White-water rafting developed as a sport in the '60s and '70s, qualifying as an Olympic event in 1972. Since then, white-water rafting tours have sprung up across North America. These tours are offered by companies devoted to ensuring a safe and exciting ride; they provide the equipment and experienced guides to make a rafting adventure successful. In Lytton, British Columbia, there is only one company that offers accredited white-water rafting tours.
Kumsheen Rafting Resort (kumsheen.com) operates a campground and offers rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking in addition to white-water rafting day trips and multi-day excursions. Since its inception, Kumsheen has had over 250,000 guests, ranging in age from 7 to 93. It has been in operation for over three decades.
For guests looking to spend only one day in a raft, Kumsheen offers three different opportunities on either the Fraser or Thompson rivers. More hard-core rafting enthusiasts can choose from six different two-day excursions, some of which combine an activity such as kayaking or biking with the rafting ride. Kumsheen operates two different kinds of white-water rafts, either powered by paddles or with a motor.
The campground at Kumsheen has sites with electric hookup if desired. Kumsheen also offers Anishinabe-style tepees for a more memorable stay, which can accommodate up to four guests. Canvas cabins furnished with antique furniture and a wooden floor are also available for those who want a less rustic stay. The resort also operates a pool and spa and a licensed restaurant called The Cutting Board.
Kumsheen also offers a rafting guide school for students interested in learning how to work as commercial rafting guides. Graduates of this 12-day program have gone on to become guides across the world, including in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Japan. During the program, students work with top-line equipment and train with experienced instructors, focusing on topics such as river safety and boat control. Participants must be at least 18-years-old.
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