In the Victorian era, extreme sports were limited to teatime without doilies, writing witty satires about earnesty, and riding a penny-farthing down a mild incline. Shock such staid sensibilities with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a three-hour whitewater-rafting trip from Interior Whitewater Expeditions in Clearwater (a $110.88 value, including HST).
The experienced guides at Interior Whitewater Expeditions navigate frothy waves and roaring rapids while passengers of all skill levels take in thrilling views of Wells Gray Provincial Park. On the Ready-Set-Go! voyage ($110.88), paddle-wielding trekkers barrel through the fast-moving waters of Clearwater River's lower canyon for three hours, catching sights along the way of Candle Creek Falls, Pink Mountain, and the world-domination planning sessions of power-hungry bullfrogs. Two certified river whisperers join each journey to ensure safe travels and to ensure all the provided equipment is used properly and effectively. Trips depart two to three times a day, depending on the month, the time of week, and the customer's ability to answer a series of riddles posed by an on-staff sphinx.
Interior Whitewater Expeditions
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.