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“Excellent afternoon of first-time rafting” 5 of 5 stars
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Nahatlatch Valley, North Bend, British Columbia V0K 1C0, Canada   |  
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“Excellent afternoon of first-time rafting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Four of us visited the REO Rafting Resort, three of us first timers and one of us going for a second raft. We plugged 'North Bend' into the Sat Nav and drove to REO from Whistler over the course of 4 hours. Upon arriving at North Bend we dug out driving instructions from the website but quickly found road signs which led us the rest of the way. The road was a little rough at times, so just make sure you've got some good tires on and your suspension is in good working order!

The staff were very friendly from the time we arrived to the moment we left. I get the impression that the crew change year on year, apart from the owners and their family, but I can definitely say that they've found some really friendly and supportive staff this year (2013). Our rafting tour (Mike) was great fun, very encouraging and got us to socialize well with the other people on our raft who we didn't previously know.

We paid for lunch and had home-made pizza and salad which were actually really good. After wet-suiting up you get driven up the river to the lake where the experience starts. You first get to know the raft and the commands you'll need for the day. After a bit of practice you can optionally go for a swim and see what it's like to dunk in the river and climb back in the raft. We all did this and it was good to know what it would be like in case it happened 'for real'. From this point on, we had an absolutely brilliant 2-3 hours of rafting down the river. We had a lot of fun along the way but I always felt that the situation was well managed and under control. Over all, it was a very enjoyable day and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Along the ride one of the crew was taking photos from the shore. At the end of the day you can choose to purchase a DVD full of images for $20+10 for each person in your group (so we paid $60). While this sounds like a lot to start with, it's actually a bargain. We got over 100 photos of our adventure so that we could pick the best for printing and uploading to the web. Much better than paying $15 for a single printed photo at most places like this.

Side Note: As someone who wears 'XL' clothing from the store (not massive, but big) I was a little concerned about a couple of things. If you're in the same position, then there's nothing to be worried about. They had wet-suits available that went one size bigger than the size I needed and there were no problems getting back into the raft after our swim. Sure, it was a tad more work than some of the others had to face, but one 'regular-sized' person in our group struggled a lot more than I did to get back into the raft!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our time with REO. We brought a team of Athletes from Rocky Point Crossfit and all had an amazing time. Everyone was extremely friendly and professional and the landscape was impeccable.

A short video of our trip can be found on our website at http://rockypointcrossfit.ca/

Or on you tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpqYTfVYWag

Thanks for everything, an amazing weekend!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Can't say much more than everyone else here. Probably one of the best experiences I have ever had. The 3 hour drive to the resort is beautiful and when I got to REO I didnt want to leave!!! Had a blast hanging around the campfire, staring at the stars and listening to the guitar player they hired. Can't wait to go back this year! Professionally guided rafting trip and felt safe the whole time. Thanks to the owner Bryan for creating such a unique summer adventure!

You will need: a flashlight, clothes for warm and cool weather, flip flops

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

awsome time .Good workout as it was windy. The staff and our guide Tom from the uk was excellent. the whole trip was everything we hoped for. Going to the resort next year for sure. the review wants more characters so im filling in .the important part is that experience and staff were awsome

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We just returned from a weekend at Reo and had a really great time. We stayed in the Moroccan tent and it was really cosy and fun. The rafting was well done and a really enjoyable way to see a beautiful part of the world. The food was really great and all the staff seemed to really enjoy being there, which led to a great, relaxed vibe at the resort. Would definitely return and the only thing I'd do differently is not drive my own car. Be warned...the road there is terrible! I realize the resort can't upkeep an entire Forest Service Road, but don't take your new-ish high end car there...it will have plenty of rock chips after, trust me. Next year, it will be a rental car.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
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Mill Creek, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Our family had a great time paddleboarding with REO in Whistler. They use Alpha Lake to do their tours and it was perfect for first time users. Jody was our guide and was patient and helpful to get 2 families up and around the lake. We went all the way around the lake and to the outlet where we saw a beaver next. What a peaceful and relaxing way to spend family time on vacation.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This was the best river rafting experience so far! Jamie, our guide was phenomenal. The lunch was great, even our kids said it was good & healthy! We only had time to do the nahatlatch river rafting, didn't stay over nite, but next year we will be looking at staying & doing more than just the white water rafting. thanks for the awesome experience REO & Jamie!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nahatlatch Valley, North Bend, British Columbia V0K 1C0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > North Bend
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in North Bend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
REO Rafting Resort offers world-class whitewater rafting adventures down the beautiful jade-green Nahatlatch River. This exciting class 4 raft trip is suitable for beginner and experienced paddlers alike. Our raft adventures end at our pristine riverfront resort, where you can enjoy beach volleyball, camp fire, hot tub, live music entertainment, private beach, etc. You can choose to rough it by camping on our property, or try out "glamping" in one of our rustic cabin-tents. We have many different fully-catered packages to choose from, perfectly suited for individuals, couples, friends, corporate groups, stags, stagettes, families, grad groups, etc! All packages include high-quality chef-prepared meals. We have been referred to as "summer camp for adults"! Come check us out! ... more   less 

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