Location: Three hours from Vancouver, near the town of Lytton.
The entire Stein river from the watershed to the confluence with the Fraser river is protected within Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park. Called the “hidden gem” for good reason, you must reach the Stein by plane or by foot…no vehicles allowed in the Park.
Level of Difficulty: Class IV-V / Intermediate-Advanced
“Down the Drain,” “Touching the Void,” “Notch Waterfall,” names of rapids often give not-so-subtle hints about the intensity of their drops and hydraulics. With at least thirty continuous class IV-V rapids and no calm sections and an extreme portage around “Devil’s Staircase”, this run is not for the faint of heart. This river needs a boat full of true whitewater adventurers.
Scenery: untouched forest, protected wildlife region
Incredible whitewater in an amazingly beautiful wilderness canyon. On your hike to the put-in, ancient pictographs can be seen on rock outcroppings signifying Stein valley as the spiritual home of the First Nation peoples. The canyons provides habitat for grizzly bears, cougar and bighorn sheep.
Stein River rafting trips are only offered for a brief period of time each year, usually during the month of August.