Posted June 12, 2016 by Natasha Lees in City Guides

A Thrilling Family Rafting Adventure with an Executive Stay

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An Overview

If you are seeking an outdoor challenge and want to conquer the white waters of British Columbia, you shouldn’t miss out on a Canadian Outback Rafting adventure that will take you down the wild rapids of the Squamish and Elaho Rivers. Canadian Outback Rafting provides the perfect amount of wet n’ wild fun and adrenaline-pumping adventure for families, friends, corporate groups, sports teams, bachelor parties and more.

Thousands of people challenge themselves at white water rafting every year, and many of these thrill seekers head to Squamish to enjoy some of the top rafting experiences in British Columbia. Whether you are a beginner or someone with years of experience, you will enjoy the beautiful sights of Squamish and its extraordinary wilderness.

About the Canadian Outback Rafting Company

Connecting thousands of families, groups and friends with rivers, glaciers and mountains since 1992, Canadian Outback Rafting provides a unique opportunity to explore Squamish, Vancouver, and Whistler’s glaciers found in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

This fantastic idea of connecting adventurers on the river was created by two brothers, James and Steve Corbett, who grew up in Vancouver and who were outdoor enthusiasts from a young age. As one of the first eco-adventure companies in Canada, Canadian Outback Rafting quickly built its reputation as the company you turn to if you want a top quality outdoor adventure. A wet n’ wild adventure that is!

The Canadian Outback rafting team places great importance on the safety of their guests and on the experience as a whole. Every guest is treated like a VIP and all team members have first aid training and experience with all of the equipment that the company uses to make each adventure down the river a safe, successful and memorable one. This company has also received accolades across the world for its summertime first-rate white water rafting and float trips, as well as its bald eagle viewing trips in the wintertime.

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Excellent for Families

This type of outdoor adventure is an excellent choice for families with kids and teenagers. Not only does it encourage them to be outdoors and embrace nature, it also boosts confidence. When kids and teenagers conquer the wild waves and rapids, as well as any challenges or obstacles that come along with the journey, all of the smaller things they generally worry about on a daily basis don’t seem as scary. It is an excellent choice for families that benefits both parents and kids. Get your family out on the river soon! (Take note that kids have to be over 90 pounds to go on some of the more ‘wild’ tours)

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The Wet n’ Wild Elaho Exhilarator – Our Family Experience

What a rush! Our family of five (two adults and three teens, ages 13 to 16) loved our tour with our excellent guide Slee. We chose the Wet n’ Wild Elaho Exhilarator Tour as it is Class 3-4 and provides the right amount of adrenaline, including the breathtaking scenery of Squamish, British Columbia.

We made our way down through the Elaho and Squamish Rivers until we reached the legendary “Devil’s Elbow” section of the rapids. Devil’s Elbow was featured on TV’s famous Eco-Challenge Adventure Race, which made us wonder what kind of challenge was to come! We survived the big waves and enjoyed being tossed around by the river a bit. (Ok, I’ll be honest….we REALLY liked being tossed around by the river as it provided us with the adrenaline rush we wanted!) The entire time we felt very safe and our guide Slee made us feel that we could overcome any challenge that came our way. Of course, as parents, we were worried about our teenagers, but they did an excellent job of applying the skills they learned and they held on tight.

The river journey is approximately 10 miles long and carries you through some of British Columbia’s most remarkable areas of wilderness. As we were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day, we spent a lot of time taking in the gorgeous scenery. Some scenes you will see along the way are towering glaciers, the Weeping Wall, Mount Kaley, dormant volcanoes, and stunning waterfalls that flow hundreds of feet down towards the river. Sometimes you can see deer, bears and beavers when doing these tours, but we weren’t lucky enough to spot any this time around.

There are a variety of group tours you can choose from, whether you want more of a scenic trip with family or a crazy wild adventure. They even have tours targeted solely towards families with younger children and feature kid’s school programs and grad class rafting trips. We had a stag party on our trip and it appeared as though they loved it!

Three Highlights that Make This Family-Friendly Tour Unique

  • The scenery along the Squamish and Elaho Rivers is breathtaking!
  • The guides are hilarious and truly enthusiastic about the river and the tours.
  • They film you as you are mastering the rapids! (An excellent idea so we can go back and relive the moment any time we want to.)

Tips for Visitors: Some Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring a fleece wool sweater if you get cold easily.
  • They provide booties to wear while you are rafting. You do not need other shoes for the trip.
  • If you have younger kids, they may get colder faster in certain months. Bring layers for them to wear under the wet suit.
  • Make sure everyone you have in your crew knows how to swim.
  • Be prepared to get wet. The water is cold as the rivers are glacier-fed.
  • Pay attention to the introduction from the guides and the skills that they teach you.
  • The bus ride up to the spot where you start your journey is approximately one hour and 45 minutes long. Make sure you go to the bathroom at the Executive Suites Hotel before you leave.
  • Hold on tight and enjoy!


An Executive Stay in Squamish

We were also lucky to be able to stay at the hotel where the Canadian Outback Rafting base is located. The Executive Suites Hotel & Resort in Squamish is the place to stay if you value comfort, cleanliness, convenience and a high level of customer service.

As a spacious all-season, all-suite hotel and resort in Squamish, the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort is an excellent choice for a stay in Squamish. The hotel is only a 40-minute drive from Whistler Village and the City of Vancouver, British Columbia. Squamish is home to some of Canada’s most remarkable back country and is the place for some of the world’s most epic ‘Sea to Sky’ outdoor adventures.


This attractive hotel offers modern condo-style studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, all decorated with soft touches and comfortable furnishings. We stayed in a two-bedroom suite that was fully equipped with a kitchen, microwave, stove, oven, cutlery, refrigerator, and a dishwasher. It even had a washing machine and dryer so you can do laundry whenever you wish. This suite was ideal for our family of five and it had a pull out couch so our youngest teenager could have his own bed. The beds are extremely comfortable and the duvets are super soft. (We didn’t really want to climb out of bed in the morning as it was so cosy.)


We had glorious views from our suite and we had two separate balconies that offered the perfect opportunity to bask in the sun. We even spotted a bear! Everywhere you looked there was a stunning sight to see. We stayed for one night, so we didn’t get to fully enjoy the suite and all of its potential, but it was a very comfortable and relaxing stay. We had all of the conveniences of a home away from home and the fact that we could even do laundry in the privacy of our own room was a bonus. (Especially after being on the river all morning!)

The hotel also provides information and access to a variety of activities for groups, families, couples, and friends. There is always something to get up to on any given day and during every month of the year.

Features and amenities of all suites include:

  • Flat screen television and DVD player
  • Fully equipped modern kitchen including full size fridge, stove, oven, dishwasher, cooking and dining accessories, coffee maker and kettle
  • Individual controls for air conditioning and heating
  • Private covered balcony with scenic views
  • Private bathroom featuring organic Pharmacopia® bath amenities
  • Iron and ironing board, hairdryer, clock radio and personal voicemail
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • Complimentary wireless high speed internet
  • Mouth watering room service menu
  • All rooms are non-smoking

The Executive Suites Hotel & Resort in Squamish has fantastic amenities and services including an outdoor pool, restaurant and an on-site spa service. My husband surprised me with an in-room couple’s relaxation massage after our rafting trip, which was amazing and definitely soothed our tired muscles.

Three Highlights that Make this Hotel Unique

  • The stunning views from the balconies!
  • An outdoor pool and hot tub for relaxing after any of Squamish’s amazing outdoor adventures.
  • The all-suite condo-style accommodation and the home away from home feeling you have while staying here.

In a Nutshell

I highly recommend the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort in Squamish and a tour with the Canadian Outback Rafting Company for a jam-packed weekend or week of fun with friends, colleagues, or family. Both the stay and the rafting trip allows for ultimate relaxation, the development of stronger bonds and the opportunity for working together as a team.

If you get a chance, visit Squamish this summer and partake in all the fun!

*A special thank you to the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort’s Sales Director, Alison Brown for arranging our relaxing stay in Squamish. Thank you to MJ Blanchet, Sales Manager of the Canadian Outback Rafting Company for arranging our Wet n’ Wild Elaho Exhilarator Tour and the guides for making it a memorable experience for our entire family *


Canadian Outback River Rafting Headquarters

The Executive Suites Hotel & Resort Squamish

#100 – 40900 Tantalus Rd

Squamish, BC V8B 0R3

Toll Free: 1-866-565-8735

Email: info@canadianoutbackrafting.com

Website: http://www.CanadianOutbackRafting.com


The Executive Suites Hotel & Resort Squamish

40900 Tantalus Road, Garibaldi Highlands

Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0R3

Tel: 604-815-0048

Email: info@executivesuitessquamish.com

Website: http://www.ExecutiveSuitesSquamish.com

Author, Natasha Lees, Freelance Travel Copywriter

Natasha Lees

Natasha Lees
Natasha Lees is a dedicated and professional travel copywriter with over 16 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Some of her past and current roles include the New York Times travel channel on About.com, Trivago, Sunwing Vacation Group, WeddingVacations.com, Mastercard Caribbean, Princess Cruises, CanadaTravels.com, Escapes.ca and a variety of other worldwide travel media resources.