• RAPIDS: 40


  • DURATION: 2Days


  • COST: 499

Geology and Nature Weekend

Thompson River, Two Days & Nights

Top 7 Reasons to Go…

  • Soaring raptors, bighorn sheep, deer & more are often along the river.
  • See spectacular grasslands, & enjoy lunch in 150 million-year-old Black Canyon
  • Stunning photo-ops, including an abandoned pioneer church
  • Explore the river with fun-loving experts
  • Rub wet shoulders with the birds & the bees…
  • Learn how whitewater & geology interact
  • Win a memorable, signed copy of  Bernie & Doug’s 1984 “Rafting in BC” **

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Everything, from the clean facilities to the smile on the staff member faces, the friendly & professional service, fantastic meals, and then the “out of this world” rafting experience, was all first class and better.
John P. – Abbotsford BC
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Don MacGregor’s Slideshow

Take 3 minutes and check out this excursion through the lens of a professional photographer. Stunning.


Day 1. Black Canyon extravaganza!
Ashcroft to Spences Bridge – 39 km

Our large pontoon-platform rafts (perfect for all ages) float you between Ashcroft and Spences Bridge. This is the most luxurious way to engage with the river and its environs. See geological marvels, 60 species of birds, unique river fauna, and magnificent cliffs and river geography.
Late in the afternoon we arrive at Spences Bridge and are bused back to the Kumsheen Resort for our overnight stay.

Day 2. Spences Bridge to Lytton – 39 km

Imagine a slide so massive that the legendary Thompson actually flowed backwards! We examine Mud Lake and the Drynoch slide before stopping for an elaborate luncheon at historic Nicomen River Falls.  The discovery of gold here in 1856 was the catalyst for the most famous Gold Rush in B.C. The river geology and river gradient both change dramatically from here to Lytton creating spectacular scenery and the most famous whitewater along the Thompson.


60+ Bird Species

More than sixty species of birds have been identified along the river corridor. 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 squirming rainbow trout in its talons.

Pukaist Village & Huge Talus Slope

The Pukhaist First Nations Village of 800 residents lived near this dramatic talus slope for thousands of years. Their burials usually took place at the base of the slope that now caters to a unique assortment of mammals, birds, and reptiles.

The Best Way to Discover this River

The exhilaration of discovering the majestic Thompson from the luxury of a spacious raft is unbeatable. Smiles, laughter, and lots of “Oh I didn’t know that” are included in the trip. Plus, the river allows us to explore areas that otherwise are nearly impossible to access.

Your Home Base

In the evenings and early mornings, when you are not on the river or exploring a side canyon, you can experience all the amenities offered at the famous Kumsheen Rafting Resort. We feast on gourmet cuisine in the Cutting Board Restaurant. You have the option to bring your RV or recharge in a unique Teepee or themed Canvas Cabin, and enjoy Canada’s premier rafting resort.

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The Details

What’s Included:

Meals – 2 Dinners, 2 Lunches, 2 Breakfasts.
Accommodation – *Includes 2 nights in an RV/campsite
Rafting – 2-Days Power Rafting float trip, Ashcroft to Lytton
Expert Instruction – Naturalist and geology expertise are provided by experts
Dates – TBD
Price – $499 per adult, $395 per youth

  • Upgrade to a Canvas Cabin or Teepee for $66.50 per person per night, double occupancy.


Geology and Nature Weekend – Ashcroft to Lytton

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With an impeccable safety record and over 200,000 satisfied visitors, making your way to the Kumsheen Resort could be one of the easiest decisions to make, but leaving could very well be the hardest.
‒ John Pigeon. Vancouver 24 Hours Magazine