By Rich Webb
VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC, Canada – Like the majority of British Columbia, Vancouver Island is a haven for outdoor adventure seekers. And that makes it one of the top destinations in BC for whitewater rafting vacations. There are a lot of guides ready to take would-be rafters on the island’s rapids at rivers such as Nimpkish, Oyster, Gold, Campbell and more in this region of Canada. There is a wide swath of rafting trips, from calm paddling waters to rushing rivers for advanced rafters – Vancouver Island truly has it all for your rafting vacation.
This designated BC Heritage River offers the easiest river rafting experience and is a fine introduction to river rafting on Vancouver Island. The Campbell River possesses crystal clear waters that also provide a chance to snorkel with salmon that swim up river to spawning grounds.
Book Campbell River rafting trips for late April to early October.
This novice paddle trip on the Class 2 Oyster River is another excellent introduction to rafting for all ages. It’s also great for families that do not have the time for a full day trip. The Oyster River is 20 minutes from Campbell River and best rafted during May, June and early July.
The Nimpkish River is the biggest volume river on Vancouver Island, and features class 2-4 rapids, naturally beautiful scenery, wildlife sightings (black bear, elk, deer and eagles), swimming, cliff jumping and kayaking. The rapids range from family level to the more adventurous. The Nimpkish River is best journeyed May-August.BC White Water ]