Experiences.com: Many people may not know enough to judge or care about the quality of your equipment at Destiny River Adventures. Tell us about your equipment and why it matters.
We believe that the personal equipment we provide has to be both good quality and condition. We provide wetsuits, wetsuit booties, helmets, gloves, and PFD’s that are in excellent condition for your tour. All of our boats and buses are maintained to a high standard so we can offer a quality experience from arrival at the rafting centre, return transport to the river and your river tour itself.
Experiences.com: What are the project dates for Destiny River Adventures white water rafting season?
Our whitewater rafting season is May 1 to July 31. Our float tour season is May 1 to early October. Our “raft & snorkel with the salmon” tour season is late July to early October. Multi-day expeditions available May/June and again in August/September.
Experiences.com: What class rapids does your company run?
A variety, from easy float Class I, novice paddle Class II, intermediate family whitewater Class II/III, and adult whitewater Class III/IV.
Experiences.com: Describe your most popular family rafting experience.
Our Nimpkish River Wilderness Adventure. A great full day tour with the best combination of whitewater and river scenery on Vancouver Island. It has it all, including running the rapids through The Slot, Iron Mine, Nun’s Rock, Surf’n Play, Pink Ledge, Carnage Canyon and others. Rafters have seen elk, cougar, black bear, deer and eagles on this adventure. We paddle through spectacular limestone canyons and swim alongside in crystal clear water. A riverside lunch on a sandy beach will fuel you up for the rest of the trip. Suitable for families with quiet floats and exciting splashes that includes all the extras – swimming, cliff jumping, caving and river kayaking.
Experiences.com: Describe your most challenging rafting experience.
Nimpkish River Whitewater. This tour has the biggest whitewater on the Nimpkish – trading off colder early season water for bigger thrills. We start with a pour-over at Duncan Pool to get everyone used to the water temperature and paddling skills required. Then we run the Ledge, Upper Grotto, Lower Grotto, Little Rock Garden, Rock Garden and Twisted Sisters before we have lunch at the Davie Creek confluence. More rapids ahead, including Champagne Rock, the Toilet Bowl and Woss Falls. You must be a minimum of 14 years of age and 90 lbs. to participate in this tour.
Experiences.com: What water sports or outdoor activities do you offer?
A variety of rafting tours, from easy floats to adult whitewater.
Experiences.com: Do you offer any unique adventures, or package deals?
Raft & Snorkel with the Salmon. A unique opportunity to raft the Campbell River and snorkel in the eddies with thousands of returning salmon.
Experiences.com: Describe a particular memorable rafting experience.
Last year on the Nimpkish River Wilderness Adventure. 15 minutes from the river put-in we had a herd of 7 bull elk walk across the river in front of a 4 raft tour that had many guests from Europe and the U.S. The elk took their time crossing so everyone had a great opportunity to view and take pictures. To top it off, after lunch we had a black bear playing on the riverside near the limestone canyon that we watched for 20 minutes before completing our river journey.
Experiences.com: What are some favorite vistas or views on your routes?
The limestone canyons on the Nimpkish are very cool. At the right water levels we have a cave that we can go through and come out the other side before we get back in the raft or swim to the eddy on the other side of the river.
Experiences.com: I�m anxious or hesitant to experience rafting rapids. What can you
say to help calm my fears or concerns?
We are members of the BC River Outfitters Association and operate above the requirements of government regulation and the association. Our standards for guides are amongst the best in the world – and a well trained and qualified guide is able to provide you with a great trip. We also will offer tours using different rafts so if you are very concerned you are in a bigger raft with very little chance of an “involuntary” swim!
Experiences.com: Please describe your view on the experience of White Water Rafting.
It is addictive. A natural way to explore the wilderness while at the same time getting an adrenaline thrill if you are on a whitewater tour. I have been guiding for 26 years and still get a kick out of our guests reactions to the river.
Thanks to Jim from Destiny River Adventures for providing us with this informative interview on rafting the Campbell River in Vancouver Island , Canada.