The thrill of whitewater rafting is the top reason why strangers jump into a boat together, edging out racing to spontaneous log-rolling duels. Traverse foamy-mouthed waters with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a six-hour whitewater rafting adventure on the Exploits River (up to a $99 value), lunch, and a commemorative photo DVD (a $20 value) from Rafting Newfoundland at Riverfront Chalets in Grand Falls-Windsor (up to a $119 total value).
Rafting Newfoundland thrills beginner and experienced paddle dunkers with whitewater rafting on the Exploits River, Newfoundland's longest stretch of flowing water. The Badger Run rafting adventure embarks daily at 11 a.m. for six hours of navigating rapids, suiting up adventurers in Pro-Tec Ace helmets and Northwest River Supplies personal flotation devices before plopping them into stable gravity-based self-bailing boats. Should the weather get surly, breathable, waterproof paddling jackets add a layer of comfort for surmounting river suds. Between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., paddlers take a sojourn on a rock island for a picnic lunch filled with nutritious eats, including sandwiches that double as oars in a pinch. The all-day adventure affords plentiful swimming opportunities, including a dip at Badger Chute, where swimmers can jump off the rocks into bubbling but innocuous rapids and be carried back to their plunging post by a recirculating current.
Rafting Newfoundland liberates rafters from their cameras and waterproof painting easels as guides take high-quality action shots throughout the day, later uploaded to a DVD with an average of 200–500 pics. Drinks are served at lunch, but rafters are encouraged to bring their own for hydrating throughout the trip. Rafters are advised to avoid wearing cotton fabrics, strapless shoes, and sandals and should bring a spare fleece, sweater, or sheep to hug (dry storage provided).
TransCanada Hwy. & Aspen Brook
Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland A2A 2K2