once per year BC Hydro provides river flows and access to this fun and splashy section of river. A short but exciting river trip – not for the faint of heart! 3 tours per day: 10:00am or 1:00pm or 4:00pm. Limited seats, book in advance so that you are not disappointed!
*This trip is dependent on BC Hydro releasing water.
Float – Fly – Food – Fun – Falls – Fabulous – Fanciful – Fantastic – Fascinating – Flavourful
Corilair Charters and Destiny River Adventures have partnered to treat our guests to an amazing combination of flight seeing, scenic river rafting, food, and experiencing the lifestyle of locals who live “off the grid” at two remote coastal locations.
A morning departure starting with the Snorkel with Salmon and a 12:30pm departure that starts with your flight. The tour combination is approximately 6 ½ hours from start to finish.
Oyster River Splash Tour
Fun for the whole family!
The Oyster River run is a great introduction to rafting for the novice paddler. It’s great for everyone – including the youngsters. A few water fights and rapids gets everyone wet on a hot spring day. If you have a youth group, young family or limited time in the area this is the trip for you.
*This trip only runs in the Spring and is subject to the flows.
Full Day Nimpkish
Nimpkish means “halibut on the bottom” and the name derived from a mythical halibut so big it could cause a rip tide. First Nations legend tells us the Nimpkish was created when a man was transformed into a river full of trout and salmon to feed his tribe and their descendants.
Nimpkish Wilderness Adventure
Soak in the beauty of the Nimpkish Valley from the river.
This tour is suitable for a minimum of ages 8 years old or 50 lbs and up. We will raft the lower 21 kms of the river that drains into Nimpkish Lake. It is a class 2/3 section of river. Take a turn away from the raft and paddle one of our inflatable kayaks through a section of rapids in a safe manor. Be a bow rider for the “Iron Mine Rapids”. Explore the limestone canyon and cave. Jump from a 30 foot cliff into the crystal clear river. You will wittness schools of wild pacific Sockeye returning up the system to spawn, bald eagles soaring high above, foraging blackbears, Roosevelt Elk and deer. This tour runs from begining of May until mid to end of July depending on the river levels. Available dates are above.
Nimpkish Whitewater Adventure
A full day of white water adventure on the Nimpkish.
This tour is suitable for a minimum of 14 years old or 90 lbs and up. The upper 17 kms section of the Nimpkish River is classed at 3/4. At the appropriate river levels, you will paddle into “Toilet Bowl” and “The Flusher” and really feel the power of moving water. What happens at Woss Falls, gets flushed at Woss Falls. It is a 9 foot drop from pool to pool. When the guide yells “HANG ON”, do exactly that or you may visit the dark green room for a couple seconds. This is really the only rapid that “MAY” flip a raft. It is also the only optional walk around rapid if you choose. This tour runs from the begining of May until mid June depending on river levels. Available dates are above.
Multi Day Tours
Nimpkish River – Best of the Island
The Nimpkish River is the largest volume river on Vancouver Island and the only island multi-day expedition. This tour combines the Nimpkish River Whitewater and Adventure day trips plus another 15 km of river to explore. We start at Duncan Pool and run the entire river section to Nimpkish Lake, more than 45 km downstream. Great scenery, limestone canyons, wildlife (including black bear, elk, cougar, deer, eagles and more!), swimming, caving, cliff jumping, kayaking and rapids ranging from family splash to the more adventurous whitewater!
Southgate River, Bute Inlet – The Valley of the Falls
The Southgate River at the head of Bute Inlet provides the winding tour route down glacial green waters cascading off surrounding mountains. The glacial flow originates from the Homathko Icefields, the largest in BC at 770 square kilometres. Adjacent to the Great Bear Rainforest, this river expedition is unique in its accessibility and remoteness at the same time. The tour includes a boat trip to the head of historic Bute Inlet and a helicopter flight into our starting point on the river. Marvel at the views of amazing waterfalls, glaciers and mountain ridges. We have many opportunities for fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing along the way. The river valley has abundant wildlife, including grizzly bear, wolves, deer and eagles. Great meals prepared by a red seal chef, professional guides and a spectacular river valley to explore at a natural leisurely pace.