Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Day 1: Saturday, May 12
- 10:00A – Optional morning breakfast at Norman Rudy's at Executive Suites Hotel & Resort, Squamish.
- 11:00A – Crew meet-up at Canadian Outback Rafting (located at Executive Suites Hotel & Resort)
- 12:30P – Get transported to the head of the Elaho River.
- 1:30P – Raft through approximately 15 miles of British Columbia’s most inspiring wilderness including old growth forests, towering glaciers, and stunning waterfalls that cascade hundreds of feet toward the river. Maneuver through wild Class 3-4 rapids, including the "Devil's Elbow".
- 4:00P – Make landfall at our remote island camp. Post-rafting snacks, set up tents, collect firewood for bonfire.
- 7:00P – A full multi-course riverside dinner (veg. & vegan options available)
- 8:00P – Post-dinner fireside RealTalks.
Day 2: Sunday, May 13
- 5:30A – Optional sunrise on the island.
- 7:00A – Freshly brewed coffee and a full riverside breakfast.
- 8:30A – Takedown camp, pack-up, and load boats.
- 9:30A – Raft down the waters of the Squamish River, exploring old growth forests, glaciers, dormant volcanoes, waterfalls, and a variety of wildlife. Depending on water levels, you may have the chance to swim through rapids.
- 12:00P – Arrive at river exit point.
- 1:00P – Arrive back at the Canadian Outback Basecamp for a post-raft unwind..
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
Rule of thumb for a trip like this, park warm, but pack light.
- Backpack (up to 40L). You will be transferring your gear into a 45L dry sack to keep them dry as we raft.
- An extra change of clothing for the evening, and for the day after – Wear clothing appropriate for the weather that day so you can be comfortable before and after rafting. Leave valuables like jewellery and rings at home.
- Polypropylene long underwear, polar fleece, and/or a thin wool sweater for anyone who may get chilled easily or during cooler temperatures.
- Sleeping wear
- Gloves and toque
- Rain gear (if the weather calls for it)
- An extra sweater to wear after your rafting trip as it can be cold in your wet wetsuit
Do not wear cotton while rafting as it retains cold against your body.
Do not bring your best clothes as you will get dirty and dusty
- Toothbrush / Toothpaste & Dental Floss
- Ear plugs - People Snore. People Talk. People Party.
- Medications you may require
Gear + Accessories.
- Sleeping pad
- Sleeping bag
- Pillow sack (Leave the pillow at home and wrap your clothes inside it to sleep. It saves a lot of space)
- Water bottle to stay hydrated
- Any special food
- Sunglasses (polarized with UV protection)
- Camera & lenses (don't forget the memory card)
- Waterproof phone case/bag.
Docs & Dollars.
- Photo ID
- Credit / Debit Card (or cash). Feel free to tip (financially, not in the water) your guide.
WHAT GEAR TO DO I NEED RAFTING?
We’ll supply you with a wetsuit, wetsuit booties, spray jacket, helmet, government-approved lifejacket, and all the equipment required to raft safely. This is all you need to take with you on the raft.
WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR FOOD?
Canadian Outback Rafting will be providing us with a post-rafting snack, as well as dinner and breakfast (with coffee) on the island.
Feel free to bring ample snacks to share. They work great for making new friends.
WHAT ABOUT DRINKING?
While CS trips aren't centred around copious drinking, having some drinks around the fire on the island is totally cool. Feel free to pack some drinks in your bag for post-rafting.
Please note: we highly recommend staying away from glass bottles as they present a safety hazard, are prone to breaking, and can be hard to pack out. If you must bring glass (such as bottle of wine), let us know as early as you can the morning of and we'll pack it for you properly.
WILL I HAVE CELL SERVICE?
We'll be pretty remote for most of the trip. Don't expect to have cell service while we're on the water.
WHAT ARE MY ACCOMMODATIONS?
We will be camping out on a private island surrounded by the river in all directions. You will be required to bring your own camping gear (tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag).
Once you are on the bus departing for your rafting trip there are no modern bathroom facilities until you return to the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort. We will stop for a bathroom break in the wilderness if necessary and will provide facilities on the island.