BC’s Elk and Bull Rivers
by Dennis Eaton, Rafting Editor
Golden, BC: The Elk River and the Bull River, both near Fernie, British Columbia, each offer classic BC whitewater rafting opportunities
Elk River is a larger volume river that carves its way through steep-walled canyons. There are some nice rapids in the Lower Elk Canyon, as well as swimming holes and cliff-jumping areas along its route. Like the Bull River, the scenery is fantastic.
Bull River is best in May, June and July when water levels are medium to high. The area boasts outstanding scenery, including huge mountain peaks and deep green forests. The lower portion of the river includes a narrow canyon with frothy rapids nicknamed “Toilet Bowl” and “Bubblicious.”
* Rated: Class II – IV
* Approximate time required: Full day
* Best time: May, June and July (Bull River); July, August and September (Lower Elk)