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  • Breath taking scenery
  • Exciting whitewater rafting on the  Elk River
  • Big splash coming through the Canyon
  • Wildlife viewing opportunity
  • Cliff jumping in the canyon
  • Relaxing float on the upper Elk

If you’re looking for exceptional outdoor activities consider exploring the beautiful Elk River or Bull River with our professional, knowledgeable and fun river guides.

There is always great rafting to be found with Canyon Raft Company throughout the spring and summer. The Fernie area is blessed with two great whitewater trips that Canyon Raft Company can offer you, the Elk River Canyon and the Bull River. For a more relaxed trip the company also offers half and full day trips on the upper Elk River, a scenic float trip close to town, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains.

NEW - Map of the Elk River

Canyon Raft Company was incorporated in 1995 and is owned and operated by Blair Craig and Lynn Muller. We have been running the Elk and Bull rivers ever since, and they remain just as wild and remote feeling today as before. Rafting is a great sport to participate in with family, friends or any sort of group. Everyone works together equally, with each raft controlled by an experienced river guide. Participants have the opportunity to paddle, and a great deal of accomplishment is felt when the team works together and has a good line through the rapids.

No matter what section of river - the staff and our professional approach are what really set Canyon Raft Company apart. Most of the staff have been with the company for many years and know the river and its history intimately. We enjoy sharing the river experience with our clients, and feel privileged to be out on the river every day. People love our professional, fun and interpretive approach to river running!

White Water River Rafting Full Day Tours

Elk River

This is our most popular run no matter what the water levels – from May to September the Lower Elk delivers. It is a large volume class IV river that has cut deep into the rock exposing high walls of unique geology. It is a classic river run that has it all; exciting rapids, a wilderness set deep in a quiet canyon providing outstanding scenery, cliff jumping, big game animals and birds of prey. And with no roads or trails along this stretch of river the only way to experience it is by boat.

The intensity of the rapids varies with the change of seasons. May and June bring the spring snowmelt and high water creating the biggest waves and most powerful rapids. Early July is a great time with lots of water still flowing, but warmer weather prevailing. Later in July and August water levels are at their friendliest, a great time for first time rafters and families with keen children eight years old and older who love water.

Bull River

The Bull River is a classic small volume mountain river steeped in history. This spring trip offered in May and June delivers all the thrills of great river running. The excitement builds progressively with each set of rapids to the climax in the lower canyon – an incredible crescendo of whitewater with rapids called “Bubbulicious” “Sandwich Maker” and “Toilet bowl”. The Lower Bull Canyon is one of the most sustained stretches of class IV water in the area

Our whitewater trips are full day. We pick up at Fernie Alpine Resort in Parking Lot #1 at 10:00 am or in Elko across from the Hill Top gas station and Kal Tire at 10:30 am.

Our trips include:

  • a boat load of fun
  • transportation
  • river gear (lifejackets, splash jackets if needed, paddles)
  • trained professional guides
  • ariver side deli lunch (some people say they come back just for the lunch!)
    • fresh breads from The Loaf
    • deli meats from Brown’s Fernie Meat Market
    • fresh fruit and veggies

Full Day Whitewater Tour Prices

$129.00  adults | $99.00 youth (under 16) & seniors
5% GST will apply
Extra $1/person Land & Water User Fee
Call for group rates 

Scenic River Float Tours

The float trips makes use of the Upper Elk River, meandering through the glacier carved valley with unique views of the Rocky Mountains. Swimming holes, sun tanning, relaxation; a raft trip that would make Huck Finn proud and allow you to take in the scenery and learn about your surroundings to gain a unique perspective of natures peace in the Elk Valley. This trip is great for people of all ages more interested in a gentle float than getting wet.

Don’t miss the best day of your summer!

River Float Prices

$59.00 adults | $49.00 under 16 years & seniors |  $35.00 children 8 years and under
5% GST will apply
Extra $1/person Land & Water User Fee
Call for group rates

Our float trips are about 3 hours round trip, leaving in the Morning, Afternoon, or Evening.

Our trips include:

  • a boat load of fun
  • transportation to river from meeting point
  • lifejackets
  • trained professional guides
  • river side snack 

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

The latest activity to take Fernie by storm! Stand-up paddleboards are a great way to explore the local rivers and lakes. Join the experienced paddle guides at Canyon Raft for a new experience. 

Trip Includes:

  • Paddle Boards
  • Lifejacket
  • Wet suits if required
  • Safety equipment
  • Transportation

Our trained professional guides will progress your SUP skills in our customized tours. Start at the lake, learn the basics and explore. Feeling more adventurous? We can take you down the river for a little more excitement. Call us for more details.

Price: $99 per person

SUP & Lunch at Island Lake Lodge

Enjoy a unique Island Lake experience with our SUP and Lunch tour. Explore Island Lake with our experienced guides surrounded by the stunning Rocky Mountains and Old Growth Forest. Learn about the local flora, fauna and geology of the Southern Rockies, then indulge in a lunch prepared by Island Lake’s famous kitchen. Perhaps you would like to finish this magical adventure by pampering yourself with a spa treatment.

Tours offered Monday – Thursday. Call us for availability. Spa treatments extra and must be booked in advance.

Price: $99.00 + lunch

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