Experienced guides paddle groups past Wells Gray's volcanic cones and its myriad waterfalls cascading from high cliffs flanked by old-growth forests. They navigate this wilderness via the torrential rapids of the Clearwater River. To accommodate those of varying experience, trips ranging from three hours to five days traverse both whitewater and pacified aquatic plateaus. Banked by the towering canyon walls and sagebrush of Wells Gray Provincial Park, river-pilots point out bald eagles, black bears, and california bighorn sheep throughout the area. During multiday adventures, the crew supplements days of rafting with activities such as canoeing Mahood Lake, spotting native pictographs, hiking to Goodwin Falls, and camping. After embarking on expeditions, the crew recommends stopping by The Kettle Café for slow-cooked fare, and all multiday trips include provided riverside meals.
Based at Kamloops and Boundary Bay Airport, Canadian Flight Centre has used its fleet of small aircraft to train more than 3,000 professional and recreational pilots since its inception in 1979. After a thorough ground-school education, potential commercial and private fliers hop into planes for flight training. Instructors utilize the region's unique proximity to coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean to teach specific mountain checkout or water-related flying and instrument skills. They outfit their instructional aircraft with all the controls, instrumentation, and capabilities necessary to imbue industry-standard proficiency.
Clearwater’s Wells Gray Provincial Park is a marvel to behold, with hundreds of waterfalls spilling from high vertical cliffs brimmed with green pines and spruce. Liquid Lifestyles owner Scott Streadwick and his experienced team strive to make the park’s 5,000 square kilometres accessible to everyone via exhilarating raft and kayak excursions, in which customers brave choppy rapids in exchange for unforgettable views. During part-day, full-day, and multi-day whitewater rafting trips, skilled rafters guide groups down Clearwater River past volcanic canyons, cascades, and lazy salmon looking to bum a ride. Aquatic adventures can opt to take the helm on tandem rafting trips, steering through the river's transparent waters, which boast whitewaters up to Class VI.
Kayaking classes, meanwhile, equip river-roamers with basic and intermediate skills that they can further hone on Liquid Lifestyles–organized kayaking expeditions on the Clearwater, Quesnel, and Cariboo rivers, some lasting up to seven days. All full-day and multi-day tours incorporate riverside lunches crafted by a Red Seal Chef, as well as picturesque hikes, mountain biking, and fly-fishing for lost contact lenses.
Brought together by their lifelong love of horses, Vicki Maddocks and Hubert Puetz must be living the dream. At Double Star Ranch, they've managed to encompass both horse-riding and family, operating trail rides off the property of their home. In addition to trail rides, the two oversee horse training, drawing from their many years of combined experience with horses and repeated viewings of The Horse Whisperer. The ranch also offers summer camps for kids, as well as parties and boarding.
At Gracie Barra Kamloops, students learn the art of the underdog: brazilian jiu-jitsu. This martial-arts discipline capitalizes on the concept of leverage to negate any advantage of size or strength. Its grappling techniques therefore enable a person to subdue a much-larger opponent using a repertoire of joint locks and chokeholds.
The instructors—two of whom are certified black belts—demonstrate their ground-fighting techniques during classes for all ages. These sessions hone self-defence moves while promoting overall fitness, much like kicking the panel of your StairMaster between each step.
RUCKERS is a blast for everyone who's young, or young at heart. We've got games to challenge your body and your mind. The Ruckers concept is designed to provide entertainment that is exciting and appealing for everyone. Taking high tech entertainment & placing it in an environment where families feel comfortable.