Frequently asked questions
What is Canyoning?
This emerging outdoors activity is about descending a canyon following its watercourse and negotiating your way down the waterfalls as they cascade down into pools of water. There are multiple ways to move through canyons, including walking, rappelling (abseiling), jumping, swimming, scrambling and sliding.
What is the difference between Canyoning and Canyoneering?
Different word, same meaning, Canyoneering is usually used in the USA, and also refer to dry Canyons. Canyoning mainly refers to technical wet canyons.
What is the difference between Rappelling and Abseiling?
Nothing! Different word, same meaning
What is the difference between Canyoning and Rock Climbing?
In canyoning, nearly 80% of the time is spent in the water and the activity is about going down versus rock climbing is about going up. Lots of rock climbing techniques, knots and equipment are very similar to the ones we use in canyons but also, many rock climbing techniques would not be appropriate even dangerous if used in a wet canyons environment.
What makes the West Coast a good canyoning destination?
Most canyons along BC’s south coast are easily accessible and the presence of granite rock formations create conditions that are both grippy and smooth enough to create natural waterslides. The deep, clear pools offer a chance to get up close and personal with diverse creatures of the ush rainforests. British Columbia is a fairly new canyoning destination and we believe it is destined to become a hot spot among the international canyoning community with endless opportunities to discover and open new canyons.
Is canyoning safe?
Canyoning has an element of risk, like any other outdoor activities and requires we respect the inhospitable environments we are visiting.
When is the time of the year season?
What’s the best next step after a first canyoning experience?
If you became addicted to canyoning and would like to make it your sport, you can come back and do an intermediate or advanced trip with bigger jumps and rappel or you can take a training course (organized or private) and sanction by the Canadian Canyoning Association and the Canyon Guide International organization an International Canyoning Organisation for professionals.
What if I have pre-existing injury & medical conditions?
Can anyone go canyoning?
Other than minimal requirements that need to be fulfilled, no particular experience is required by the participants: you just have to be keen to try something new.
Canyoning emphasizes aesthetics and fun rather than pure difficulty. Some people do it for adventure and adrenaline and for other people, it’s about exploring these beautiful places and getting access to these deep gorges that are otherwise inaccessible.
What if I don’t like heights?
For anyone who’s a little nervous with heights (or completely new to working with ropes), this is a perfect introduction. We get it, the initial feeling of lowering yourself off a rock can be a little daunting, but as soon as you realize that you’re completely in control of your speed you’ll feel confident in your new skills. On the other hand, If you are suffering from an irrational fear of heights, maybe this activity will not be as enjoyable as it could be. Contact us to discuss it.
What if I don't want to slide or jump?
Jumps or slides are always optional. If a jump or a slide is too high, too difficult, or too fast for you, then your guide will be happy to let you rappel or lower you down instead.
What if it is raining?
Where do I meet you for my canyoning trip?
We will meet you at the canyon! This will be sent to you on your booking confirmation.
How do I prepare for canyoning and what should I bring?
What Canyoning equipment is supplied:
Can I bring camera canyoning?
Yes! But make sure it is fully waterproof. GoPro-style cameras are perfect for canyoning. Cameras cannot be mounted or strapped to the helmet or other safety equipment, and your hands must be free at all times in the canyon. The proper functioning of your safety equipment is absolutely paramount and don’t forget, we’re taking pictures too and they’re free!
To ensure you have the flexibility to amend plans if you become ill or are effected by travel restrictions, we’re extending our cancellation policy. This applies to all current bookings, and any future bookings made until further notice.
What about COVID-19 risk mitigation
WCCA takes the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and understands that we all need to work together to limit transmission, protect vulnerable citizens, and prevent community transmission. This is an added risk to our outdoor activity, but we are no strangers to managing risk with solid protocols and Personal Protective Equipment. After all risk management is what we do and we do it well!