Fun rapids and stunning scenery in the Sulphur Gates Canyon just outside Grande Cache
Wild River Expedition
- Adult Ages 12+
- Child Ages 12 - 15
This trip is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Full payment is required to book all trips.
You must cancel at least 7 days before the start time for a refund.
Refunds are less a 10% administration fee.
When you book, we email you a link to our digital Waiver (read here). Each person in your group, even kids, needs to sign a waiver before you arrive.
WHAT TO BRING
- Closed shoes that can get wet: water shoes, sports sandals or old runners
- Swimsuit or lightweight underclothes for under the wetsuit
- Towel and dry shoes for after
- Sunglasses, a tie-on for prescription glasses
- Extra medication, EpiPen for deadly allergies
- Neoprene wet suits & socks
- Wind-resistant jackets
- High-performance water helmets
- US Coast Guard approved Type V lifejackets
- Facebook trip photos
- Available on cold days:
- Wind-resistant splash pants
- Neoprene mitts
MEET US AT: 11113 97 Avenue, Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
There is street parking across the street from our Rafting House.
Large vehicles or trailers can be accommodated.
How safe is rafting?
We have an extensive Risk Management program, and have been rafting without serious incident since 1998. Check out our Is Rafting Safe? page for more information.
What if it rains?
In some ways, rafting is the BEST outdoor activity to do in the rain — you are set up to get soaked! We have a few layers of gear and will equip you for the current weather. We do not cancel for rain, or even snow.
Do I need to know how to swim?
Many of our guests can’t swim and some are even afraid of water. Our lifejackets are designed for safely rafting in a white water river and also teach you what to do if you fall out of the raft.
Do you have a wetsuit big (or small) enough?
We haven’t met anyone yet we couldn’t fit. Adult suits go as large as 4XL, and kids as small as size 4.
I was sitting at the river’s edge, listening to two rivers crash into each other when I realized, ‘this is more than a cool trip, this is a deep dive into remote nature.’ I felt like I was breathing in the history of an ancient landscape. And I’ll tell you – this was teamwork on a whole new level!
I came with some artist friends, but the other group was engineers. I wondered if we’d get along, but right off the bat we had to work together by packing a HUGE pile of gear into two small rafts. Once we got on the river, the rafting was pretty mellow at first, like you’re the new person at a party and you’re just scoping it out. But that all changed when we hit the first set of rapids. All we could see was this crashing, roiling, white water, waves taller than me, with the guide yelling over the roar, ‘PADDLE HARD!!’ Didn’t need to tell me twice!
Once the water calmed down we just sat.. spellbound I guess. The river was still gurgling, miles of mountains and trees all around, and knowing we were going to be camping in the middle of that… it was a WOW moment for sure. But first we had to row straight across two rivers converging together – what a rush! By the time I changed into dry clothes, the food was ready. OMG it was good! Seriously, they even made fresh brownies! Then we sat around the fire and one of the guys started talking about this big wave we’d hit. We all tossed stories around and it felt like I was camping with family. It was really magical.
There’s one moment I’ll never forget tho… that first night the engineers were watching me down by the river, picking up rocks, holding them, and setting them down. They asked my friend what the heck I was doing. She said I was probably checking what the rocks ‘felt’ like. I’m sure they thought I had rocks in my head! But at the end of the trip one engineer came up to me, held out a smooth round stone and asked if he’d chosen a ‘good one’. It was such a sweet moment!! I may never see him again but as we parted, I understood what it meant to be part of the River Family.