Rafting the Thompson River in BC
by Dennis Eaton, Rafting Editor
GOLDEN, BC, CANADA - The Thompson River offers something a little different in BC: hot climate, canyon and desert scenery, giant, fun waves and warm water (a welcome relief in these parts).
All of this brings flocks of rafters to the Thompson River each summer. The lower Thompson features 18 Class III rapids, starting with Frog Rapid, a turbulent section of the river that rounds a huge boulder before heading downstream to several Class III-IV rapids. Summer heat causes the water level to drop, which creates bigger, more defined waves perfect for paddle rafting.
* Lytton, the main gateway starting point, is a three-hour drive northeast from Vancouver via Highway 1.
* Best time: July – September
* Rated: class III – IV Approximate time required: single day – overnight trips