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Old 08-01-2015   #1
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Adventure Activities near Vancouver

I am flying to Vancouver in the second week in Sept and fly home from Portland two weeks later. I would like to try out white water rafting and some mountain biking while I am over there.

I've only done rafting once before in Middle Fork American River, California the day trip listed in the link.

I have been reading up online and seems Whistler would have everything I would be looking for but I was wondering can anyone recommend any good companies to go with or any other places I should be checking out while I am there.

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Old 08-01-2015   #2
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re Vancouver

Once you get to Whistler, you will get all the info at the infor. center. Sept is a little late for most of the rafting very close to Whistler. You may be able to get out to the Elaho/Squamish with a commercial outfitter or even the Thompson. The Elaho is not very far but the Thompson is. There used to be a guy calling himself Captain Holiday who ran a v good kayaking outfit right in Whistler, I dont know if he still does.
Anyway, theres tons of other stuff to do, mountain biking being the most popular at that time. You can't go wrong there. Its a blast.

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Old 08-02-2015   #3
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Yeah I see a few companies are offering it until the 27th of September.

Elaho-Squamish River » Wedge Rafting » Whitewater Rafting in Whistler, BC
Exciting Rafting Trips | Wet & Wild Elaho Exhilarator | Class 3 - 4 Rapids Rafting Trips
Whistler BC Canada | Official Destination Website

What are the issues going too late in the season? Lack of water running down from the mountain?

Would Portland be any better that time of year?
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Old 08-02-2015   #4
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No, Whistler would be more fun. By Sept most stuff around Portland is also way down.The Mckenzie and the Metolious may be running but they are both a hike to get to and from Portland in a day. Someone from the PNW could give you a better idea of the conditions there this year.
I would stick with Whistler.
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Old 08-07-2015   #5
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Kumsheen rafting

Drive to Lytton and raft the Thompson with Kumsheen rafting. If you take hwy 1 east it's about 2.5-3 hour drive. I know the people at Kumsheen and they are top notch and their resort is excellent. The Thompson still has a fair amount of water too - currently flowing at about 21,000 Cfs (I was on it in June when it was 80,000 Cfs!!).
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