Rapid City Escape

Rafting in British Columbia.

Smoked salmon on the Nass     Photo: Photograph by David R. Gluns

Some of British Columbia's finest whitewater is merely 90 minutes from the city of Terrace, but it's been run commercially only once. Why? It wasn't until 2008 that Skeena Valley Expeditions, a local rafting outfit, received permission from the Nisga'a First Nation to run 30 miles of the Nass River, a Class IV beauty running through the wild Coast Mountains. The fortunate 12 who get on this year's trip will be among the first to paddle through the Nass's glacial water, alongside running salmon and underneath soaring eagles. Nights are spent at riverside campsites, sampling smoked salmon prepared by Nisga'a people. August 13–18; US$2,732; skeenavalleyexpeditions.com

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