Transition times can be hard. Winter to Spring, Spring to Summer, pants to shorts. One thing that shouldn’t be hard is choosing to have an awesome time! With the Classic Extreme wrapping up, the Chilliwack Canyon is opening and getting ready to play! Break out those shorts, slap on some sunscreen and get ready…
Chilliwack Canyon season is sneaking up!
June 2, 2018 PM Canyon
But what is Chilliwack Canyon season? And how is it different from Classic Extreme?
The Classic Extreme is our extreme high water option. Early season, as the snow melts and the water level rises, the Chilliwack Classic fills with huge waves and fast water. The first time down, everyone gets used to paddling and getting wet… AND THEN… a second, optional lap of the last 4-km of continuous class 3 and 4 is offered for those keen and stoked. On this lap, we go full send and hit things hard- where “extreme” earns its name.
The stoke from Classic Extreme is high and that definitely doesn’t go away on the Chilliwack Canyon trip!
June 1 PM Classic Extreme
As the river transitions away from flood levels to more sane water levels, we take the rafts down a completely different section of the Chilliwack river. The Chilliwack Canyon is 14 kilometers of continuous class 3-4 whitewater above the Chilliwack Classic. Like all great things, the Chilliwack Canyon can’t stay open all year. This prime extreme rafting trip is open during medium water flows and is sure to get you dreaming of being raft guide (one of us, one of us…).
June 2 Pm Canyon
Like we said, transitions are tough and the river has a mind of its own. Some days the water is screaming Classic Extreme, other days it rumbles Chilliwack Canyon. To make the transition from one season to the next easier, throw on your zip-off pants and get stoked for a good time. There is only one season – the extremely soaked season!
Let’s Go Rafting
They said it would be fun. 🙂
We are open year round at all water flows and have four adventures to choose from. Have you tried the Classic Extreme, the Chilliwack Canyon, or the Inflatable Kayak Adventure?
- Chilliwack Classic
- Chilliwack Canyon
- Chilliwack Classic Extreme
- Inflatable Kayaking
Check out the river forecast below to see an approximation of when which trips will be open to help you plan your Chilliwack River Rafting Adventure.
Ps. Check out the first trip of 2018 below! It is never to early to raft the Chilliwack River.
January 20, 2018 Canyon Trip
Another week of sublime splashes on the Chilliwack River! Check out the video and see if you can find any familiar faces.
So much fun on the Raft Ranch this week with so many rafters taking on the big rapids and spending the night camping. Shout-out to Shae’s Stag Group for paddling hard and rocking even harder!
Trip highlights montage for the first week of June 2017. Big water and big smiles on the river this week, check it out and see if you see some familiar faces.
Highlights from the last week of May. Watch the rafts go bumping and bouncing on the Classic and the Classic Extreme!
Many of our summer guests are already booking their favourite weekends for their private rafting parties. Learn more about the four different whitewater adventures we host and use our trip planning calendar to find out when they are open.
Which Chilliwack River Rafting adventures have you done already? Is there something new you would like to try this rafting season?
The Schipper groomsmen shred the Chilliwack Canyon on April 8, 2017.
Here are our four adventures that we host year round to reflect the river levels.
- The Chilliwack Classic Raft Trip
The Chilliwack Classic is open year round and great for all ages and levels of rafting experience (see on calendar below).
- The Chilliwack Classic Extreme Raft Trip
We had a short two-week season of The Chilliwack Classic Extreme in 2016, but are expecting a longer Classic Extreme season this year. See when you can raft this trip on the 2017 calendar below. Keep an eye on our social media for some excellent videos and photos in the next little while.
- The Chilliwack Canyon Raft Trip
We had a long Chilliwack Canyon season last year with only a two week shut down due to high water when we run the Classic Extreme instead. This year, the Canyon is predicted to open up around the last weekend of June and the first weekend of July. See calendar for more detail.
- The Chilliwack Inflatable Kayak Trip
We started hosting the Chilliwack Inflatable Kayak trip in the first week of August 2016. This year, the inflatable kayak tour is expected to be opening up later.
2017 River Conditions Update
After a fierce, snowy Winter and a cool, rainy Spring, it might feel like nothing good will come out of the weather. Hang on a minute, the big, low-elevation snow pack has been melting slowly! This means that we’ve been running Chilliwack Canyon and Chilliwack Classic trips at July water levels. At the same time, the higher-elevation snow pack just keeps building. This summer will have world class whitewater rafting on the Chilliwack.