LYTTON, BC, June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Riding the wave of another successful
season, BC's top whitewater rafting venue Kumsheen Resort is reviving an old venture for the launch of its 2012 summer season with
the action-packed Birding and Naturalist Outing, part of its Special Interest Trips, on July 1 to 3, 2012, in Lytton, BC.
In large, pontoon platform rafts (fit for all ages), trip leader Jim
Ginns, who has led natural history trips for Meadowlark Festival,
Native Plant Society of BC and South Okanagan Naturalists' Club, will
take guests on a fascinating 80-kilometre river ride on the Thompson
River, from Ashcroft to Lytton.
Journey through 40 sets of the river's legendary whitewater rapids then
have lunch in the heart of the 150-million-year-old Black Canyon and
discover first-hand what natural wonders thrive along the Thompson
River corridor--from brilliant birds to funny-looking reptiles and
other critters to desert plants--on this trip focused on geology, gold
panning and history.
"We don't want to have just straight adrenalin. We want to learn
something, we want to discover new things and that's where the natural
history comes in," said Bernie Fandrich, founder of Kumsheen Rafting
Resort, who, as a former Langara College instructor, first brought his
students to the area in the 70s for a unique river experience with the
"I've been down that section of river hundreds of times, even more, but
when I went down with the leaders of these trips in May (this year), it
was one of my most enjoyable trips ever because we were totally in tune
with our environment. We spotted 47 species of birds on the first day,
which is amazing."
During the breathtaking river run, guests will also get to learn about
the wide array of different desert plants, such as sagebrush, prickly
pear cactus, wild asparagus and Ponderosa pines, along the river. "This
is a semi arid area, so the plants here get lots of sunshine and very
little rain. There's a unique variety of plants here," said Fandrich.
As part of the itinerary, tourists are going to pan for gold, step
ashore to try and spot spectacular birds and catch a glimpse of the
famous bighorn sheep near a huge talus slope. It's a unique tour
opportunity to see the areas that are almost inaccessible otherwise.
"There are lots of landslides, between Ashcroft and Spences Bridge,
with a major slide right at Spences Bridge," said Fandrich.
So, what are you waiting for? Clean your binoculars and whistle your
favourite bird call for an unforgettable summer adventure.
SOURCE Kumsheen Rafting Resort
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