Compare Our Rivers

 A River Guide and What You Need to Know

What Separates REO from other Rafting Operators?


REO Rafting is a small, family-run business dedicated to providing amazing outdoor adventures. We operate on a large variety of rivers in BC to ensure everyone experiences the best whitewater rafting available. We encourage all of our potential customers to take the time to research BC's rivers and operators' safety records & standards to find the best experience for you, whether you are a first-time rafter or an experienced whitewater enthusiast. 

Below is a guide to help you with your decision.


Our River Rafting Difficulty Scale: From Easy To Extreme

We compared our river rafting difficulty scale to a ski mountain's ratings for easy reference.
  • Class 1: Easy, moving current requiring little manoeuvring [BUNNY HILL]
  • Class 2: Easy, some sections with waves or rocks, manoeuvring required [GROOMED CAT TRACK]
  • Class 3: Whitewater, small /medium waves, requires manoeuvring to avoid hazards [GREEN /BLUE]
  • Class 4: Steeper, sections of continuous whitewater, multiple hazards, medium to large waves, requires sharp manoeuvring [BLUE/BLACK DIAMOND]
  • Class 5: Extreme and violent drops, very steep gradient, severe hazards, very strong and precise manoeuvring required [DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND]
 

 
 

REO's Rivers with Rapids from Mild to Wild (Class 1 to Class 5)


Nahatlatch Lakes

Scenic Class 1 float trip on the jade-green lakes that feed the Nahatlatch River

 

 Fraser River

Scenic rafting float trip with Class 1 & 2 rapids 
 

 

 Green River Canyon

Glacial water Class 2 & easy Class 3 rapids
(starts below Nairn Falls)
 
 

 Nicola River

Continuous Class 2 - 3 rapids, best in May

 

 Coquihalla River

Small, steep river with continuous 
Class 3 rapids
 
 
 

 Thompson River

Large volume river with Class 2 - 4 rapids

 

  Nahatlatch River ppp

Class 3, 4 & 4+ rapids, our favourite and most popular run

 

Stein River

Class 5, the steepest river that is commercially rafted in Canada

 
The main rivers we run are the Nahatlatch, Fraser, and Thompson.

If conditions on these rivers are not favourable, we may raft on one of the other rivers listed above to guarantee an amazing rafting adventure.

 

The Best Time to Raft Our Rivers

 
May
 
Nahatlatch River Rafting

Medium-High water level
Thrilling adventure
 
Nahatlatch Lake Float Trip
Medium water level
Fun, scenic adventure
Great for ages 4 and up
 
Early-Mid June
 
Nahatlatch River Rafting
High water level
Thrilling adventure
Great for ages 14 and up
 
Nahatlatch Lake Float Trip
Medium water level
Fun, scenic adventure
Great for ages 4 and up
 
Mid-Late June
 
Nahatlatch River Rafting
Medium water level
Exciting adventure
Great for ages 12 and up

Nahatlatch Lake Float Trip
Medium water level
Fun, scenic adventure
Great for ages 4 and up 
 
Early July
 
Nahatlatch River Rafting
Medium water level
Exciting adventure
Great for ages 10 and up
 
Nahatlatch Lake Float Trip
Medium water level
Fun, scenic adventure
Great for ages 4 and up
 
 
Mid-Late July
 
Nahatlatch River Rafting
 Medium-Low water level
Fun adventure
Great for ages 8 and up

Fraser River Float Trip
 Medium-Low water level
Fun, scenic adventure
Great for ages 5 and up
 
Early August
 
Nahatlatch River Rafting
 Low water level
Fun Adventure
Rock bumps and spins

Fraser River Float Trip
 Medium-Low water level
Fun, scenic adventure
Great for ages 5 and up
 
 
Mid-Late August
 
Thompson River Rafting
High water level
Exciting adventure
Great for ages 12 and up

Nahatlatch River Tubing
Exciting adventure
Great for ages 12 and up
Good swimming ability

Fraser River Float Trip

Medium-Low water level
Fun, scenic adventure
Great for ages 5 and up
 
September
 
 
Thompson River Rafting
Medium-High water level
Exciting adventure
Great for ages 12 and up

Nahatlatch River Tubing
Exciting adventure
Great for ages 12 and up
Good swimming ability

Fraser River Float Trip
Medium-Low water level
Fun, scenic adventure
Great for ages 5 and up
 

Any questions on the best time to come? Email Bookings

 

 

Choosing The Right River

  • Choosing a professionally managed and operated company with high safety standards should be your number one priority when booking a rafting adventure, regardless of the difficulty level. Many factors affect a river's difficulty rating and the inherent risks to paddlers. Water levels can change dramatically. Rivers that rise quickly due to rain or hot weather can pose greater risks.
  • Hazards/obstacles can change unexpectedly. Trees and other debris can create new obstacles. Also, cold water immersion is a hazard and it is important to provide sufficient gear for the elements. 
  • Judgment and experience of the trip leaders. Regardless of the guides skill level, trip leaders must make judgment calls and decisions about whether or not to run a river section when water levels or hazards have changed. They must take the skill level and/or ages of the guests into account.