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!
- 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