Rafting from the Whistler area is a happy exception to the inaccessability rule. Numerous companies offer a selection of outings suited to every skill level and all originate from Whistler Village which is well-serviced by public transportation from the Lower Mainland. See Getting to Whistler.

The following table lists the offerings by river and season and includes average prices. Prices may vary slightly depending on the services offered by individual companies. For exact prices and details of their shuttle services from Whistler Village contact the companies listed below.

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Krumholtz

Krumholtz

Trees clustered together in the sub alpine stand a much better chance of surviving the harsh conditions. Called krumholtz, these tree islands are miniature ecosystems unto themselves, providing mutual protection against the elements while acting as a catch basin for moisture. A krumholtz provides habitat for lesser plant species as well as insects, birds and mammals big and small. Usually trees in the krumholtz, German for "crooked wood," are old if not ancient, stunted by a short growing season, harsh weather and a paucity of nutrient-rich soil. Branches tend to flourish on the downwind side only.

Illustration by Manami Kimura