The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region has a wealth of rushing rivers fuelled by melting snows and regular rainfall – perfect for whitewater rafting. There are few places in the world where so many commercially-rafted rivers are within such easy reach of a major city. When the snow melts in the Whistler area, the glacier-fed waters come to life. Most of the Whistler rafting companies offer excursions on the Birkenhead, Green, Squamish, Elaho and Cheakamus Rivers.
Motor-powered, paddle-powered, and oar-powered rafting excursions are all available. While on a rafting tour, look for bald eagles above, black bears or deer on the shore, and glacier-capped summits in the distance.
A trip down the Green River is an excellent introduction to paddle rafting. For more experienced rafters, continuous whitewater opportunities exist on the Birkenhead, which rushes past old-growth forests and the ice-capped mountaintops of Pemberton.
Birkenhead River is Class III; Green River is Class II. The best time to go is between May to September.