Lytton Chamber of Commerce  

Whitewater Rafting

Lytton BC – Canada’s Rafting Capital

What a great feeling

Lytton is the kumsheen of two great rivers – the Thompson and the Fraser.

Whitewater rafting was introduced on the Thompson River in 1973, when Bernie Fandrich began his Kumsheen Raft Adventures. Today, the Thompson is one of the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in Western Canada.

Thousands of enthusiasts flood to Lytton in the summer to challenge the whitewater of the Devil’s Gorge and other great rapids of the Thompson. From one raft on the river in 1973, the whitewater industry has grown into Lytton’s major tourist attraction.

Fleet of rafts pause at the Cutting Board rapid

Kumsheen Rafting Resort, Canada’s longest-standing rafting company, is based in Lytton year-round. It has developed a world class resort – dining on French cuisine in their Cutting Board Restaurant, recharging in a Teepee or themed Canvas Cabin, relaxing around the pool or hot tub – and offers an array of power rafting trips on the Thompson from May 1 and paddle rafting from July 1st  both running daily to the end of September. Also offered are unique naturalist and photography excursions.

 Hyak Wilderness Adventures has its main office in Vancouver with a summer base in Lytton that offers daily paddle trips on the the Thompson River from mid July until the third week in September. They also offer power rafting trips on Saturdays from June 2 to September 1.

Fraser River Raft Expeditions is based in Yale and offers paddle and power rafting on the Thompson River from May until September. Day trips and overnight trips are also offered on the Fraser River.

Reo Rafting Adventures has its main office in Anmore (near Vancouver) and offers custom group departures on the Thompson River in paddle rafts in August and September.


Lytton’s slogan—Canada’s Rafting Capital—was adopted in the 1980s, when there were 25 different commercial rafting companies operating out of Lytton.  Because of the importance of whitewater rafting to our local economy, it remains our slogan today.


Eagles soar in Black Canyon on the Thompson River