Biologists estimate that water makes up 65% of the human body, 71% of the planet's surface, and 0% of the R & B group Earth, Wind & Fire. Conquer the planet’s most prevalent liquid with today’s Groupon: for $86, you get a paddle- or power-rafting day trip on the Chilliwack or Thompson River from Hyak River Rafting (up to a $171.35 value, including taxes and fees). Trips run from June 2 through September 3.
Since 1980, Hyak River Rafting has been equipping maritime adventurers with rafts, paddles, and life vests for exploring the rapids of the Chilliwack and Thompson River. A licensed guide leads 4.5-hour day trips during which neophyte wave wizards learn to hit the throttle and maneuver around the grasping tentacles of feral octopi. Groups soak up the towering walls of the lower Thompson Canyon as the meandering aqua highway cascades over 27 rapids, including the Jaws of Death, the Cutting Board, and the Witch's Cauldron. Those who opt for the paddle trip conspire with their raft mates to maneuver through the rapids aboard a 15- to 20-foot vessel; those on the power-rafting excursion hold on to a 22-foot watercraft as the guide powers through the biggest, most manliest waves. The river trips peak not only on giant rapids, but also with an included gourmet riverside lunch. Only paddle rafting is available on the Chilliwack River; both paddle and power rafting are available on the Thompson River. Check out the schedule to see when trips depart.
Vancouver Water Adventures
Vancouver Water Adventures equips maritime adventurers with wet suits, life jackets, and personal watercraft for exploring the waterways of False Creek and English Bay. The staff stocks a fleet of jet skis, paddleboards, and kayaks, which riders can paddle past beaches and along inlets. In addition to soaking up scenic ocean views and spying on local wildlife, guests can accompany skilled guides on jet ski tours to the area's most impressive sights. Those operating machines must have a valid driver's licence, and all passengers must be at least 6 years old without factoring in alternate theories of relativity.