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Canyon High-Adventure

Experience the biggest whitewater on the island as you raft through the stunning and unique Exploits River Canyon. This two hour whitewater rafting adventure will provide you with non-stop adventure from start to finish. Our High-Adventure and Extreme options redefine the rules, and our guides push the sport to it's limits!  Expect to flip, expect to swim, and be prepared to start your adventure off with a 4.5m (15') cliff jump!

Important Note: Accessing the river in the Exploits Canyon involves descending rock carved stairs and crossing un-even terrain. Not possible for guests with mobility limitations, knee or hip issues.  Run is not appropriate for guests with serious medical conditions or back injuries.  Please call us for details.  Our Badger Chute adventures are much more accessible.

High-Adventure

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Minimum Weight

41kg (90lb)

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Odds of Falling Out

Guarenteed!

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3 km (1.9 miles)

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2hrs

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90min

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None

Adults

Students

$ 129

$ 119

Trip Details

Our Exploits Canyon adventures begin at our renovated bus-office in the parking lot of the Salmonid Interpretation Centre - don't drive to Riverfront Chalets!  On the map below, you're looking for the "Exploits Canyon Office". 

 

Okay, so you passed the first challenge and you found the bus-office!  Great, so come on in and get registered!  Your guides will welcome you and get you geared up for your adventure with a helmet, PFD, and optional wetsuit (no additional charge).  Once you're geared up we'll board our Canyon Bus "Timmy" for a short drive down to "Danger Cove" where your guides will lead you through a detailed safety briefing as we lower the rafts down to the Canyon floor by zipline.  Unfortunately this zipline is only safe for the rafts, so instead you have a steep rock-cut staircase to navigate to get down to the river.  The stairs are no problem for anyone who is roughly adult-sized without mobility issues.  For smaller youth and those with mobility issues, you would be much better off on the Badger Chute.

Once you make it down to the river you will be treated to a truly spectacular sight!  The "Grotto" is a calm pool fed by waterfalls and surrounded by 25m (82') red rock cliffs on all sides - you won't believe that you're still in the heart of Grand Falls-Windsor!  Don't be too distracted by the stunning beauty of the Grotto as it's time to really focus your nerves and prepare for the 4.5m (15') cliff jump!  This is the safest way into the river, and truly the best possible way to set the tone for the rest of your adventure!

 

When the river levels are right, we'll start off our adventure by paddling over to one of the waterfalls so you can actually stand underneath it!  Careful as you walk over as the salmon are everywhere!  You may even see one jump up the falls while you're getting your picture taken!

Okay, well this has all been fun, but it's time for some action!  Before leaving the Grotto your guide will direct you in some advanced rafting and rescue techniques to make sure that you are prepared for the adventure to come.  When your team is ready, you'll proceed downstream for 2km (1.25 miles) of non-stop excitement!  Starting with a massive hit on "Paul's Falls" and then flying down through the epic "Mill Rapids" (named for the former pulp & paper mill).  The Mill Rapids frequently have swells up to 3m (10') and they provide a ride you will never forget!  One of the coolest features of the Mill Rapids is a largest recirculating current that allows us to float upstream and re-enter the rapids for another round! 

For our High-Adventure and Extreme-Adventure trips, we re-enter the Mill Rapids at the highest possible point for maximum thrills.  The odds of flipping the raft outright are roughly 50/50!  If your raft doesn't flip, you will have the opportunity to jump out and experience the full might of the Mill Rapids as you get tossed through whirlpools on a wild ride!  The whole time your guides are right with you to keep you safe.   We'll keep hitting the Mill Rapids again and again until you've had your fill before continuing down stream.

Immediately after leaving the Mill Rapids we float through a short calm section underneath the iconic "Mill Bridge" 25m (82') above... don't be fooled into a false sense of calm though as the rumble of the "Canyon Rapid" will soon be all you hear!  Just before taking on the "Canyon Rapid" we have the opportunity to play around in two fun surfing waves the "Blow Hole" and "Happy Ending" while our photographer captures all the action from "Whale Rock".  

After what has already been an amazingly exciting adventure it's time to kick things up another notch as we drift inexorably towards the namesake "Exploits Canyon Rapid".  The Exploits River is 400m (437yds) wide at our take-out location in Gorge Park, but here at the "Exploits Canyon Rapid" the river is compressed to just 25m (82').  So all that water is squeezed through this tiny canyon... you know what happens when you pinch a hose, right?  Same idea!  This compression creates unbelievable force and the biggest commercial rapids in Atlantic Canada!  The rapids can create swells towering 3.5m (12') and they come from all sides as you fly through the chaos and emerge thoroughly soaked and ready to take on the world!  This is the ultimate thrill ride!  To add to the excitement, you might see people flying over your head on the brand new ziplines!

After all that, believe it or not, we're still not done!  We'll have time for a quick paddle high-5, then we dodge "Bone-Breaker Falls", get a big splash in the hole beside the towering Nonosabasut Rock, and plunge into the truly epic standing wave know as the "Virgin Wave".  This last feature is a monster!  Hold on tight!  For our High-Adventure and Extreme-Adventure trips, we attempt to "surf" the Virgin Wave, which utilizes complex hydrodynamics to "park" the raft in the middle of this HUGE wave and great the ultimate rodeo ride!  Most of the time, this attempt results in an epic raft flip!

 

Before calling it quits, we can do a similar trick as we did at the Mill Rapids, and re-enter the Virgin Wave for one final crazy ride before starting the quiet float to Gorge Park.

 

Although there are no thrills to be had for the last 1km (0.6 miles) this section of the river is swift moving and quite deep, so you might as well jump off the raft and enjoy the float back.  Let your heart slow down and catch your breath after the incredible adventure you just experienced!  Timmy, our Canyon bus, will be waiting to whisk you back to the Salmonid Interpretation Centre so you can dry off and get changed.  Worth mentioning that the River's Edge Grill at the Salmonid Centre has a licensed patio, so if you need something stronger after your adventure you can enjoy a drink on the deck overlooking the Grand Falls.  

Make sure you visit the Salmonid Centre while you're there, we'll even pay for your admission!

Extreme Adventure

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Minimum Weight

41kg (90lb)

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Odds of Falling Out

Guarenteed!

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3 km (1.9 miles)

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2hrs

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90min

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None

Adults

Students

$ 149

$ 139

Sportyaks

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Minimum Weight

41kg (90lb)

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Odds of Falling Out

Guarenteed!

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3 km (1.9 miles)

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2hrs

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90min

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None

Adults

Students

$ 149

$ 139

Looking for an even BIGGER thrill??

The Exploits Canyon offers thrilling, but safe rapids (or at least safe with our equipment and our guides), so this is the perfect place to really conquer your fears and amp up your adventure!  We have three additional options to really maximize the excitement on the Canyon!
 

  1. Canyon Extreme-Adventure - Ready to take things up another notch?!  Our Extreme Adventure is the same run as our High-Adventure but instead of using our super stable 8-person rafts, we use a sporty 4-person raft that is half the size and twice as likely to flip!
     

  2. Canyon Sportyaks - Ready to leave the rafts behind all-together and brave Exploits Canyon in a kayak?  This is the run for you!  Instead of a guided raft, you will instead be in a 2-person whitewater inflatable kayak (sportyak).  It doesn't take much imagination to understand why this would be the ultimate thrill!

 
 
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Intensity

Minimum Age

Badger Chute

Low

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Adventure

High-Adventure

Medium

High

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Extreme!

WILD!!

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Min. Weight

16kg (30lb)

41kg (90lb)

41kg (90lb)

41kg (90lb)

Odds of

Falling Out

Very Low

Low-Moderate

Guaranteed!

Guaranteed!

Distance

12 km (7.5 miles)

3 km (1.9 miles)

3 km (1.9 miles)

3 km (1.9 miles)

Duration

Full Trip

5hrs

Express

3.5-4hrs

2hrs

2hrs

2hrs

On-River Time

Food

Full Trip

4hrs

Express

2.5-3hrs

Full Trip

Meal Incl.

Express

None

90min

90min

None

None

90min

None

Limitations

Shuttle is not wheelchair accessible.  Guests require full upper body control.  

Shuttle is not wheelchair accessible.  Cannot accommodate guests with knee, hip, ankle, back or heart issues.

Shuttle is not wheelchair accessible.  Cannot accommodate guests with knee, hip, ankle, back or heart issues.

Shuttle is not wheelchair accessible.  Cannot accommodate guests with knee, hip, ankle, back or heart issues.

Notes

By far our most popular trip for all ages.  No swimming experience required.

Trip begins with a 4.5m (15ft) cliff jump!

Trip begins with a 4.5m (15ft) cliff jump and features our smallest and sportiest rafts!