Rafting the Chilko with R.O.A.M.
What’s the Deal: The Chilko trip with R.O.A.M. was recognized by Outside magazine as the Best River Trip for 2014. Not a bad distinction for this amazing eight day expedition.
The Trip: “The Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser is unmatched in its awesome diversity and enormous stretches of Class IV whitewater. The trip begins with a spectacular flight over the glaciated CoastRange into WilliamsLake. From there, we transfer to the headwaters of Chilko where we spend two glorious nights at Bear Camp, perched at the juncture of ChilkoLake and the ChilkoRiver. Our rafts depart Bear Camp on Monday mornig and this world-class river adventure winds through lush alpine forests, narrow canyons, high desert plateaus and skyscraping hoodoos, then ends 3,000 vertical feet lower and one week later on the FraserRiver, the lifeblood of Canada’s largest river system. The route runs through Lava, Big John and Farwell canyons and includes the continent’s longest stretch of commercially navigable whitewater.”
The Quote: R.O.A.M. says, “We think celebrated author Pam Houston sums it up best:‘What I love most about the river isn’t the challenge of the rapids, isn’t the drop dead gorgeous scenery, isn’t even getting intimate with a place you can’t get to in a car (though I love all those things too). What I love best about being on the river is the way you move through space at a speed humans were meant to move, and the whole day becomes about making your miles, making your meals, making a comfortable, if temporary, home.’”
Details: The trip starts with a flight from Vancouver, two nights at Bear Camp followed by six days of non-stop action down 120 miles of river.
Cost: $2,995 from Vancouver.