Forget finishing off a pint of ice cream and watching Netflix; we found a better way to unwind. For the ultimate lazy afternoon, you can skip all your responsibilities like laundry and cleaning and go tubing instead. To help you find the best spots to go with your friends, we've made a list of the best lazy rivers in BC for tubing the stress away.

You might be surprised how many spots close to your home where you can float in crystal clear water. Some of these gems are off the beaten path, but well worth discovering as they are the ultimate way to enjoy a sunny afternoon with your friends.

All you need to get started is a pool ring, but thankfully they are super affordable.

Or if you rather skip the hassle of planning where to go, there are also a few companies who will do all the work for you. All you need to do is show up, and they will transport you there and back and lend you a water inflatable too.

Many of these companies also offer you the option to pick between a double or quad float; so you can enjoy the ride next to your friends.

The next time the weather is scorching, why not cool off on the river? These are all the spots you will want to visit with your friends:

Similkameen River

Price: Free

Address: Similkameen River, Okanagan-Similkameen H, BC

Why You Need To Go: You won't believe how long you can leisurely float along the water. The journey from Bromley Rock to Red Bridge will take nearly five hours where you'll pass gorgeous scenery.


Alouette River

Price: Free

Address: 23200 Fern Cres., Maple Ridge, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can float down the river, starting at Allco Park to Davidson's Pool. The entire journey will take you a few hours and lead you to a secret swimming hole.

Cowichan River

Price: $20.00 per tube rental

Address: Lake Cowichan, BC

Why You Need To Go: It is hard to have a more relaxing experience than tubing here. For a small fee, everything will be taken care of for you, including your shuttle to the river and tube rental. The entire journey along the river will take between two to three hours.

Penticton River Channel

Price: $18.00 per person

Address: For just $18, you can enjoy all-day tubing plus your bus shuttle there and back. The seven-kilometre trip from Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake is breathtaking and should be on every B.C. summer bucket list.

River Of "Golden Dreams"

Price: Free

Address: Alta Lake, Whistler, BC

Why You Need To Go: Starting from Alta Lake you can enjoy the five-kilometre journey to Green Lake. It will take you roughly two hours to complete the route.

Shuswap River

Price: Free

Address: 8265 Vernon-Sicamous Hwy., Mara, BC

Why You Need To Go: The two and a half kilometre adventure from Belvidere Park to Tuey Park makes for a fun afternoon activity.

Slocan River

Price: Free

Address: Central Kootenay H, BC

Why You Need To Go: This spot is perfect on a hot day. Along the river, you'll find beaches where you can stop and cool off. There are also several rope swings along the water too.

Granby River

Price: Free

Address: Grand Forks, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a peaceful six-hour float from Hummingbird Bridge to Pines Bible Camp.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.