When is the best time of year to go?
Whenever you have the opportunity! The Adams River is great fun all season long. In late spring (June) the water is chilly with extra thrills at spring flow - not suitable for small youth. Summer flows see warm water with exciting rapids; in late summer and fall the rapids become easier, suitable for everyone, and you are more likely to see salmon or bears.
When is the best time of day to go?
The best time slot is the time that suits your plans. Some small points are: morning and late afternoon trips can be better for wildlife; the lighting on morning trips is best for action photos; mid day trips have the sun high overhead. Weather in the Shuswap is often fabulous, so it is warm on all departures. Please note, however, that we do not always have all time slots available.
Can Grandma join us?
Definitely! Especially during the summer when the water is warm and the rapids moderate. Call us with any special concerns.
Do I have to paddle?
Although most of our guests participate, at the discretion of the guide some adults opt not to paddle and have a blast hanging on at the front. Rafters with special concerns do not need to paddle.
How many can go in one raft? Can our group stay together?
The rafts hold from 8 to 12 depending on raft size and ages of the group. Catarafts hold 6 to 8. Groups can always stay in the same raft together unless specified by the office at time of booking. Large groups have a blast splashing each other and watching the others go thru the rapids.
How far are you from the Shuswap Provincial Park?
Only 2.8 kms Just around the corner!
Do people fall out often?
It is rare to fall out of the raft, but it is certainly possible. Your guide may arrange certain seating positions for more timid rafters. The safety briefing will offer clear instructions on what to do if you end up in the drink. The chance of falling out is increased at higher water flow in late spring. At times your guide may invite go overboard, on purpose! Drifting in a river feels like flying; pretty neat.
Do the rafts flip often?
Again, it is rare for the rafts to flip upside down, but it does happen. The safety briefing covers this as well. Your guides are fully trained in rescue techniques. Flips occur more often in late spring. It is very unlikely to happen in early spring, mid summer, or fall.
Do I have to know how to swim?
Swimming is not essential to enjoy our Adams River Trip, however, during spring flow (usually June) we do recommend some swimming ability.
Do you give instructions?
Yes! Our guides are very skilled at delivering clear safety briefings prior to departure and helpful hints along the way as you acquire your new river skills.
Can we eat our picnic lunch at your office?
Yes, we have a nice shaded area for lounging around.
Do you offer camping?
Our facility does not offer camping, although there several in the area. See Links for details.
Can someone who isn't rafting tag along for the bus ride?
This is not possible as our shuttle driver strays with the trip for photography. People can follow the bus to the put-in site in their own vehicle to see the rafts off.
Can we go with bare feet?
No, secure shoes that don't fall off are mandatory.
Should I bring my asthma puffer / meds on the bus?
Yes, and bring them on the bus and on the raft. Your guide can put any meds in a drybag for the trip.
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