Why Choose Apex?
Established in 1993, Apex Rafting is the longest running river rafting company in Revelstoke. With over 20 different rapids ranging from Class 1 to Class 4, you get serious splash for your buck with Apex Rafting. We’ll take you on a journey of up to 25km on one of British Columbia’s most stunning rivers.
Apex Rafting’s track record of commitment to customer care, safety, fun and adventure is unsurpassed. Book your Apex Rafting adventure today and let us show you our backyard.
Do I Need To Sign A Waiver?
Yes! If you are 19 and over, you can sign for yourself. If somebody in the group is under 19, a parent or guardian needs to sign on their behalf.
It is a requirement to sign a waiver prior to participating in our river rafting trip. By signing you acknowledge that you have read and understood the waiver.
Waivers will be filled out at check in on the day of your trip. You can also download and print the waiver for review (suggested for large groups and those under 19). Waivers are available in German on request.
How Old Must You Be To Raft?
The minimum requirement is 6 years old AND weigh 50lbs/23kgs.
General guidelines: Typically June/early July is our high water season. This is usually restricted to 14 years and older. Over July the water drops so 8-13 years are typical here. August and September the water is usually good for everyone. We can take right down to 6 years old AND 50lbs minimum.
Our minimum age varies with current river conditions. In high water levels the minimum age to raft is 14 years but as the summer progresses the river will gradually have less water and can be suitable for younger children. Unfortunately, water levels can change significantly, even overnight, due to extreme weather conditions. When booking a trip in advance we do our best by basing the minimum age on typical water levels for the date of your trip. There is always the possibility that we may have to raise the minimum age on the actual day of the trip if river conditions have changed enough to unreasonably compromise the safety of younger participants. If that happens there will be no charge for anyone in your party who no longer wishes to join the trip.
Rafters 18 and younger must have a parent or guardian co-sign wavier prior to raft departure.
Is There A Minimum Number of People Needed To Run Trip?
We require a 6 person minimum to run a trip however this does not need to be all from one group. Please feel free to book with any number of people and we’ll match numbers from other groups to meet the minimum per boat. You should book your trip as soon as you know when you want to go. Only book for the people that you are positive about as we have a 50% cancellation policy within two weeks of your rafting date, 100% for no-shows the day of the trip. It’s easy to add to your party with a phone call or email as your friends confirm their attendance.
When Should I Book?
To ensure space on the date of your choice, book as early as you can. Afternoons tend to fill up faster than morning trips and weekends fill faster than weekdays. Any of the long weekends of the summer are the busiest and can fill well in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment
What Is Your Cancellation/Refund Policy?
What Should I Wear?
Weather conditions vary from month to month however river attire generally does not. We provide you with a wetsuit, wetsuit socks, and a spray jacket. We also have fleece tops for cooler days.
For under the wetsuit: Wear a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt. Please try to avoid wearing cotton, as it tends to keep you cold once it gets wet.
For your feet: We supply wetsuit socks but you need shoes over top. A pair of running shoes or strap on sandals will work well, but they will get wet. We have a supply of “experienced rafting footwear” on hand for guests who want to keep their shoes dry or don’t have anything appropriate.
Do I Need Experience To Come Rafting?
Not at all, many of our rafters are first timers. Our guides will demonstrate proper paddle techniques and commands. You will have time to get comfortable in the raft and ask lots of questions.
Do I Need To Know How To Swim?
You don’t need to be a confident swimmer, but should be comfortable around water. All rafters are equipped with whitewater lifejackets chosen for their high floatation. Therefore, we do not require participants to know how to swim. Please inform your guide if you have any concerns regarding your swimming abilities so we can assist you to our fullest.
What Class Is The Illecillewaet River?
The Illecillewat is rated as Class III-IV whitewater. This is not a float. There will be waves, splashes and fun paddling. In low water later in the season the rating drops down to Class II-III. This allows us to take younger families and first timers.
How Are Rapids Rated?
Rapids are rated on a scale of 1–6. Class 1: fast moving water, Class 2: Splashy waves, Class 3: waves or holes big enough to swamp an open canoe, Class 4: numerous big waves or holes with obstacles to avoid, Class 5: Large chance of raft flipping, Class 6: un-navigable in any raft, not available commercially (Niagara Falls)!
The rapids which we navigate are rated at a Class 2 and 3 level.
What If It Rains?
Whitewater rafting is fun in any type of weather, provided you are properly dressed. We raft daily rain or shine, and you’ll get wet either way and still have a blast. We will do our best to get everything you wear on the river soaking wet, so bring a change of clothes for after your trip.
How Many People Are There Per Raft?
We use high-quality, 100% self-bailing rafts ranging form 14 feet to 16 feet that will comfortably carry 8-10 passengers. Depending on your raft size there is usually room for 7-9 guest paddlers and a non-paddling child plus your guide.
When Is The Best Time To Go?
It depends on the river and your personal preferences. The Illecillewaet River offers higher water levels, with fast-paced action from June through early July. As the water levels drop so does our minimum age. High water is usually restricted to around 14 years depending on conditions but the lower river levels of later July and August allow us to take more families with smaller children down to about 6 years old.
Will I Fall Out?
It is always possible, but the vast majority of our guests have managed to keep themselves in the raft, so your odds are pretty good that you’ll stay on board. There are ropes on every boat to hold onto if you feel unsteady or off balance. If you do fall out you are likely to stay very close to your raft and be hauled back in fairly quickly. Every guide has a rescue line to throw your way if you drift out of arms reach. The guides will also give more detailed safety instructions before the trip starts.
Is There A Place To Put My Valuables?
Absolutely! We have a change room that is kept locked from start to finish of your rafting adventure so it is a secure place to keep your phone, wallet, keys etc. while you are on the water.
Glasses can be worn at your own risk and should be fastened with a strap. Contact lenses are very rarely a problem and are worn by many professional guides.
Will I See Any Wildlife?
We will raft through an area that is home to many of the animals British Columbia is known for. There are a variety of animals that frequent the river valley, but there is also a lot of forest for the animals to hide from view. So although we can’t really guarantee you’ll see any of the larger animals that live here, it’s definitely a possibility. On this trip we will occasionally see black bear, moose, elk, deer, coyote, beaver, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle and many smaller animals and waterfowl.