Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Chilliwack Canyon’s Class 4 Whitewater Rafting!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Chilliwack Canyon’s Class 4 Whitewater Rafting!

Challenging Teamwork in the Chilliwack Canyon!

Who doesn’t love smashing through waves, feeling the raft buckle and jump with the power of the river, and working together as if your life depends on it? Rafting the Canyon with your friends and family tests your balance, endurance and courage.

Airborne! The stoke factor is high.

Airborne! The stoke factor is high.

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Big Smash through the “Rocket Propelled Guide” Wave at the end of the Chilliwack Canyon.

There are 6 Classes of whitewater found on rivers. Class 1 is like your bathtub and requires no maneuvering. Class 2 means that there is some rough water, a few rocks, bumps and small drops that might require some maneuvering. Class 3 whitewater has medium sized waves, maybe a 3–5 ft drop, but not much considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering. Class 4 whitewater has large waves, long rapids, rocks, maybe a considerable drop and sharp maneuvers are necessary.

A Class 4 section of whitewater is a very different type of environment then where you usually spend time with your friends and family. It is entirely different than an amusement park where the roller coaster delivers thrill after thrill in a controlled setting. Anything can happen on the river. The water is cold, the canyon walls are high on both sides, and the rapids are loud, white and foaming. It is up to who is paddling in that moment to make the critical maneuvers and nail the correct lines. You get to see different sides of the people you go rafting with. Who paddles the best, who gets the most stoked and who’s the most out of their element.

Surprise Wave in the middle of the Canyon!

Surprise Wave in the middle of the Canyon!

Falling in and swimming a Class 4 rapid is an unique experience. Even the strongest of swimmers need a couple seconds to overcome the different sensation of being carried downstream by a swift current. The most fun place to be is in the raft, so most people swim right back to a raft and get pulled in. Sometimes the safety kayaker tows the swimmer to a raft or to shore. Helmets, personal flotation devices, wetsuits and shoes are all necessary equipment for being safe and comfortable on the river.

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Everyone goes home with the biggest catch! A feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction!

The best part about extreme rapid running is the focus that comes with it. Nothing else matters except what is happening right now on the river and everything else fades out. It is awesome to feel that present and connected with your surroundings. Times slows down with each wave, then speeds up and over 2 hours has passed, the trip is almost finished!

 At the end of the day, no matter what happens, you go home with the satisfaction of facing up to your nervousness. There is a fullness that comes with being actively involved in a beautiful, fast paced environment like a river and playing with the current’s natural waves and eddies. Though the water is rocketing downstream fast and relentless, there is also harmony and peacefulness joining the flow.

The river is just an amazing place to be.

Welcome to Chilliwack River Rafting’s 2015 Season!

Rafters and kayakers are a different breed of humans. They live in the moment, work hard/play hard and love having a good time. When a raft resort is established for over 30 years, quirks and various traditions arise. In honor of Chilliwack River Rafting’s 20th year commercially rafting on the Chilliwack, here’s a list of 20 reasons why we love sharing our wacky lifestyle with everyone.


  1. Listening to the river 24/7! It is next to us when we’re working, eating and sleeping; we can hear when the water levels rise overnight and when they fall. This relaxing, constant background noise puts us to sleep each night and wakes us up each morning.
  2. The moment when you turn down Chilliwack Lake Road and the air cools, the wind feels fresher and snow capped mountains raise up around you. The hustle and bustle of the city fades away…
  3. Birds cheerfully chirping just before daybreak. They are particularly active in the springtime, when they are attracting mates and getting ready to nest.
  4. Meeting each and every adventure seeker who comes from near and far, looking to try a cool, new experience. You guys are delightful!
  5.  Making people happy, watching them overcoming their fears and learning from one another.
  6. A relaxing, hot wood burning sauna after a satisfying whitewater trip with windows looking out onto the river. It’s such a good way to bond and exchange stories after a trip.
  7. Healthy lunches everyday! Who doesn’t love chilli, cheese and salads?
  8. This is what a day in the office looks like: Chilliwack River Rafting
  9.  Sunny outdoor volleyball games with guests and guides. Sometimes there’s crazy outfits.
  10. Spontaneous group jam sessions where everyone brings an instrument, a drink and laugh! The best part is when your friends surprise you with hidden musical talents.
  11. Saturday theme nights: Dress ups, music, campfires and pancakes the next morning. Party on!
  12.  Woodpeckers rat tat tatting on metal chimneys. They think that they are going to break through the “bark” and eat bugs or build a nest. The racket is unreal.
  13. Having a hiking mecca just up the road from our resort; so many fun outdoorsy trips to do on Chilliwack Lake Road.
  14. Watching fish swim under your boat in October during the salmon run. Schools of fish leap upstream in nearby streams while the surrounding leaves spiral down in the wind.
  15. Rafting in June when the water is pumping, rocking and rolling. The power of the river demands respect.
  16.  Inflatable kayaking in August when the water is warm, friendly and fun.
  17. Living in the moment and being fully present on the river. Nothing else matters except how you work together to maneuver safely.
  18. Sharing the experience with friends; there’s always something interesting to talk about after a trip.
  19. A sense of community and connectedness that comes with the lifestyle. Lifelong friendships spring up here between outdoorsy people from all over the world.
  20. Bottom line: we love our staff and we love our costumers. It is the people who care about a place that make it special.