Alpine Rafting will be offering stand-up paddleboard tours this year. The evening tour will take paddlers through town.

Alpine Rafting celebrates 30 years as 2014 season opens up

Rafting season is right around the corner for Golden’s three whitewater tour operators.

It might not have felt like it on Sunday when wet, slushy snow was pouring down from the skies, but rafting season is right around the corner for Golden’s three whitewater tour operators, Alpine Rafting, Glacier Raft Company and Wet ‘N’ Wild Adventures.

This year, Alpine Rafting is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the local tour operator will have a slightly new look to it this season.

Renovations are ongoing at Alpine’s lodge next to the British Columbia Visitor’s Centre and the new-look centre will have brand-new flooring and a small cafe with grab and go food when the renos are complete.

The company will also be offering stand-up paddleboard excursions, with both a morning tour and an early evening tour on offer for the fast-growing recreational activity. The evening tour will be particularly visible for Goldenites, as it will run along the Kicking Horse River through town, starting from past the municipal campground and ending at the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers. The morning tour will start on the Beaver River further east before eventually joining up with the Kicking Horse.

Of course, whitewater rafting remains the bread and butter activity along the Kicking Horse River, bringing in around 20,000 rafters every year to experience Western Canada’s biggest rapids. However, it’s the consistency of the experience that makes this river particularly attractive for the adventurous.

“The Kicking Horse has great water levels all summer long,” said Val Pleym, co-owner of Alpine Rafting. “In springtime, the rapids are great because of snow melt. Then, once things warm up and Yoho glacier melts, the rapids are the result of glacial melt.”

Pleym has seen plenty of changes in the industry in both the equipment and participants involved since her husband bought the company in 1995.

“I’ve seen major improvement in the quality of the gear and the rafts which allows people to enjoy the sport more,” Pleym said. “I’ve also seen a big increase in the different walks of life that come rafting. We’re getting different ethnicites and age groups that you wouldn’t normally think would come rafting.”

Daily rafting tours will start up on May 17 and continue until mid-September. Discounts for locals are available.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke, set to reopen at 7:30 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near the west entrance to… Continue reading

Avalanche control scheduled today on Highway 1 east and west of Revelstoke

Avalanche control work is scheduled today for two different locations along Highway… Continue reading

Golden Rockets win one on the road

The Golden Rockets faced off against the Creston Valley Thundercats on the… Continue reading

Golden’s cannabis zoning public hearing closes without fuss

The Town of Golden hosted a public hearing to introduce cannabis retail… Continue reading

Golden’s francophone school zoning amendment public hearing comes to a close

Members of the public attended the town council meeting on December 4… Continue reading

Cannabis gift ideas for this holiday season

Put the green in happy holidays, now that cannabis is legal in Canada

Woman forcibly confined, sexually assaulted between Creston and Cranbrook

The suspect forced the woman into her vehicle before driving along Highway 3

‘I thought I was dead as soon as I saw the gun’

Keremeos gas station attendant tells story about man with gun coming to store

‘People talk about deep sadness:’ Scientists study climate change grief

Some call it environmental grief, some call it solastalgia — a word coined for a feeling of homesickness when home changes around you.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes.

Senate delays start of sittings in new home, delaying start of broadcasts

The Senate and House of Commons are moving into temporary homes for the next decade as a result of long-planned and badly needed renovations to the Centre Block.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

EU leaders gather for a two-day summit, beginning Thursday, which will center on the Brexit negotiations.

French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

Local authorities increase death toll to three, including 13 wounded and five in serious condition

BCHL’ers blanked by Russia at World Junior A Challenge

Canada West loses battle of the unbeaten teams in the preliminary round

Most Read