2013 Season Recap

August 31, 2013

Well we are just finishing off another great season here at Nelson Whitewater Rafting. We had a great season overall. There were some challenges… On July 26th a fuel truck crashed into Lemon Creek which feeds the Slocan River and we weren’t able to raft for two weeks while the clean up was in progress. We did get to help with the clean up efforts though by rafting biologists and clean up crews down the river. During the closure we also did an amazing trip on the Lardeau River as well as on the mighty Columbia River and Kootenay Rivers.

Also, our owner John Dutton snuck away and guided a week long trip on the Chilco Chilcotin and Fraser Rivers working with ROAM another rafting outfitter based out of Nelson. John reported a great experience rafting the white mile and many other great rapids.

July 23, 2013

Summer is flying by and the sun just keeps on shining here in Nelson! Hittin’ the river has been the perfect way to beat the heat in the 30+ C. temperatures we’ve been having the past couple of weeks.  We’ve had a ton of fun with each and every group we’ve been out rafting with so far this season and we look forward to all the good times August has in store!

July 10, 2013

We had two full boats head down the Facchina Rapids yesterday. The sun was shining in full force and everyone came back with smiles on their faces. There’s no better way to spend a hot summer day than on the Slocan River!

June 18, 2013

We have been taking full boats rafting down the Salmo River and did our first official Slocan Fachinna Rapids of the season yesterday. Our guests had a blast. Check out the guest comments page.

June 3, 2013

First rafting trip of the season down the Salmo River was a blast. It was a great level for the perfect whitewater experience. Once of the best BC has to offer. Join us early this season for this fantastic run.

May 28, 2013

We did some raft guide training on the Salmo River Shenango Canyon on Sunday. What a blast to be back on the water in a raft. The guides all got a chance to practive their throw bagging, flip drills, whitewater swimming and charging through class four rapids. It was sunny and warm too.

May 13, 2013

Last week must have been one of the hottest weeks ever in Nelson in May. The Salmo and Slocan Rivers are pumpin’ right now. We can’t wait to share this high water with you!

April 28, 2013

We have had some beautiful and sunny weather in the Nelson during the last couple of weeks. Our guides have been out kayking on the Salmo and Slocan rivers and are looking forward rafting again. We look forward to sharing another great season of whitewater rafting with our guests.

April 7, 2013

Our preparations have started for the 2013 season. June 1 will be the first rafting trip of the season on the Salmo River Shenango Canyon. If you don’t feel like you’re ready for the class 4 action of the Salmo, but want to try some big grade 3 rapids there is no better time than June for high water on the Slocan River Facchina Rapids tour. Give us a call to book! 1-877-808-7238.

2012 Season Recap

September 24, 2012

Another great season finished. Lots of fun stuff for the guides and staff to do in the West Kootenays this fall and winter. We look forward to seeing all of our guests again next spring!

August 14, 2012

We may have just had our busiest two weeks of rafting ever! Our rafting guides Shawn and Tanner have been putting smiles on peoples faces like they’re going out of style. The hot weather has been awesome, and this has been an excellent summer in Nelson!

July 30, 2012

The forecast for the Nelson area is sunny and beautiful this week. The Slocan River is at an excellent level for rafting providing great whitewater, and the river is warm enough now that wet suits are not required. It should be a great week!

July 21, 2012

This will likely be the last weekend of rafting on the Salmo River. It’s been a great season, and wonderful to raft it well until July. The Slocan River still has high water and exciting rapids, and we’ll be running that trip until Labour Day weekend. Forecast looks awesome this week!

July 11, 2012

After a busy few days of rafting twice a day the guides managed to squeeze in a kayak run down the Salmo River Shenango Canyon last night with a bbq & beers to cap things off at dusk. What a treat. The West Kootenay Region is the greatest place to live and work. Coming up to a busy weekend of rafting both the Slocan and Salmo Rivers. This has been an excellent start to our summer season!

July 4, 2012

Finally the rain has stopped and we have sun and hot weather forecast for the Nelson area for the foreseable future. Both the Salmo and Slocan Rivers are running at excellent levels for whitewater rafting. It’s been a crazy spring with so much rain and flooding across BC, and now it’s time for an excellent summer.

June 20, 2012

We had a great weekend rafting on both the Slocan and Salmo Rivers. The Slocan has HUGE waves during high water and has been soooo much fun. The Salmo has been providing the usual excitement with continuous rapids and thrills. We should have another long season on the Salmo River as the rivers in the West Kootneay and Nelson area have been staying really high due to the cool weather and lots of rain. Sunshine coming soon!

May 22, 2012

Our first rafting trips of the season down the Salmo River Shenango canyon were a blast this past weekend. Check out our Trip Advisor page for guest reviews on past trips. www.tripadvisor.com/nelsonwhitewaterrafting.

2011 Season Recap

November 7, 2011

There’s big talk about another ‘La Nina’ winter, and that’s just fine with us. Most of our guides and staff enjoy the snow and the mountains in the winter, and that will mean another great high water season next year. Gift certificates are available for Christmas or Birthdays.

May 14, 2012

The winter blessed skiers and riders with great powder skiing this year, and the thick snowpack still in the mountains means plenty of water for the rivers. The guides have been out kayaking and rafting and are glad to be back in the whitewater. This weekend should be a blast on the Salmo River!

September 3, 2011

Today is our last rafting trip of the season. It’s been a great year for Nelson Whitewater Rafting. High water and tons of fun on the Salmo River from May 20 to July 21, and huge waves on the Slocan River Facchina Rapids Whitewater Trips during the high water season too! The hot weather in the second half of the summer treated us to many great days on the river swimming in the warm water of the Slocan and getting our guests in the drink by playing the Rodeo Game!

August 27, 2011

The hot weather took a long time to arrive and we still have 30 degree temperatures.  Amazing for time of year and our guests have been loving the swims in the warm water and deep pools of the Slocan River. The Facchina Rapids are providing good whitewater thrills and the ‘rodeo game’ is getting everyone in the water!

August 3, 2011

We our having the best weather of the summer so far, and the whitewater trips were a huge hit over the long weekend. One more month of rafting left on the Slocan River before the best mountain biking season of the year hits in the fall.

July 25, 2011

Last thursday was out last whitewater trip down the Shenango Canyon of the season. The guests had a great time, and so is everyone coming out rafting on the Slocan River Facchina Rapids whitewater trip. The Slocan River is flowing at 250 cubic metres of water per second the same level it was at in the end of the June last year!  We’ve got huge waves and warm water out there right now.

July 18, 2011

Local Nelson Photographer Phil Best came out to take pictures of whitewater rafting on the Shenango Canyon on Sunday, and they turned out great!  Check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/nelsonwhitewaterrafting to have a look. Three of the guides went out kayaking on the Salmo last night, and it was one of the best whitewater sessions of the season. So, beautiful and we bbq’d smokies at the take out!

July 16, 2011

Rafting the last two weeks has been excellent.  High water on the Slocan River Facchina Rapids run, beautiful clear water on the Salmo River Shenango Canyon whitewater trip and great weather.  One of our threepet guests said today he enjoyed rafting the low water on the Shenango Canyon even more than the high water!  Dodging boulders and getting soaked at the weir drop.  Fabulous!

July 3, 2011

I can’t think of any better things to do on our nations birthday than whitewater rafting on the Salmo River.  Friday was so awesome.  We had back to back rafting trips with beautiful sunny weather, great water levels, a fun guiding crew and excellent guests.

June 27, 2011

Tomorrow will be our first trip of the season on the Slocan River.  Right now it’s flowing at 400 cubic metres per second and the waves in the Facchina Rapids are gonna be huge!  The rafting this past weekend was awesome on the Salmo and the whitewater season on the Salmo Shenango Canyon is going to be weeks longer than normal this season.  SWEEEEEET!

June 24, 2011

The river level is looking great for the weekend.  We’ve got three sold out trips.  Next scheduled trip with available space is Canada Day July 1.  What an awesome start to the 2011 rafting season!

June 18, 2011

A few rafters fell in the drink today at banditos – a wave in the last rapid.  They were quickly pulled in and the dunk seemed to make their day!  It was caught on camera and they all bought the photo cd!  The Salmo flows into a calm reservoir, so the last rapid is a good place for whitewater rafting action.

June 13, 2011

This weekend we had full trips Saturday and Sunday.  Such great rafting so far this season.  During the spring  run off the Salmo Shenango Canyon has some of the best whitewater in BC.  The 11km run provides great excitement and finishes with a gentle float into the Pend Oreille River reservoir.  The huge winter snowpack has provided great water levels this season!

June 6, 2011

We had one of the best trips ever rafting the Salmo River on Saturday.  Beautiful sunny weather, great river level and we ran smooth lines down the river hitting huge waves soaking everyone.  All the guests were super stoked on the trip.  Then the Canucks won!

May 29, 2011

The guides went out kayaking on the rafting run yesterday evening.  What a pleasant Sunday excursion. This morning it was time to check out the kayaking on the Upper Salmo River.  Beautiful sunny day, cold clear water & a class 3+ canyon.”

May 22, 2011

Yesterday was the first commercial rafting trip of the season.  Everyone had a blast.  Big whitewater at this time of year, and the trip was sold out.  A couple of people brought their mom’s along, and it seems they liked it the most!

May 2, 2011

Go to www.facebook.com/nelsonwhitewaterrafting to enter a draw to win a trip for two on the Salmo River! It’s the coolest thing to do spring time in the West Kootenay.

April 17, 2011

Cut a few logs out of the Salmo River today that had fallen in over the winter.  Want to get those things outa there before the rafting season starts, and it was a fun thing to do on a rainy Saturday in the West Kootenays.

April 10, 2011

The 2010 rafting season was a huge success for us.  All the guests loved the Salmo and Slocan river runs, and the ride on our funky shuttle bus ‘The Woody’.  Get in touch with us to book your trip for the 2011 rafting season in Nelson, BC.  It’s one of the best things to do in the area!