Thompson River Naturalist Outing

 

Top 5 Reasons to Go

1. Explore the river’s ecosystem
2. Learn from expert naturalists
3. Identify desert flora & fauna
4. Spot a diversity of birds
5. Marvel at the river’s geological features

 

 

 

Don MacGregor

Don MacGregor’s Slideshow

Have a look at the 3 minute slideshow of beautiful photographs taken on a naturalist trip by professional photographer Don MacGregor.

Day 1. Float Trips Ashcroft to Spences Bridge 

Using large, pontoon platform rafts perfect for all ages, the first day of  Kumsheen’s Naturalist Outing introduces you to the natural environment between Ashcroft and Spences Bridge. More than sixty species of birds, a wide array of mammals, reptiles and insects, and a myriad of desert plants are concentrated along the river.

3-Flowering Death Camus (tall plant)

Day 2. Float Trip & Whitewater, Spences Bridge to Lytton

This river section is what has made the Thompson River famous.  We discover the geology, flora and fauna, and learn the natural history along the valley and river corridor. The last 16 km we get immersed in the best whitewater along the river from the safety of our large pontoon rafts.

60+ Bird Species

The birding component is a highlight. More than sixty species have been identified along the river corridor, and your heart will soar when a golden eagle lifts off the cliff at 150-million-year-old Black Canyon or an osprey dives into the Thompson, emerging with a rainbow trout in its talons.

Forty years ago, only one nesting pair of osprey lived along the Thompson. The original nest has collapsed, but dozens of their offspring now inhabit the treetops between Ashcroft and Lytton.

Birding

Pukaist Village & Huge Talus Slope

There was once a large First Nations village of at least 800 people near a long talus slope on the Thompson River. Their burial ground was at the base of the slope that is now home to a collection of mammals, birds and reptiles.

Desert Getaway

Explore the Thompson By Raft

A unique feature of this natural history tour is the exhilarating experience of travelling a breathtaking river by raft. You’ll find it both energizing and stimulating – smiles and laughter are guaranteed. Plus, rafting the river opens up possibilities for us to explore areas that otherwise are nearly impossible to access.

Pool - Panoramic - Version 2

Your Home Base

In the evenings and early mornings, when you are not on the river or exploring a side canyon, you have all the amenities of the Kumsheen Rafting Resort at your disposal. We feast on gourmet French cuisine in the Cutting Board Restaurant, recharge in a Teepee or themed Canvas Cabin, and relax around the pool or hot tub.

Rick Howie

Meet This Year’s Leaders

Balsam

The Details.

 

 

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There's Nothing Dry About Rafting
"Truly one of the most beautiful places in BC"
"All smiles for a paddlers 'High-five'"
Hanging on after a wild ride in the 'Devil's Kitchen' rapid
Classic Thompson River beauty
White Canyon with KUMSHEEN Rafting Resort amongst the pines
Braden and his crew in the 'Devil's Gorge'
Our Canvas Cabins offer a unique accommodation experience, in a truly remarkable setting
Mary enjoying a tough day at the office
From one raft to 40, KUMSHEEN has one of the largest fleets in western Canada
Another big ride in 'The Devil's Kitchen' rapid
Rest well in KUMSHEEN's Aninishinabe style Teepees
KUMSHEEN offers spectacular day-trips through the Fraser's Hell's Gate rapid
This is the land of tall mountains, and deep valleys
A KUMSHEEN power raft smashing through a wave at 'The Frog'
The Thompson's White Canyon is one of the most scenic areas in the BC interior
The 'Witches Hat' wave covers a KUMSHEEN paddle raft
Balsam root flourish throughout KUMSHEEN's private acreage
KUMSHEEN takes pride in having BC's most experienced guides
Big volume, big waves, and warm water are a Thompson River trademark
Power rafts offer HUGE rides and huge safety
Our bow rider being hit by a wall of water