Ultimate Fraser River Journey
Ultimate Fraser River Journey
DATES: August 25-29 Other dates are also available contact for details
PRICE: $2800 plus GST *GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
Explore – Photograph – Experience
There are few places in the world as wild, unique and awe inspiring as the Fraser River and it’s canyon lands. For the past 10,000 years, the river has sustained, sheltered and nurtured it’s peoples, bears, cougar, big horn sheep, deer, coyote, untold numbers of hawks, eagles and migratory birds; all relying on the wealth of salmon heading upriver to where they were born. These are only some of the sights, sounds and adventures we will experience within the canyon walls and rolling grasslands of the Fraser River.
The Fraser River has a cultural significance that dates back to the pre 1800’s with remnants of village sites and numerous petroglyphs and pictographs scattered along the rivers edge, for thousands of years the river has been a source of food, life and recreation for local Indigenous people. There are many stories past down from the elders and exerpts from Simon Fraser’s early explorations that paint the picture of a time when the Fraser River was teaming with activity. Today only a few Indigenous individuals and tribes still live along the Fraser River’s edge.
This 5-day trip will have a Indigenous cultural emphasis and will be hosted by Douglas Green of the Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) Nation. Douglas will share stories and his history as he takes us to pre-contact village sites, petroglyphs, and pictographs. Doug and guides will share knowledge of various native plants and some of their traditional and modern day uses. He will also demonstrate dip-net fishing for salmon, and share the feast in traditional fashion. Few people have seen or experienced what Douglas will share with his guests.
We will also experience the more recent history of explorer Simon Fraser and the Gold Rush.
Our trip starts at the old ferry site in Soda Creek 25min north of Williams Lake. We will head downstream (often drifting) to take in the magnificent scenery and to get close to wildlife in the river canyon’s. We use our power sparingly to maneuver through rapids and whirlpools. We will make frequent stops to explore the many features that this area provides. The evenings will be enjoyed by the warmth of the campfire, under the stars, while the river gently flows by and the sounds of crickets remind us that we are in a truly magical place. We will end this tour above Bridge River Rapids about 8 miles from the small community of Lillooet.
- This area boasts the largest intact grasslands in the world and is a unique part of the bench lands of the Fraser River.
- View and photograph the largest non migratory herd of California Bighorn Sheep in North America in their natural habitat. Other wildlife siting possibilities include bald and golden eagles, various hawk species, black/ grizzly bears, mule deer, moose, goats, coyotes, river otters, beavers, cougar, song birds and water fowl.
- Participate in Indigenous Traditional activities that include plant identification, food gathering and uses, cultural activities (smudge ceremony, gathering), visiting petroglyphs and pictographs, traditional dip netting/fishing and hunting techniques and basic survival.
- Gold panning, rock hounding, hiking and exploring.
- All meals are local, organic (when possible) and prepared professionally.
- You will be accompanied by your guide, an aboriginal hunter gatherer in his traditional territories.
- This section of the Fraser River is the most northern desert in North America that features many micro climates.
- Your guide will offer guests a Sturgeon fishing demonstration as an evening event. (Catch and release)
Guests will meet at the Visitor Info Center in Williams Lake at 9:30 am for a 40 min. scenic drive north of Williams Lake to the old community of Soda Creek. This is the beginning of our 5 day Fraser River Journey!
When you arrive at Soda Creek. You will be greeted by your Boat Captain and crew who will be your trip guides/leaders for the duration of your trip. They will load your gear, give a safety talk and then head out on the River. They will be there to help you throughout this trip.
A few highlights beyond the beauty of the land include Soda Creek rapids and many sandy beach locations where we will stop to learn, explore and reconnect. We will pass through the shared territories of the Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) and Secwepemc(Shuswap) Indigenous tribes while on this tour, but will see very few people while on this journey. We will pass by the old Paddle Wheel Terminus in the old town of Soda Creek before descending the exciting rapids of Soda Creek and later pass under BC’s only privately owned bridge. We will hear the tale of a Russian Miner who mysteriously disappeared and left remnants of his life on a tiny Island in the river.
After passing through canyons, running through a few more fun rapids and visiting a few cultural sites, including pictographs, fishing sites and ancient homesteads before stopping at our evening camp at Riske Creek. We will set up our tents, enjoy a delicious meal and enjoy the evening around the fire listening to stories and getting to know each other. Throughout the trip we will be teaching about flora and fauna, plant identification and food gathering techniques/uses.
With smells of big sagebrush and sounds of the river, we prepare for the day with a delicious Chilcotin breakfast.
Today we will make our way downriver towards Churn Creek. We will keep our eyes open for Bighorn Sheep, Eagles and other wildlife while we listen to the colorful history of the area. Highlights for today include Iron Canyon, viewing petroglyphs, old village sites and remnants left over from the gold rush. We will stop at the Chilcotin River confluence for lunch. Your guide will share some stories of Simon Fraser’s history and hike up the Chilcotin River or check out an old arrowhead chipping station used by the Tsilqoti
Camp will be around Churn Creek area. We can relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of the river or go for a hike to get the ultimate view over the Fraser River while we are waiting for our riverside dinner to be prepared. The evening will be spent trying out some sturgeon fishing and learning the importance of these prehistoric creatures. Throughout the trip we will be teaching about flora and fauna, plant identification and food gathering techniques/uses.
Today will be another adventure filled day, we may choose to hike to the ‘Cathedrals’, a colossal wall of rock pillars, formed 200 million years ago. This is an extraordinary location for photography. Very few people have ever been there and the landscape is absolutely dramatic.
For those who prefer to stay near the beach, guides can provide us with an opportunity when we catch and release a sturgeon. The sturgeon is a good indication of the health of a river. These prehistoric fish have been known to reach 1800 lbs. in weight. We can also try our hand at gold panning or rock hunting, the Fraser River has many unique rocks green jade being the most popular find.
Supper and evening activities will round out this exciting day.
After another hearty riverside breakfast we are back on the river to experience and photograph more canyon splendor.
Highlights include French Bar Canyon, Big Bar Canyon and Chisholm Canyon where there is a reaction ferry still in operation. All of these canyons have ancient Native fishing sites that we may stop at to photograph dip-net fishing Native style. It’s always a treat to cook up a wild salmon fresh out of the river!
Throughout the trip we will be teaching about flora and fauna, plant identification and food gathering techniques/uses.
Traditional style meal to honor the trip and the people who experienced this mighty river. The night sky will also present a great opportunity for star gazers.
This is day 5 of our historic journey together on this wild and magnificent Fraser River. We will run a few exciting rapids and pass through the stunning and rugged Moran Canyon. After a few stops to photograph historical sites, we will prepare ourselves for entry back into civilization. We will have our final lunch together before your shuttle comes to meet us for your trip back to Williams Lake.
If time allows, we will make a stop at Lillooet “Mile 0 for the Gold Rush”, visit the museum and enjoy an ice cream before the drive back to Williams Lake.
Reviewed by Larry Citra
This was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on!!!
Doug and Charlene thought of everything to make this a great adventure. Everything from the expert boat handling on a very powerful river to the wonderful meals courtesy of our chef who was perfect to say the least.
If you are interested in photography and an adventure, or just an adventure, I would highly recommend this trip. The sights you will see on this trip are more than awesome!!!
“”A very spiritual journey””
My 5 day tour down the Fraser with Doug Green at the helm was beyond my wildest dreams. Photographer Chris Harris showed us how to “see” the river, in the always changing light. The imagery, the stories, and the food were second to none.
Visited August 2012
Starting point: Williams Lake
Finishing Point: Williams Lake
- Transfers from Williams Lake to Soda Creek in passenger van
- All meals on river /guides
- River Safety equipment and lounge chairs
- Transfers from Lillooet to Williams Lake in passenger Van
We recommend reserving your trip well in advance.
A 50% deposit with your reservation is required to confirm your reservation.
We recommend reserving your trip well in advance.Please contact us by email or telephone for the registration form. Once registration has been received with a 50% deposit by cheque, Visa or Mastercard your trip will be confirmed. The balance will be due 30 days prior to departure. If you wish to join us on short notice, please call us to see if space is available. For reservations or more information regarding this adventure, call 1-877-748-8687, fax 1-250-659-5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org