The rugged beauty of nature meets the comfort of vacation amenities at REO Rafting Resort, a secluded getaway on the edge of Nahatlatch River. Throughout the Fraser Canyon, experienced guides lead groups on whitewater rafting day-trips and multiday excursions, helping beginners and advanced rafters alike to navigate class III and IV+ rapids. Some of the trips take place along the Nahatlatch and others venture to the Stein, Thompson, and Fraser rivers, all of which are less than 45 minutes away from base camp. Relaxation and pampering follow at the resort's facilities, where a hot tub, massage therapists, and glasses of beer or wine await to reward campers for their rugged displays of human heartiness.
At nightfall, guests cozy up around a campfire, but they need not roast hot dogs or trap varmints for sustenance. A team of professional chefs prepares meals for guests, which also helps prevent the risk of forest fires and bears moseying into campsites for a snack.
Cleaved between snow-capped mountain ranges and the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers, Hope Golf Club showcases a picturesque nine-hole, 18-tee course. After crossing a single-lane bridge above the churning waters of the Coquihalla, guests can look out onto the verdant expanse, charting their plan of attack through the cedar and fir trees that flex their branches from the fairways’ edges. Two tee placements create a distinct front and back nine, keeping golfers focused as they approach narrow fairways from different distances and alternate realities.
Majestic views of the surrounding area abound throughout the course, especially on the seventh green, where the two rivers meet, attracting wildlife and conveying salmon to warmer climes during the fall. After rounds, golfers can retreat to the on-site grill to recap memorable shots and gossip about what they look for in a caddy.
Framed by the nearly vertical slopes of Mount Cheam, Bridal Falls Golf?s nine-hole executive course tunnels through pine trees across 2,269 yards of forest. From the fairways of the petite par 32, players can overhear the soft rumbling of the nearby Bridal Veil Falls, which augurs the appearance of the Mountain Brook stream on two holes and two large lakes. Rustic wooden bridges span these waterways to provide passage for walkers, carts, and caddies who believe in trolls. Before rounds, duffers can loosen up swings and steady putting strokes with a stint at the covered driving range, practice green, sand bunker, and pitching area.
After a long day of drives, golfers can replenish with dinner and drinks at the full-service bar and restaurant. The club?s head pro Ron Brunelle also sates appetites for straighter shots with various lesson packages.
Rolling patches of endless landscape below. Mountain ranges rising ever higher in the distance, far from civilization's buildings and burning stacks of Beatles records. Trees, clouds, and wind?this is a typical day spent with Fly Gravity Sports.
An HPAC-certified pilot, David Llewellyn helps make these human flights possible. In his 15 years of hang-gliding, he has ascended thousands of times over Canada, the United States, and Latin America. Today, he uses Fraser Valley and the surrounding lower mainland as his backdrop during family-friendly tandem flights. He and the Fly Gravity Sports team also provide continuing education for experienced gliders, introducing them to the facility's modern winch-tow technique that requires no effort in becoming airborne.
When Craig Schindle worked the front door of the Harrison Springs Resort & Spa, visitors would often ask him for suggestions of family-friendly activities to do on the lake. Inspired, Craig bought two motorized Sea-Doo watercrafts, and Harrison Watersports Inc. was born.
Today, Schindle's fleet has expanded to nine Sea-Doos, two high-end ski boats, and a variety of recreational bumper boats and banana tubes. These watercrafts glide across the pristine waters of Harrison Lake, known for its vistas of sandy shores, snow-capped mountains, and colonies of runaway middle-school history teachers. On an inflatable waterpark that floats atop another part of the lake, visitors can scamper across obstacle courses, careen down slides, and cannonball into cool waters.