Whitewater river rafting adventures and custom group packages since 1998 in Grande Cache and Revelstoke. Wild Blue Yonder is well-known regionally for exceptional service and over 20 years of safe operation.
Guests are greeted like family and treated with care. Short shuttles allow quick access to a variety of river adventures, including class 1 to 4+ rafting on half day, full day and overnight trips. As packaging experts, they also offer unique, custom experiences that include other activities, meals and accommodations.
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Did you know one of our owners is biking with her daughter across Europe?? We’ve been along for the ride. 🚵♂️🚵
Europe by Bike!
Our first day of travelling by bike was a challenging one. The number of things that went wrong put us into a bit of a risk situation by day's end, but all ended well. It was a wake-up call, however, not to take this trip lightly. You'll need to read my blog post to get the full picture of the day, but here is a video we filmed at the height of the drama, and a the link to the full post: https://dreamsoftourism.com/.../and-so-it-begins-our...
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One of our owners, Gina Goldie, is on a 6-week cycling trip of the Mediterranean Coast with her teenage daughter. They started the trip in Barcelona, and took a few hours to explore Old Town with a local friend, and former staffer, Marc Bellestene.
We often talk about our River Family, the people who work with us to help make Wild Blue Yonder the institution it’s become. One staffer became part of our actual family, and now runs her own business. Today she shared a wonderful post on us. Thanks Get Set Sport Therapy - Annie Beals!!
So grateful for these two! We often talk about being a family business - and here’s Gramma and Rio helping file paperwork for year end! What are you grateful for today?
Outdoor Gear - Staff Favourites
Our social media coordinator Hywel chose the simple but versatile ski strap. He claims that he carries several of these on single and multi day trips. " You can just do some much with them from attaching extra gear to packs or temporarily fixing anything from skis to paddles."
“This poignant short about the father-son bond teaches us that although we may sometimes go astray — stuck in eddies and in life — the path back to the important places is never too far away.”
THE IMPORTANT PLACES. A COLLABORATIVE FILM BY GNARLY BAY + FOREST WOODWARD + FRIENDS Special thanks to Doug Woodward, Brendan Leonard, Skip Armstrong, David Marx, Jeff Scholl, Elliot…
The Sulphur Gates are a formation of bedrock, thrust vertically as it resisted erosion.
In 2013, scientists discovered water that had been trapped in bedrock (not at this location) for more than a billion years. The water might contain microbes that evolved independently from the surface world, a finding that gives new hope to the search for life on other planets. Pretty cool!
Ángel Grimaldi’s lifelong quest to capture breathtaking images of the ocean to inspire others, seek the harmony and silence of nature, and help conserve fragile ecosystems.
Chasing Silence - Sidetracked Ángel Grimaldi’s lifelong quest to capture breathtaking images of the ocean to inspire others, seek the harmony and silence of nature, and help conserve fragile ecosystems.
1-10-1 Principle—Cold Water Immersion
1 minute—cold shock: An initial deep sudden gasp followed by hyperventilation that is 6 to 10 times more rapid than normal breathing. You have one minute to get your breathing under control.
10 minutes—cold incapacitation: Gradual loss of effective use of your fingers, arms, and legs. If not wearing a lifejacket, drowning is likely because of swim failure.
1 hour—hypothermia: Even in ice water it could take 1 hour before becoming unconscious due to hypothermia. In order to lose consciousness the body core temperature has to go below 30 degrees; this time can vary depending on the temperature of the water.
Anyone want to go rafting? Oh wait, everything is frozen 😂
Todays Knowledge Nugget is a little risky, but if you screw on this lids tight and correct you'll be thanking us.
Water freezes from the top down, so by stowing bottles upside down, the bottle tops are less likely to freeze shut.
Some perspective from high above makes us realize that the Sulphur river is merely a wisp in the incredible Northern Albertan landscape.
Hoping you all had a wonderful New Years and are looking forward to a fun filled 2022.
Make a plan.
Leave a Trip Plan.
No one ever expects to get into trouble outdoors. But, a turn in the weather, mistake in judgment, unexpected injury or equipment failure can quickly change any recreational outing.
Completing a trip plan is extremely important. It explains your destination, travel route, equipment and expected return time. It is vital information to assist authorities searching for you in the event of an emergency.
With the AdventureSmart Trip Plan app you can easily create trip plans and send them to your family and friends. The app is available free in the Apple App Store for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android devices, and can also be accessed from any web browser.
AdventureSmart Trip Plan App Heading Outdoors? Leave a Plan.Completing a trip plan is extremely important. It explains your destination, travel route, equipment and expected return time....
Rapids can be important to the health of a stream system. The water splashing over rocks captures air in bubbles. This splashing, called whitewater, leads to more dissolved oxygen in the water. The oxygen is useful to fish, insects, and bacteria in the water, and in turn to the ecosystem around the stream.
Happy Christmas everyone!
Wearing the right clothing and managing layers appropriately are key to your comfort for many winter activities, from skiing to camping.
Base Layer: The layer next to your skin, we love wools like merino, they wick perspiration away from your skin and dry quickly.
Mid Layer: Your insulating layer. Down or synthetic insulated jackets work really well here.
Outer Layer: This is your waterproof/breathable defense against snow, sleet, rain and wind.
Join Sean Yoro, a Hawain muralist, as he heads north to Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut. This massive and sparsely populated area forms most of the Canadian arctic archipelago. Here he delves into the heart of the Inuit culture and community before venturing out onto the breaking ice to paint a local woman's portrait.
What If You Fly | The North Face Hawaiian artist and muralist Sean Yoro traveled to the arctic waters of Baffin Island, Nunavut, to paint a portrait of a local Inuit woman on the sea ice. Th...
Throwback to a slightly soggy day on the river this summer. Providing the opportunity for the kids to have a go on the oars both keeps them warm and allows the whole group to bond and try new things.
We dropped this nugget early in the summer, but it seems even more relevant now! Winter camping this year, looking for a little extra heat but didn't pack your hot water bottle? Fire up that stove, boil your water and throw it back in your water bottle and into your sleeping bag!
Most liquids have a pretty simple behaviour when they are cooled: they shrink. Water is one of the few exceptions to this behaviour. When liquid water is cooled, it contracts like one would expect until a temperature of approximately 4° C is reached. After that, it expands slightly until it reaches the freezing point, and then when it freezes, it expands by approximately 9%. ❄️
“When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.”
― Roy T. Bennett
What is winter good for? That's right, planning next year's summer family adventures. We have not one but two fantastic locations in two provinces! Check out this beautiful drone clip taken in our Revelstoke, BC location!
Heading into winter like every face in this boat!
The Canadian Canoe Museum is building a new home for its world-class collection along the water’s edge in Peterborough, ON. The new location plans to be completed in 2023 and will be working with Indigenous communities across the country to bring the most well-rounded experience to its guests.
New Canadian Canoe Museum to feature languages and voices from Indigenous communities throughout exhibits - Paddling Magazine PETERBOROUGH, ON, August 25, 2021 – Visitors to the new Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) will see and hear languages and voices from Indigenous communities the moment they step into the museum, thanks to funding from TD Bank Group. The new home for the CCM, set to break ground this fall and open in 202...
RIVER RESCUE TIPS - Solo Shallow Water Crossing
Important tips and tools you can use if you need to cross a river on your own and what to do if you can't make it all the way across.
Wild Blue Yonder, River Rescue Tips - Solo Shallow Water Crossing Important tips and tools you can use if you need to cross a river on your own and what to do if you can't make it all the way across.
We think that family time outside, around a camp stove is the best way to end the day. Now that the weather is changing this a little tougher so what's your favourite rainy day meal?
RIVER RESCUE TIPS - USING THROWBAGS
Today, Freeman is going to run us through the best practices on when and how to use throw bags!
Travel Alberta | Grande Cache Tourism & Interpretive Centre
Wild Blue Yonder River Rescue Tips : Using Throwbags Welcome to our Swiftwater Rescue Tip Series! We will be sharing tips for group and solo river safety. Our first "how to" video features best practice techniq...
Our family is united through our love of nature and being out on the river. Times spent on a raft with the people we love are our most special memories.
What better way to make new friends than to battle the rapids... hmmm how about we whip out the water guns and battle the other boats?!!
Grande Cache Tourism & Interpretive Centre | Travel Alberta
RIVER RESCUE TIPS - ZIPLINE RIVER CROSSING
Where and how to best set up your zipline for an easy and safe river crossing.
Travel Alberta | Grande Cache Tourism & Interpretive Centre
Wild Blue Yonder, River Rescue Tips : Using a Zipline to Cross a River. Using a Zipline to Cross a River. Where and how to best set up your zipline for an easy and safe river crossing.
Locally owned and family ran business supplying you with high quality Kayak rentals and a chance to make great new memories!
motor enthusiast community built with the goal to create business and revenue in the motorsport and racing communities in and around grande cache, AB.
We are a Local Non Profit Memorial Hockey Tournament.
A unique, local equine-based business. Curtis Hallock guides through the Willmore & Melanie is a Certified Equine Assisted Personal Development Coach.
Women's kick boxing & Zumba Dance!