Check out our variety of 2017 specialty trips, designed for all interests and walks of life. To kick the season off, we have Hops & High Water June 10-15 on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. In early August, we’ll feature Yoga In the Wild for 12 Days on the Middle Fork & Main Salmon. Later in August, we have our LGBT Wine & Whitewater trip on the Middle Fork followed by our Wine & Culinary Confluence on the Main Salmon, with an overnight lodge stay at Mackay Bar on the last night! To round it all out, we have a 6 Day Women’s River Yoga Retreat on the Main Salmon in September. Check out our detailed descriptions of these trips below.
The first year was SO good we’ve decided to offer you our 2nd Annual Beer Tasting trip with Utah’s finest, Uinta Brewing. Oh yes, that’s right, BEER TASTING and rafting! Uinta Brewing has partnered with us to offer you this amazing experience in the heart of Idaho. We give you the magnificent Middle Fork of the Salmon paired with craft beer tasting along the way. Come enjoy the Frank Church Wilderness with a cold brew in your hand. The high water of early June will allow ample camp time for exploring, hiking, fishing, playing, hot-springing and OF COURSE……Beer Drinking! We dare to gamble that you’ll walk away with some new favorites.
Get out of your chair and into the Idaho wilderness. Grab a paddle, a mat, an open mind and let’s raft down the Middle Fork and Main Salmon rivers in search of the wildest yoga classrooms on the planet.
Each day we’ll practice a select yoga sequence, meditation and commitment to our wellbeing. Add experienced adventure-based yoga instructors, expert rafting guides, gourmet food, hot springs and some of the wildest stretches of navigable rivers in North America and you have the most ideal way to reconnect to yourself and the earth. Read here for more details.
We will also connect through social media both before and after our adventure to keep our community and new found skills thriving. The trip lives on!
Celebrating Diversity Idaho style! Come gather with Canyons owner/outfitter Greg McFadden, on the banks of the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Explore the wilderness with a colorful mix of characters, new and old friends alike. Enjoy a variety of Old World wines presented by sommelier Rose Manzo, of Aspen, Colorado. Rose owns Harvest Distributing and is an advanced sommelier at Pinons restaurant in downtown Aspen. Rose brings with her a specialty of Rhone wines and a knowledge and zest for the art of winemaking that will make you thirsty to expand your palette. All of the wine selections will be accompanied by our fabulous Canyons menu, with meals like our famous Maryland crab cakes coupled with a full New York strip. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Middle Fork during this late season time as fall colors start to show and the clear waters are filled with glorious trophy sized trout. This trip will originate at Indian Creek guard station and will require a backcountry flight to get to the put in.
NOTE: ALL of Canyon’s trips are LGBT friendly.
Join Pug Ostling, formerly of Grape Escape wine bar in downtown Boise and our very own “WHIZZY”, Lisa Whisnant, our senior guide here at Canyons. She’ll be serving up spectacular dishes like grilled duck breast with a cinnamon cabernet sauce, while Pug offers a variety of New World wines to pair with each mouthwatering creation. Get ready to Eat, Drink and Be Merry on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Main Salmon! We’ll spend the last night of the trip at the historic Mackay Bar Lodge, before flying off the river the next morning in a backcountry plane (arranged by us) back to Boise or to McCall (depending on whether you are doing the “flight option” or “drive option”). (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BACKCOUNTRY FLIGHT OUT FROM MACKAY BAR ON THE LAST DAY OF THE TRIP IS REQUIRED AND IS IN ADDITION TO THE TRIP PRICE)
Join Canyons as we partner with Anna Levesque of Girls at Play and Laura Fallon of Laura Fallon Yoga. These ladies are teaming up to bring kayaking, rafting, wellness and yoga to the mighty Main Salmon for September 2017. Anna and Laura have differing yoga backgrounds and will dazzle you with their various skill sets. Anna owns her own wellness company, Girls at Play and is a DAGGER sponsored paddler. Laura comes from our Grand Canyon family and has been rowing big water and teaching yoga in the desert for over a decade. Together with Canyons, we will create an amazing environment designed specifically for women. Come hone your paddling and your yoga practice on the fun whitewater and enormous beaches of the mighty Main Salmon.
To check out more about Girls at Play, click HERE
What’s in the works…
Here at Canyons we hold a philosophy that EVERYONE deserves to experience the magic of river life. We want to share this very healing place that helped shape all of us. If you are interested in helping sponsor a trip or donating to these causes please give Greg a call directly at (970)531-4734. Furthermore, if you are passionate about a nonprofit that may be a good fit to host on the river, please let us know. The Middle Fork and Main have changed our lives, and we are looking to you to help influence and better the lives of others.
We have been discussing a THANK-a-NURSE program where you can sponsor a hard-working (and often under-appreciated) professional for a week away on the river. Nurses truly make medicine work and we want to start a wave of gratitude for the amazing healing they do. This is a vision still in the works, but we are dedicated to making this incredible journey a reality. Stay tuned to see how this idea unfolds for the future!
We are currently developing our Gathered Waters Artists Trip slated for 2018. As a forum for artists and photographers, our hopes are to foster and promote art for Idaho youth through this special trip. We are working on funding a variety of artists who create works on the river, plein air style. These works would then get auctioned to support youth programs through the Idaho Commission on the Arts.