2014 Season Recap

November 17, 2014

It has been a great fall here in Nelson. We had beautiful weather in September, great kayak surfing on the ‘Trail Wave’ in October and a rainy November which brought many creeks and rivers up to great levels for whitewater kayaking. With the rigth equipment we stayed warm and had a lot of fun.

September 10, 2014

We would like to thank all of our wonderful guests for joining us this season for whitewater rafting, floating or inflatable kayaking. Many of our guests returned for a second or third trip with us, and we appreciate the support. Hopefully we will see many of you again next summer!

August 28, 2014

This weekend the Nelson Paranormal League is back and excited to announce it’s return of the Haunted Heritage Tour which takes place on the Nelson’s historical trolley Streetcar #23! The event takes place just down the street from our office location and starts at 5:30pm. With stories about paranormal investigations, tales of intrigue, and a look into the haunted history of the Kootenays, it’s the perfect way to spend your evening after an awesome day full of whitewater rafting.

August 27, 2014

Check out Nelson Whitewater Rafting’s “Other Activites” page for information on our suggested local accomodations and other fun things to do while enjoying your stay here in the beautiful Kootenay’s.

August 26, 2014

After your day of adventurous white water rafting, wind down at the Expressions Cafe. Every Wednesday from 6pm until closing, they host an Open Mic Night with live music, poetry, spoken word, and theatre. Be a performer or join the audience for a fun and entertaining night!

August 25, 2014

The final week of our 2014 summer season is official here. What an amazing and successful year it’s been so far! Our daily 1:00pm Slocan River Facchina Rapids white water tours will continue until August 31st so don’t miss out on your opportunity to join us for some unforgettable fun!

August 23, 2014

We have some awesome looking weather coming up next week! The skies will be filled with glorious sunshine and the temperatures will be comfortable and warm. Definitely the perfect opportunity to take advantage of this end of summer weather and join us on the river for either a beautiful Scenic Float Tour or our Facchina Rapids whitewater Tour.

August 22, 2014

Tonight is Nelson’s last Annual Market Fest. Downtown Baker Street will be tranformed into a lively night market featuring 100 vendors, two live music stages, dance performances, kids entertainment, and so much more! The fun at Market Fest runs from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm and you don’t wanna miss it.

August 21, 2014

Although the last few weeks of our summer season usually start to slow down, business has been more than amazing for us! The seats on our trips have continued to fill, allowing daily whitewater rafting tours full of smiles and amazing memories.

August 20, 2014

Over the past few days, we’ve experienced some crazy thunderstorms and very heavy rain here in the Kootenay’s. Luckily for us, the storms have stayed clear during the days and our daily tours have kept on coming!

August 19, 2014

Every Wednesday the West Kootenay EcoSociety hosts the Nelson Downtown Local Market in the 400 block of our historical Baker Street. From 9:30 am to 3:00 pm this market offers an amazing mix of local produce, plants, prepared foods, body care, and hand-made arts and crafts. It’s required that 80% of each vendor’s wares must be made locally to be sold at the market so you can rest easy knowing you are doing your part in supporting our local economy.

August 18, 2014

If you feel fearful when thinking about your first whitewater rafting adventure, then join us on our Slocan River Facchina Rapids Tour! It’s perfect for all abilities and provides both comfort and exhilarating excitement. The beginning of the tour starts with a gentle float which allows guests to find their seat in the raft and practice some paddling techniques. Pair that with some extremely fun rafting games such as ‘rodeo’ and you’ll be ready for the big splashes and whitewater rapids which follow in the second half of the tour! So conquer those fears and we’ll guarantee you a fun experience you won’t soon forget.

August 17, 2014

The sun has finally peaked it’s way through the clouds! The weather is calling for clear skies and plus 29 degrees for tomorrow. Whatever the weather, the river is our favourite place to be. Come join us for some Facchina Rapids whitewater and you’ll see why!

August 16, 2014

The skies have been filled with rain clouds this week in Nelson. The down pour has been a great help to the forest fire fighters who have been working tirelessly to keep the Slocan Park fire contained. The rain is also bringing the Slocan River up and keeping it at a great level for whitewater rafting!

August 15, 2014

Featured tonight at the Kootenay Lakeview Lodge and Balfour Outdoor Amphi Theatre is a cozy concert called Hot August Nights IV. The cost is free and the music is said to be amazing. Amoung the musicians are a number of well known cover bands including Elvis, BCDC, the Beatles, and the Blues Brothers.

August 14, 2014

There’s only three weekends left of our rafting season! What an amazing success it’s been so far. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to join us this year for an exhilarating whitewater experience that you won’t soon forget.

August 13, 2014

If you’re interested in receiving Nelson Whitewater Rafting’s special offers, visit our travel listings on HelloBC and Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, and follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts for exclusive last minute deals!

August 12, 2014

We’re expecting sprinkling showers through out the week but don’t let it put a damper on your summer fun.. Our rafting tours head out daily, rain or shine! Since you’ll be soaked head to toe by our warm Slocan River water anyways, what’s a little extra splash?

August 11, 2014

Check out our facebook page and youtube channel for our newest Nelson Whitewater Rafting Co. video! It will take you through our Slocan River Facchina Rapids whitewater tour from start to finish, so that you can see exactly what kind of fun you’re signing up for.

August 10, 2014

Our summer is flying by! It’s been an amazing season here at Nelson Whitewater Rafting; full of wonderful guests, great weather and fantastic whitewater. We can’t wait to see what kind of fun the last 3 weeks of August has in store!

August 9, 2014

Taking place today and tomorrow from 10am – 5pm is the Columbia Basin Cultural Tour. It allows you to explore local artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. An awesome way to see what Nelson’s beautiful culture is all about!

August 8, 2014

Salmo’s famous Shambhala Music Festival is here this weekend! Shambhala has quickly become the staple event for electronic dance music and eclectic fans. It’s hosted on the Salmo River Ranch and features over 500 acts, 6 unique stages, local organic food services, and exceeds 10,000 guests. Once the heat starts to get to you, take a break from the dancing and join us to get soaked on one of our white water tours!

August 7, 2014

Here in the Kootenay’s this weekend, expect hot and sunny, 30+ weather and the perfect opportunity for some white water rafting! We still have some seats available on our weekend tours but make sure you reserve your’s while they last.

August 6, 2014

These past weeks have been extremely busy for us here at Nelson Whitewater Rafting! Being able to look ahead in our reservations and see fully booked trips both morning and night for the next couple days is a truly amazing feeling. What a wonderful season it’s been!

August 5, 2014

Did you know, Nelson Whitewater Rafting has been rated by Trip Advisor as #1 of 19 attractions in Nelson, BC? But don’t just take it from us, check out our ‘Guest Comments’ page to see what our previous guests have had to say about their experience!

August 4, 2014

Happy British Columbia Day! Wishing everyone a lovely day surrounded by friends, family, and this beautiful province that we are lucky enough to call home! We’re going to spend this sunny August day with a crew of eager rafters on the Facchina Rapids whitewater!

August 3, 2014

Enjoy a great line up of musicians on the last day of the 2014 Kaslo Jazz Festival! The festival is a unique Kootenay tradition, with a stage floating just offshore a small sandy beach on Kootenay Lake.

August 2, 2014

The Nelson Pilots Association is hosting the Nelson Air Show today! Pilots from all over BC, Alberta, the US, and beyond have made their way to Nelson for the event. Head to Nelson’s Municipal Airport to check out the flying, festivities, and a fabulous array of aircrafts.

August 1, 2014

Well August is officially here and we can’t believe how amazing this season has been for us so far! The last few days have kept us really busy with fully booked whitewater rafting tours both morning and afternoon. When the fun never stops and the sun just keeps on shinning, we can’t wait to see what the rest of our year brings.

July 31, 2014

The August long weekend is almost here! It’s definitely going to be a hot one as the weather forecast predicts “feels like” temperatures of 36 and 37 degrees. Although the weather will be warm, isolated rain showers are expected to hit. Fortunately for us whitewater rafters, rain is just an added touch to the excitement of our daily tours and never slows us down!

July 30, 2014

Coming up this weekend is the 23rd annual Kaslo Jazz Etcetera Summer Music Festival. From down and dirty blues acts to Hungarian jazz fusion, this little festival have a quality line up you don’t wanna miss! It’s an hours drive north of Nelson, located on the pristine Kootenay Lake and features a unique floating stage.

July 29, 2014

In the past, our tours have provided excellent entertainment for birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, honeymoon vacations, and team building exercises for corporate companies. Whatever your event may be, we will do our best to accommodate it and give everyone a fantastic experience!

July 28, 2014

Nelson Whitewater Rafting recently joined instagram! Add: nelsonwhitewaterrafting to check out fun photos of our trips, our guides, and the beautiful Kootenays!

July 27, 2014

As water levels change on the Slocan River, certain features transform. Waves appear or disappear. Rocks emerge, adding a more technical element to the trip.  The amazing thing is, no matter what the level, the river has excitement to offer! At the moment, the Facchina Rapids are the perfect water level to surf Turbo Cranker wave with the rafts. Whether it’s swimming through Elevator Rapid, playing rodeo, or crashing through Turbo Cranker, the Slocan River just keeps on giving!

July 26, 2014

Did you know? The motions involved in paddling over rapids are said to strongly increase your muscular and cardiovascular strength. Doing something different from the normal rejuvenates and relaxes our minds, especially for some of us who spend a majority of their time working indoors and in busy city centers. They say, a positive change is as good as a rest.

July 25, 2014

Tonight downtown Baker Street will be hosting Nelson’s annual Market Fest! It features 100 vendors, live music, dance performances, kids entertainment and more. It’s fun for the whole family, and is definitely something you shouldn’t miss! The fun at Market Fest runs from 6 pm to 10:30 pm.

July 24, 2014

If you haven’t yet experienced a ride on Nelson Whitewater Rafting’s rad bus ‘The Woody’, then you’re definitely missing out! It was redesigned from an old retro school bus and fitted with all the gear necessary for our rafting trips. You certainly can’t miss our blue and white company colors and the funky wood panelling that lines the sides. As the music plays and the fun starts, it’s a ride you won’t soon forget!

July 23, 2014

If you’re travelling from afar to visit us at Nelson Whitewater Rafting, check out our “Other Activities” page for our suggested accomodations here in the Kootenay’s. You’ll also find some other fun activities that will help make your stay one to remember!

July 22, 2014

Today calls for a 40% chance of rain here in Nelson. But if we keep a glass half full kind of attitude, then there’s also a 60% chance of having glorious sunshine! Whatever the weather, our crew promises to try our very best to keep you comfortable while on your rafting adventure.

July 21, 2014

With the weather forecast predicting rain through out the week, it may put a damper on many peoples summer plans. Fortunately, the rain doesn’t slow down our awesome whitewater rafting tours! Since you’re bound to be soaked head to toe anyways, what’s a little rain gonna hurt?

July 20, 2014

The beauty of the Kootenays in the summertime never fails to amaze me. Whether it’s hiking, biking, swimming, paddling or whitewater rafting, the Kootenays has incredible places to explore. Around every corner there are forests to ride through, views to be contemplated and rivers to meander down. If you haven’t gone on a Kootenay adventure yet this summer, get up and go exploring!

July 19, 2014

Summer is flying by! It’s been an amazing couple of months rafting and kayaking on the Salmo and Slocan Rivers. Thank you to all the amazing people who have made our days on the river full of laughter and smiles. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store!

July 18, 2014

Many people feel fearful before heading out on their first rafting trip, but fear is a natural reaction to something unfamiliar. If you don’t embrace those feelings and push through them with excitement, many people miss out on adventures in their lives they wish they had experienced earlier. More often than not, by the end of the day, the nervous people are the ones who had the most fun and are the happiest about their decision to join us on a whitewater rafting adventure!

July 17, 2014

Tomorrow is the start of an awesome little 3-day music festival held in Crawford Bay, BC called StarBelly Jam! The festival features a large variety of unique bands and is very family friendly, with lots of room for little ones to play. When the heat starts to get to you, take a break, head to the river, and join us for some refreshing whitewater rafting!

July 16, 2014

What an awesome whitewater season it’s been so far!! Full rafts, daily trips, and more laughs and smiles than you could imagine. Our Nelson Whitewater Rafting staff are living the life.

July 15, 2014

After a rainy day yesterday, the weather looks like clear blue skies and some very hot temperatures for the up coming week. With rafting trips going out daily, there’s no better way to beat the heat and enjoy some whitewater fun!

July 14, 2014

The weather may be on the stormy side today but that never stops our whitewater adventures! Rain or shine we have all the gear necessary for our guests comfort. A little bit of sprinkling rain just adds to the rafting excitement!

July 13, 2014

This week the river has been our place of refuge from the steady +30 heat. We’ve shed our wetsuits and been enjoying going skin to wind and cooling off in the whitewater of the Facchina Rapids. The Slocan River is the place to be!

July 6, 2014

Our rafts have been full of smiling faces this past week. Thanks to all you fantastic people who have come out on the water with us and shared in the fun. The forecast calls for another week of glorious sunshine- Let the good times roll!

June 30, 2014

The Nelson sky is cloudless and blue, and the sun is bathing us in its glorious warmth. It’s one of those summer days that makes you want to dance and sing… and go rafting!  We’ve got a full trip of guests headed out to soak up the sun on the enchanting whitewater of Slocan River today. Listen carefully, I think you’ll hear the river calling you!

June 29, 2014

We’ve had a great week of whitewater rafting on both the Salmo River Shenango Canyon and the Slocan River Facchina Rapids. We couldn’t ask for better weather! I’ts been pouring rain at night to keep water levels awesome and sunbathing us by day. Ahh, this is the life!

June 23, 2014

What a great summer solstice in Nelson this weekend. We rocked full rafts down the thrilling whitewater of the Shenango Canyon, and put a smile on everyone’s face. The summer is off to a great start!

June 16, 2014

It wasn’t the best weather in Nelson this weekend, but whitewater rafting is one of the best activities to do in poor weather. We get wet head to toe no matter the weather conditions, and keep well prepared with wet suits, fleeces and splash tops when necessary to stay comfortable. The forecast looks great for the upcoming weekend, and that’s even better.

June 9, 2014

We had a great weekend out on the Salmo River. Awesome river levels and great weather for whitewater rafting. One of our trips was a staff party for Shoe La La here in Nelson. A great team building experience for them.

June 1, 2014

The first week of June is forecast to have beautiful weather and the river levels are excellent for our first week of whiteater rafting of the season. Our good friend Flo Scharlock is coming to town to guide some trips after a busy spring teaching rafting, swiftwater rescue and whitewater kayaking courses with the Thompson Rivers University Adventure Guide Program. It will be great to have him on the water with us.

May 26, 2014

On Thursday we did our whitewater guide’s training rafting the Salmo River. The river level was high as were our adrenaline levels. After rafting the canyon twice, doing some whitewater swimming drills, raft flip practice and throw bagging in one of the rapids we headed back to Nelson for a raft guide’s BBQ. It was a great day on the river.

May 20, 2014

Another volunteer effort we think is a good thing to do is our annual river clean up by raft with the ATLAS students from the local high school LV Rogers. Students are taught about river safety while rafting down the river and picking up garbage and litter to keep it as clean and beautiful as possible. Check out the photos page to see what we accomplished.

May 10, 2014

Today we volunteered our time and equipment to help out the Salmo Streamkeepers with an event they organized call the Salmo Century. We took a bunch of local artists down the upper sectin of the Salmo River. It was a beautiful trip. We saw some Harlequin Ducks, Bald Eagles and rafted a little bit of class 2 whitewater.