My bucket list: Kumsheen whitewater rafting

Photos courtesy of Kumsheen Rafting Resort

“I’ve always wanted to do it. It’s on my bucket list.” How often have you said this? 

Grandma Hazel crossed whitewater rafting off her bucket list in 1978, the first time she ran the Thompson River with Lytton’s Kumsheen Rafting Resort. She’s been back many times since her first thrilling excursion.



Grandma Hazel's goal is to set the record for the oldest person to raft the river. The current record is 93.

To celebrate her 92nd birthday next month, she has already booked her next run on the Thompson.

Three generations of her family celebrated her 90th birthday with her on the river two seasons ago and are joining her on the river again this summer.

But young people have bucket lists too.

This past May and June, more than 1,200 high school grads from throughout BC travelled to the Kumsheen Resort to celebrate their
dry grad event, rafting the Thompson River.

It’s a tradition for many schools, like George Elliot in Kelowna whose Grade 12 drug and alcohol-free graduation celebrations have included a rafting adventure with Kumsheen for the past 18 years.

For the past two decades, more than 27,000 grade 12 students have crossed whitewater rafting off their bucket lists.  Many come back repeatedly to enjoy the thrills of whitewater and Kumsheen’s world-famous hospitality.


Grads soaking up Lytton sunshine poolside.

Clayton Beebe, a dry grad organizer for many years, said: “I have loved every weekend I have ever spent with you people. Regardless of weather, river conditions, students... a good weekend spent at Kumsheen is a guaranteed-given!  We show up, we have a great weekend.”

He continued:  “Quite honestly, Kumsheen provides the best customer service I have ever experienced.”

Combine the legendary rapids of the Thompson River with Kumsheen’s superb customer service and it’s no wonder that Kumsheen is one of Canada’s premiere rafting destinations.

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