Check out our variety of 2019 specialty trips, designed for all interests and walks of life. In mid-August, we will feature Wilderness YOGA for 12 Days on the Middle Fork & Main Salmon. Later in August, we have our LGBTQ River Pride 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. In September we will be hosting a LADIES ONLY trip Women’s Adventure Retreat. Check out our detailed descriptions of all these trips below.
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. Join Jessica Winters and Canyons each day as we practice a select yoga sequence, meditation, and commitment to our well being. Add an experienced adventure-based yoga instructor, expert rafting guides, gourmet food, hot springs and some of the wildest stretches of navigable rivers in North America and you have the ideal way to reconnect with yourself and the earth. Read here for more details. (This trip will originate at Indian Creek guard station and will require a backcountry flight to get to the put in.)
Celebrating Diversity …Idaho style! As the only gay-owned company on the Middle Fork, join Canyons outfitter Greg McFadden as we host this annual tradition on the beautiful Middle Fork of the Salmon. Explore the wilderness with a colorful mix of characters, new and old friends alike. Enjoy a variety of old and new world wines, presented by sommelier Emily Sedgwick, of Aspen, Colorado. Emily brings with her a diverse knowledge of wines and a 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 authentic Maryland Crab Cakes and mouth-watering grilled New York Strip. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, in the Heart of the Frank Church Wilderness, with beautiful Fall colors, exciting whitewater and crystal clear waters that are filled with glorious trophy-sized trout. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime. (This trip will originate at Indian Creek guard station and will require a backcountry flight to get to the put in.)
What is it about incredible food that it makes you close your eyes, utter a moan of delight and leave you wanting more? Why does it take over your senses, stir your emotions and tantalize your thoughts? Why is wine such an amazing compliment to food? Join Pug Ostling, formerly of the Grape Escape wine bar in downtown Boise and our very own “WHIZZY”, Lisa Whisnant, our Chef and senior guide here at Canyons. Together they will pair spectacular dishes like grilled duck breast with a cinnamon cabernet sauce, with new and old world wines. Pug will educate and explore your wine palate while Whizzy treats your taste buds to a culinary journey you will never forget. Together we will “eat, drink and be merry” on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Main Salmon River. The last night of the trip will be spent at the historic Mackay Bar Lodge. On the final morning of the trip, you will fly off the river in a backcountry plane (arranged by us) back to Boise, Salmon or McCall. (PLEASE NOTE: A BACK COUNTRY FLIGHT OUT FROM MACKAY BAR ON THE LAST DAY OF THE TRIP IS REQUIRED. Because our guests have different origination points, the final destination to McCall, Salmon, or Boise will determine the final TRIP PRICE and flight costs.)
Anna Levesque with ‘Girls at Play’ and Melissa DeMarie with ‘Cali Collective’ join together for 6 days of celebrating women who like to get outside and ADVENTURE! Experience the beautiful Main Salmon as Autumn sets in, with exciting whitewater, tranquil flat water, big sandy beaches, fall colors, and spectacular wilderness. Enjoy hiking on 200-year-old trails, morning and afternoon yoga sessions, paddling exploration and instruction, well balanced, nutritious fresh prepared foods catered to an Ayurvedic style diet and the wonderful camaraderie of fellow women travelers. Experience the river in an inflatable kayak, hardshell kayak (class III-IV experience required), stand up paddle board, paddle boat or oar raft. Sleep under the stars, tell stories by the campfire, read a book next to the river, journal, paint, meditate or do whatever your heart desires with the caring support of like-minded ladies.
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 888 634 2600. Furthermore, if you are passionate about a non-profit that may be a good fit to host on the river, please let us know. The Middle Fork and Main have changed our lives. We are looking to you to help us influence and better the lives of others.
CANYONS Guides “Give Backs”. Every summer, we empower one of our guides in choosing a non-profit to donate a future trip to. It is our way of involving our guide family in the giving process. If you are from one of these selected non-profits, expect to hear from one of our guides. She or he will walk you through the booking process and show you how to use this generous donation to aid in your fundraising efforts.
Canyons Outfitter, Greg McFadden, is a proud board member of the Redside Foundation.