River Rafting in the Fraser Canyon with REO Rafting

Comments 143 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Although the tumultuous waters of the Fraser Canyon have instilled fear inside me since I was a child peering over the cliffs at Hell’s Gate, I’ve always been curious about the river rafting experience. On a daily basis I get offers to run contests on my site but this is probably one of the most unique. REO Rafting Resort approached me about setting up a contest to give away a river rafting experience to one lucky reader and their guest. Despite my own fears, everyone I’ve talked to says it’s the experience of a lifetime.

Photo credit: Jenny Lee Silver on Flickr

The day trip prize pack has a value of $296 ($148 each) and here’s what will be included:

  • 1 Whitewater rafting trip
  • A resort style buffet lunch
  • professionally shot photo CD of your trip
  • River snacks
  • Free full body wetsuit, booties, and all of your equipment
  • Full use of the resort amenities (which includes a hot tub, beach volleyball, rivers edge beach, campfire, hiking trails, etc.)
  • Like my Fraserview Golf contest, I’m running this in time for Father’s Day in case this is an activity you’d like to do with your dad. On Father’s Day REO Rafting is also offering up a special $98 rafting trip (not including lunch & access to the resort).

    I found a blog post by our friend Tanya from 2007 where she wrote about her experience with REO. “We had a terrific time — Your crew this year were fabulous, the resort is an awesome place to camp and kick back, and the experience on the water was incredible! I’ve never seen the water levels so high… In fact, I almost lost my contact lenses twice during our run because of the intensity! Tana, our guide, was fantastic, too! Two thumbs up, Reo!”

    The rafting trips are 4 hours long and there will be small pit stop breaks for snacks and nourishment before continuing on. You will also be responsible for finding your way there, which could take about 2.5 hours from Vancouver to Boston Bar up Highway 1. However, they also offer multi-night trips in case the contest winner would like to upgrade to an overnight package. They have tents and cabins available.

    Here’s how to enter to win this rafting experience:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Share this on Facebook & leave a comment to confirm (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Win a river rafting excursion in the Fraser Canyon from @REOrafting & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/1VmzY

    I will draw the winner at 9:00am June 16, 2010.

    Update June 16, 2010 I have just drawn the winner and it is Lori. Congratulations and have a blast!

    143 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. MichaelMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:41pm PDT

      Awesome! *crosses fingers*

    2. coleMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:43pm PDT

      Sure! I’ll risk my life river rafting once! Let’s do’er up!

    3. LauraMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:44pm PDT

      Great contest and a great weekend trip idea!

    4. SandyMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:45pm PDT

      Oh HELLS yeah!

    5. DevlonMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:46pm PDT

      Ooh, that looks like too much fun

    6. BrianMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:48pm PDT

      This would be fantastic. I’m going to share this contest with all my friends. Here’s hoping one of them will win and get the thrill of a lifetime. Cheers,

    7. DilaraMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:53pm PDT

      What a great contest! I’ve been itching to go river rafting!!

    8. GladysMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:53pm PDT

      Sounds like an amazing experience to share with my Dad for Father’s Day.

    9. Julie FergusonMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:55pm PDT

      Fabulous prize and what an exciting way to ramp up the summer! *fingers crossed*

    10. Stv.Monday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:55pm PDT

      Oooh…rafting prize. Sweet!

    11. KanaMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:57pm PDT

      I’ve learned in Swiss & it was so much fun! luv to do it again!

    12. Jessica AdamsonMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 4:58pm PDT

      Sounds awesome!

    13. Amanda RMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 5:00pm PDT

      wow – I would be scared but I’d like to try it! Enter me

    14. MaseyMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 5:03pm PDT

      This has actually been on my Summer hit list for something like 3 years now. Went rafting in Quebec which was a real disappointment… so hoping BC can turn it on!

    15. TeresaMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 5:05pm PDT

      white water rafting is such a must-do in BC. Hopefully the weather holds up!

    16. TylerMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 5:07pm PDT

      Oh rafting is fun! We did it in Costa Rica, wonder how the Fraser would rate compared!

    17. DianeMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 5:08pm PDT

      My husband would love to go rafting… maybe I’ll get over my fear from last time…

    18. Tara CieckoMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 5:10pm PDT

      Never been, but it is on our bucket list 🙂

    19. Monica (aka monnibo)Monday, June 7th, 2010 — 5:26pm PDT

      Such an awesome contest. I’d love to take my boyfriend because he isn’t from Canada and they don’t have this kinda thing in England. Thanks Rebecca!

    20. DeeMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 5:57pm PDT

      That looks like so much fun!

    21. [email protected]Monday, June 7th, 2010 — 7:23pm PDT

      Looks fantastic! I’d love to do this – and take my husband along.

    22. JamesMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 7:57pm PDT

      Lets all go…

    23. IsabelMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 9:04pm PDT

      I would loooove to go! Been on my list for so long!

    24. GladysMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 9:27pm PDT

      Wow, great contest!

    25. HollyMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 9:46pm PDT

      What a great trip this would be!

    26. SGPMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 9:53pm PDT

      I love British Columbia summers!

    27. WendyMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 10:24pm PDT

      Visited REO twice about 10+ years ago and it was one of the most memorable experiences… amazing. Would love to get my butt in gear and experience it again!

    28. RBMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 11:32pm PDT

      looks cool.

    29. MicaelaMonday, June 7th, 2010 — 11:37pm PDT

      Sounds like fun!!

    30. TriciaTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 1:02am PDT

      me me me!

    31. JoeyTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 1:15am PDT

      sounds like a great trip!!

    32. Sandra HoTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 1:49am PDT

      always wanted to try river rafting!

    33. JimmyTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 2:38am PDT

      Putting my name into the hat!

    34. Nathan TippeTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 8:46am PDT

      Awesome contest – went in high school and would love to check it out again!

    35. ChristineTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 8:59am PDT

      I’m new to BC and would live to try it out!

    36. HeatherTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 9:16am PDT


    37. DanielleTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 9:45am PDT

      great contest! crossing my fingers and hoping i win!

    38. DanielleTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 9:46am PDT

      just shared this on facebook as well! =)

    39. FMCTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:19am PDT

      Such an awesome giveaway. I have wanted to go rafting for some time now.

    40. FMCTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:22am PDT

      I shared on facebook…and tweeted…

    41. MaggieTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:27am PDT

      I last went river rafting in Ottawa when I lived in Ontario – SO MUCH FUN! I wanna go again!

    42. HeatherTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:29am PDT

      soooooooooooooooooooo want to win this!!

    43. CarrieTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:30am PDT

      My first river rafting experience was with REO and they are AWESOME! I would love to go on another trip with them

    44. AmyTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:31am PDT

      I LOVE white water rafting and REO is the best!!! Would love winning this!! thanks for poting such a great contest!

    45. TomaszTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:36am PDT

      River rafting has been on my things to do but haven’t done it yet. Wish everyone luck but hope I win! lol

    46. amfriesenTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:45am PDT

      if i wasn’t forced to go via a friend or free then i’d probably pass as i’m not sure how glasses would work with the waves and wind; i’d like to try though, i hope there isn’t a weight restriction as my hubby is large

    47. RanelleTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:48am PDT

      This would be awesome! Looks like a great time.

    48. Justinne R.Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:51am PDT

      I have always wanted to go river rafting and this is actually one of my goals this summer! This would be a great birthday gift for me, and I am so excited =) I hope I win this prize!!!

    49. findmaster marketingTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 10:56am PDT

      I am in!. 🙂

    50. marcmcphersonTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:00am PDT

      I did the REO trip many years ago. It was a super trip. Lots of fun, a really picturesque stop. The CD they provide is pretty great as well.

    51. LoriTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:03am PDT

      Would love to bring hubby for Father’s Day – we haven’t gone rafting for about 5 years now. Been to REO before and they’re awesome.

    52. AlisonTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:15am PDT

      Sounds like an amazing adventure!

    53. Rebecca TroelstraTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:24am PDT

      Choose me!

    54. TracyTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:47am PDT

      I’m turning 50 this summer so would like to start off the celebration and go rafting. Pick me please!

    55. Kye GraceTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:51am PDT

      Who doesn’t want a day on the river?

    56. HarmonyTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:52am PDT

      I am in!

    57. KarenTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:56am PDT

      Oh my goodness, I would LOVE to win this one!

    58. BrandieTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 12:02pm PDT

      Wow – have always wanted to do that! Sounds like a blast!!!

    59. CameronTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 12:28pm PDT

      I would really love this one!

    60. LiamTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 1:21pm PDT

      Wow, wow and wow. Fun times! Starting to pray….NOW!

    61. RebeccaTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 2:08pm PDT

      This would be awesome. Love it!

    62. JanTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 2:10pm PDT

      Hope I don’t go ‘overboard’ with the entries.

    63. RachelTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 2:12pm PDT

      Sounds awesome, I’ve never been river rafting!

    64. AngieTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 2:52pm PDT

      I have actually never been up there!

    65. CalTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 3:01pm PDT

      Wow!! this looks great

    66. t kingTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 3:06pm PDT

      this would be wicked!

    67. JennTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 3:16pm PDT

      I’ve always wanted to go river rafting!

    68. ErinTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 4:02pm PDT

      Have lived in Vancouver for two years now. I keep saying that I must white water raft. Win or lose this year has to be the year.

    69. JeanieTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 4:51pm PDT

      Way too cool!!

    70. TracyTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 5:44pm PDT

      That sounds so fun! Never been before and would love to go.

    71. TeresaTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 6:36pm PDT

      Looks like a good time!

    72. LindaTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 8:03pm PDT

      River rafting- on my list of things to try. Sounds awesome!

    73. KatieTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:09pm PDT

      I absolutely love river rafting and I am excited to check this trip out.

    74. a pandaTuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 11:16pm PDT

      thank you =D

    75. KrstinaWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 6:48am PDT

      I haven’t gone river rafting in years! It is so much fun. I would definitely love to win this.

    76. FawnWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 7:55am PDT

      Wow, this is a totally fun prize!

    77. CeciWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 12:33pm PDT

      Awesome, would love to win this!

    78. LanaWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 2:03pm PDT

      Sounds scary but fun…

    79. scalesWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 2:18pm PDT

      I love rafting, and body rafting!

      I’d love to win so I can video record the adventure with helmet cam .. I think your readers would love that 😉

    80. Gloria DekkerWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 2:29pm PDT

      Nature can make life so EXCITING!!!
      What and adventure that is. I would use attached a video cmaera to me so my students could enjoy the ride too!

    81. scribecalledsteffWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 2:36pm PDT

      Yep. I’d like to do that. Sign me up. 🙂

    82. MariskaWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 3:11pm PDT

      Never river rafted before, sounds like an awesome trip to get me started and an amazing photography opportunity as well! Super fun!! 🙂

    83. DilaraWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 3:48pm PDT

      Just FYI… I shared on facebook & retweeted 🙂

    84. ShivaniWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 3:59pm PDT

      This sounds amazing, I hope I win!

    85. Zoe ChartersWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 8:44pm PDT

      pick me pick me!

    86. LiliaWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 9:40pm PDT

      Pick me! I never been river rafting, but would love to try!
      I also posted it on my facebook page:)

    87. BethWednesday, June 9th, 2010 — 10:32pm PDT

      Sounds like fun!

    88. jerielThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 1:43am PDT

      fun filled articles you have with fun filled freebies up for grabs! not to mention, the awesome combo of you & your hubby’s passion. really happy to see it!

    89. Veronica HeringerThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 10:23am PDT

      Please, pick me!

    90. MargaretThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 11:26am PDT

      Wow! what an awesome contest – the winner is sure to have an amazing time. I hope it’s me….

    91. LaureenThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 11:44am PDT

      This river rafting trip sounds fun!!

    92. JodiThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 12:19pm PDT

      I’ve rafted with REO before. It’s a great time!

    93. ChelseaThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 12:23pm PDT

      Reo rafting is the best I’ve ever been to!!

    94. AmberThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 12:24pm PDT

      Would love to win a rafting adventure!!

    95. BabsThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 1:46pm PDT

      would love to take my son for grad

    96. StefanThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 1:55pm PDT

      Once rafted down the Nile in Uganda. Would love to give this a go.

    97. KarenThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 2:59pm PDT

      This sounds amazing! I’d love to win it.

    98. LBThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 3:21pm PDT

      looks intense!

    99. VanessaThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 6:22pm PDT

      I loved rafting when I went the first time last year! Would LOVE to go again!

    100. DavidThursday, June 10th, 2010 — 7:58pm PDT

      Just drove down the Canyon this weekend, looking longingly at the River Rafting billboards. Consider this an entry in the contest.

    101. CadiFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 9:51am PDT

      This is a must do more than once in your life! Bring it on!

    102. CadiFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 9:53am PDT

      posted to facebook profile too 🙂

    103. TylerFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 10:20am PDT

      Never been before but would love to go.

    104. MirandaFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 12:53pm PDT

      LOVE river rafting!

    105. TinaFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 12:54pm PDT

      I went for the very first time last year; it was a blast!

    106. Anny ChihFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 3:49pm PDT

      Dropping my name in the hat! 🙂 I’d love to try a Class 4 (only done 2 & 3).

    107. CassieFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 4:08pm PDT

      Would love to take my boyfriend who hasn’t gone before.

    108. Stephanie SFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 4:16pm PDT

      I’ve done this exacpt trip (but overnight) when I was 16 and I actually have a laminated picture of me on a crazy rapid on my fridge. I’d love to share this experience with my husband who has never done this!

    109. Ryan MFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 4:32pm PDT

      Rafting is incredible 🙂

    110. LauraFriday, June 11th, 2010 — 5:08pm PDT

      I’ve been dying to go since some of my friends have been gushing about how much fun it is!

    111. ChrisSaturday, June 12th, 2010 — 8:47am PDT

      Sounds like a great experience.

    112. CarlySaturday, June 12th, 2010 — 5:53pm PDT

      What an awesome prize!!

    113. SamaahSaturday, June 12th, 2010 — 7:52pm PDT

      there are few things in life better then rafting, and few places on earth better than BC.

    114. JaniceSunday, June 13th, 2010 — 3:55pm PDT

      Super experience!

    115. NicoleSunday, June 13th, 2010 — 8:47pm PDT

      omg please enter me! that’s awesome!

    116. KelliSunday, June 13th, 2010 — 9:43pm PDT

      Last time I went rafting, the water was calm and we didn’t even flip once. This seems like it would rock!!

    117. AngieMonday, June 14th, 2010 — 10:53am PDT

      I would love to try this out! Looks like too much fun!

    118. AliMonday, June 14th, 2010 — 1:33pm PDT

      The mister would owe me big time for this one!

    119. TanisTuesday, June 15th, 2010 — 8:17am PDT

      I would love to win, thank you very much!

    120. NathanTuesday, June 15th, 2010 — 8:18am PDT

      Good luck to me.

    121. AliceTuesday, June 15th, 2010 — 8:23am PDT

      Thanks; great idea! Scary, exciting, why not???

    122. BarryTuesday, June 15th, 2010 — 8:24am PDT

      I haven’t been yet! Tanya talks about her experience all the time! Hope I win!! Thanks for a great contest!

    123. JenTuesday, June 15th, 2010 — 10:06am PDT


    124. JamieTuesday, June 15th, 2010 — 10:07am PDT


    125. SiobhanTuesday, June 15th, 2010 — 10:19am PDT

      Sounds like fun! Scary… but fun!

    126. JohnathanTuesday, June 15th, 2010 — 1:10pm PDT

      My friend and I totally want to plan a trip 🙂

    127. KateTuesday, June 15th, 2010 — 4:38pm PDT

      Pick me Pick me!!

    128. ckloWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:02am PDT

      That’s wild!

    129. ariaWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:03am PDT

      Looks scary.

    130. aloWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:05am PDT

      Didn’t know we have this in BC.

    131. peteWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:06am PDT


    132. roseWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:07am PDT

      What an experience that would be!

    133. yingWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:08am PDT

      That looks exciting.

    134. PLOWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:10am PDT

      I would love it.

    135. ariWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:11am PDT

      What fun.

    136. PeterWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:14am PDT

      Wow. Looks exciting.

    137. ayloWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 1:16am PDT

      Wow. Looks exciting.

    138. WesWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 9:52am PDT

      I am so into this! I went twice last summer in Ontario. Years ago, we did it for my brothers stag party instead of going out and getting drunk.

    139. TracyWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 9:52am PDT

      pick me!!

    140. ToreyWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 9:58am PDT

      Sounds like an amazing trip!!!

    141. Darcie MainesWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 10:03am PDT

      Am I too late? I want to win!!! Sounds like an adventure!

    142. CalebWednesday, June 16th, 2010 — 11:10am PDT

      I’d love to go river rafting!

    143. LoriThursday, June 17th, 2010 — 10:02am PDT

      Yay! Thanks so much – can’t wait to go.

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