What's cooler than being cool? Floating gently down a lazy river all summer long! Lazy river floats are one of the things we're most looking forward to this summer to give us a chance to unplug, chill and connect to the incredible world around us. B.C. is blessed with gorgeous natural hidden gems and if you aren't constantly seeking out new ones, then you're missing the point of living in this province!

There's a lazy river float close to Vancouver that you have to see to believe. The Alouette River in Maple Ridge is clear and bright and it looks almost as green as the lush forest around it. At the end of your float, you'll arrive at Davidson's Pools and Hot Rocks. You can swim inside this swimming hole, hidden in the forest and then sun yourself on the large rocks that get nice and toasty in the summer.

There are other rivers in BC where companies will rent you floaties and pick you up after your float bringing you back to the starting point. You can float worry-free for 30 kilometres on Vancouver Island and there's an Okanagan Valley river float where you can soak in the sun.

This river float is amazing because it's super close to Vancouver and you'll have to rely on yourself. It makes it so much more of an adventure! Plus, that way it's a totally free summer activity to make achieving your summer bucket list more affordable than ever. 

The best way to experience this magical river float is to enter the river at Allco Park in Maple Ridge. This starting point is only an hour away from Vancouver. You'll float down the river to Davidson's Pools and that's where you can get out for a dip in the secret forested swimming hole.

If you want to try this incredible float experience yourself, then set aside a weekend this summer to check out the Alouette River.


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.

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