The kayakers' paddles dip silently into the placid waters of the Harrison River, their very presence amid the verdant wilderness dwarfed by the mountains looming overhead. Just as one kayaker opens his mouth to speak, the guide motions for him to remain silent as she points to the sunny shore, where an assembly of seals has gathered to bask in the warm rays.
Founded with the goal of granting visitors access to the pristine surroundings and rich history of the Harrison Hot Springs area, Harrison Eco Tours cultivates unforgettable interactions with nature thanks to their expertly trained guides and unique lineup of tours. The company's guides pride themselves on their encyclopedic knowledge of all things Harrison?from local tales to area geography to the flora and fauna that populate the terrain?which enables them to provide entertaining and insightful commentary throughout each tour. Excursions in heated jet boats speed past the jaw-dropping vistas of Fraser Canyon and Kilby, and paddling outings in kayaks facilitate relaxed jaunts down Harrison River. Visitors can witness critters up close with a selection of wildlife-sighting excursions, such as the popular Winter Eagle tour wherein passengers armed with binoculars scour the horizon seeking close-up views of the bald eagles' soaring wingspans and miniature powdered wigs.
Even in the midst of roaring rapids, it's easy to spot the bright purple kayaks that have become the signature of Purple Hayes School of Kayaking. But you generally won't have to look for these kayaks within the white waters of British Columbia's scariest rapids; since the school's founding in 1986, it has catered primarily to beginners looking to get their feet wet in calmer waters. In fact, one of the most popular classes, the two-hour Give it a Whirl session, sticks to the glassy waters of Cultus Lake to help first-timers get a feel for paddling. Once you're ready to take on a stronger current, the school offers more advanced courses with a low student-teacher ratio. Introductory courses teach the basic strokes and strategies necessary to make it safely downstream, while instructors ramp up the difficulty in intermediate courses by balancing an egg on each student's head.
Sunlight streams through the canopy and illuminates a waterfall hidden in the dense woods. A river carves its way through grassy fields as a lake stretches beyond tree-covered hills and recedes in the distance. These sights are just a few of the magnificent wonders you can discover across British Columbia. The guides at Harrison Eco Tours have seen them all and bring that expertise on guided trips through the great outdoors. The team can lead jet-boat, kayaking, and hiking tours across these and other natural landmarks. The team also leads fishing expeditions to catch salmon, sturgeon, and steelhead trout on the Fraser River, bringing the thrill of the chase to the calm surroundings of nature.
Outer Island Expeditions' fleet of kayaks and boats safely cruises at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour through frothy crests ebbing amid the striking sights and wildlife of the San Juan islands. Venturing as far as 50 miles into Canadian waters, whale-watching excursions foster personal rapport between patrons and boat-side orcas, gray whales, or humpback whales trying to learn human etiquette for future espionage missions. Tours of Stuart Island's Turn Point lighthouse begin aboard a 22-foot Kodiak skiff, which buoys patrons through 16 miles of waters inhabited by sea lions and porpoises before they disembark and hike to the lighthouse's historical museum. Fishing charters set sail in search of ocean creatures and potable salt water from all of Outer Island Expeditions' four launch points: Smuggler's Villa Resort, Semiahmoo Resort, Lopez Island, and The Willows on Lummi Island.
Elakah offers guided sea kayaking tours in Bellingham and the San Juan Islands. Our half-day, full-day and multi-day sea kayaking trips are educational, environmentally sustainable, accessible for all abilities, safe and supportive of the local community. Paddling the Northwest since 1989.
Triad River Tours was founded by expedition guides who spent over a decade leading trips on multi-day whitewater expeditions on rivers like the Main Salmon and the Snake River of Hells Canyon. After spending many days working on simultaneously complex and luxurious rafting trips, they came to find beauty in the minimalist approach to rafting. Triad River Tours is a licensed, insured, and permitted outfitter in Washington state, and uses high-quality equipment and skilled guides to ensure guests have the best experience possible.
Triad River Tours focuses on the essential practices of great rafting trips, every tour follows meticulous safety protocols, and even before they offer a tour, the team spends up to six months scouting, preparing, and analyzing the specific route to ensure that every variable has been accounted for.