Whether you’re considering moving to Vancouver, or have made the move. I’m going to share some fun things that I’ve done in the neighbourhood, or nearby.
I will start with this first activity and add more over time. So Vancouver is surrounded by mountains. They get covered with snow in the winter. We also have plenty of rivers in British Columbia. Guess what happens in the spring when it warms up? That snow melts and ends up in the river. This creates a great opportunity for white water rafting.
So let’s start with white water rafting. About 45-60 minutes from downtown Vancouver is a cool little town called Squamish. It’s a beautiful drive from Vancouver up the coast.
I booked a trip through a company called Canadian Outback Rafting. They sometimes have discounts on Travelzoo for their rafting adventures. They have a couple of options that you can choose from. I gravitated towards the Elaho Exhilarator trip for some reason. I like action and adventure so this was the one. They also have other options that might not be as aggressive as this one.
We took a short bus trip from the meeting point to the entry point! It’s a logging road, so hold on to your teeth and other body parts. They obviously go over all safety with you prior to hitting the water. They also provide all the gear required – wetsuit etc to keep you relatively cosy on the adventure.
As you are drifting down the river they give you the option of jumping over the side to cool down. I think I pressed them to let me do this. I was at the front of the boat and it has a bit of lip. Let’s just say my entry into the water didn’t get any style points. I think I hit the water back first.
The first thing that hit me, besides the water was how cold it was. Well, ya, I guess so. The next issue was my helmet wasn’t securely attached. Ya, that’s on me as well. So now I’m upside down, in a fast flowing river, and I’m in darkness.
Once I surfaced I realized I was about 20 feet downstream from the boat. I was supposed to hang on as per the guide. Well, when I did the 360 degree dismount, the rope was ripped out of my hand and bombs away.
Thankfully I had a strong, attentive boat mate who fished me out of the water. They make those women strong in Denmark, luckily for me.
The trip is fantastic. If you get the chance give it a try. Highlights of the trip are below.