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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
On Friday, July 6, 2012 Riverfront Chalets & Rafting Newfoundland will be partnering with Gyula Takacs of Hungaroraft and combining over 40 years of whitewater experience to bring adventure to a whole new extreme in Grand Falls-Windsor!
Experience the excitement of rafting through an 80 foot vertical walled deepwater canyon and riding a roller coaster of waves crashing around you; your adrenaline will be pumping all day! This two hour excursion through the Exploits River Canyon features non-stop excitement with some of the biggest rapids on the island!
For the even more adventurous, try running the rapids at eye level on a hydrospeed board. This unique experience is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada and will help establish Grand Falls-Windsor as the adventure capital of the East Coast. Whether on raft or Hydrospeed board, this trip is intense and requires strong and confident swimmers in good physical condition. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
In conjunction with the Exploits River Appreciation Week (July 1 – July 7) Canyon Adventures will be auctioning off seats on their inaugural run and donating all of the proceeds to local Scouts Canada & Girl Guides of Canada groups. Riverfront Chalets & Rafting Newfoundland has a long and proud history of fighting for the preservation of the Exploits River and the natural beauty that surrounds it. Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada are well known for their dedication to teaching youth the importance of protecting and appreciating our natural world. The money raised from the auction will help provide quality programs to over 200 local youth.
The winning bidders will be the first clients to ever run this incredible new rafting adventure, and will receive a commemorative DVD recording their epic journey through the Canyon. You can be a part of local history, and support two very valuable youth organizations at the same time.
To place your bid, please visit www.CanyonAdventures.ca and click on the link at the top of the page. Charitable receipts will be issued for winning bids of $50 or greater. Through your generosity, we are planning to raise at least $2,000 which will make an incredible difference to the youth in Grand Falls-Windsor.
As exciting as this new rafting adventure is, you can expect a great deal more to come! Canyon Adventures has big, BIG plans for Grand Falls-Windsor!
See you on the river!
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Based on the reviews of our customers, we have been rated Newfoundland & Labrador’s #1 specialty lodging destination on TripAdvisor.com!
If you are not familiar with TripAdvisor, they are the most trusted source for accommodation and restaurant reviews on the internet. It is quite an honour for us to rank so highly on such a trusted website.
If you haven’t done so, please take the time to write a review about your Riverfront Chalets or Rafting Newfoundland vacation by visiting our page on TripAdvisor .
We always strive to exceed our customers’ expectations in everything we do, and with your feedback we will continue to get better and better.
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that voted for us! We promise to continue to deliver top-notch service!
Check out the latest edition of Sledworthy Magazine online: http://t.co/AEbkjYrN. There is an excellent write up on sledding in Central!
Nothing beats having the magazine in hand though, and a Sledworthy subscription is a great deal: 2yrs, 10 editions for under $20! You can get your subscription at Sledworthy.com
See you on the trails!
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Last weekend we were honoured to receive the Sustainable Tourism Award presented by Parks Canada at the Hospitality Newfoundland convention in Gander
The Sustainable Tourism Award recognizes that the long term sustainability of tourism depends on the delivery of a high quality product and a welcoming spirit among our employees and our host communities. It also depends on the wise use and conservation of our natural resources; the protection and enhancement of our environment; and the preservation of our cultural, historic and aesthetic resources.
Riverfront Chalets and Rafting started with a main product of rafting and has since expanding to offer canoeing, sea kayaking and white water kayaking courses along with packages that include instruction, rentals, and guided day and multiday tours.
Riverfront Chalets also features four and a half star fully equipped chalets with landscaping that showcases character in the huge rock walls, the outdoor river-front saltwater hot-tub and the interlocked wooded decks that connect it all together. Carved into the natural landscape with as little disturbance to nature as possible, extreme care was taken in constructing the chalets to ensure no unnecessary trees were harmed, and whenever possible only local building materials were used.
Over the last 15 years Riverfront Chalets and Rafting has been involved with many initiatives to protect the Exploits River from further industrial harm and to enshrine it as a model of sustainable adventure tourism. With beliefs that are all about fostering appreciation and enjoyment of natural and cultural heritage resources, every single service provided leads Riverfront back to this objective.
This award was presented at the Tourism Professional Development Luncheon by Carol Sheedy, Parks Canada.
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Chalets – South Brook
Well I can’t say enough about this trip! It’s a route that you will consider as one of the best, if not the best trip you had ever done. If you have decent GPS skills you can easily do this one with-out a guide.
We had our first client based trip last Tuesday and the feedback was excellent! I can give you the main points and junctions in this trip description but it would be best if you uploaded the track to your GPS.
We left the chalets last Tuesday at 9 in the morning with 5 customers and two good friends…all eager for a long, scenic ride on a beautiful clear day. Leaving the chalets we went straight across the highway on Cornfield road and traveled to Rocky Brook warm up shack which took about 45 minutes. There we stopped for a break and chat about the beautiful day and the trip ahead. I didn’t want to stop too long as I knew we had much ground to cover and little extra time in the case of mechanical issues.
Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Hello all. My apologies for the belated update but its been a busy fall with upgrades to the chalets and land as well as the house. The good news is that the riding on the Trans-Canada trail and backcountry roads is excellent! We have snowmobilers in last weekend who put over 300KM on and we rode 200KM yesterday and had a blast. If you want powder the Gaff is the place to go. There are long sections of 8 foot drifts along the tracks. You can ride on the open country but you have to be careful of rocks and take your time. As you can see from the picture there are lots of caribou on the Gaff. This was one herd of the three we saw as well as a couple loners. Cornfield road and all around Badger Lake is awesome although you still click the road here and there. We are headed into the backcountry chalet on Monica today to see what it is like in that way. The large rock resting on three small rocks you see accompanied by Janice Goudie (who no doubt has a big smile on her face) is one of the many interesting glacial deposits on the Gaff.
As for the chalets we have now have a roof over the hot-tub…skylights and all. I think you are going to love it and less snow shoveling for me too LOL! We have new outdoor lighting installed in the chalet driveways and parking lot. Much of Feb is booked although we have one chalet left for the weekends of the 17th and 24th. The weekdays of the second and last week have openings as well. There is still lots of space during Jan and March. Don’t forget that we have great riding until late April! Last year we went until May 5th on the Gaff and the riding was excellent with loads of the white stuff. Looking forward to riding with you this winter. If you don’t have machines or you want to introduce a friend to the best pastime in Newfoundland don’t forget we have sleds for rent. Anyway time for me to scoot and burn some gas!
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
We will be regularly monitoring the local snow conditions on the Gaff Topsails and Hodges Hill area. You can view these snow reports on our website and our highway sign. Once the snow arrives, Paul will also be making regular blog posts providing all the details.
The snow, or lack thereof, on the highway is an inaccurate way to determine the conditions on the trails and backcountry, and the weather forecast in Grand Falls-Windsor is just as misleading. For the past two seasons we have had incredible snow conditions from mid January until late April. During the 2010 snowmobile season there was green grass in Grand Falls-Windsor, but there was still a two meter snow base on most of the Hodges Hill area! In our 2011 snowmobile season, Paul took his last trip to the Gaff Topsails on May 5th, and on the high Gaff there was no sign of the snow leaving anytime soon!
The rating system is as follows:
• It’s a winter wonderland! Excellent conditions for winter activities!
• Consistent snow base. Good conditions for all winter activities.
• Some snow, not ideal conditions but winter activities are possible.
Based on the previous two seasons, you can book with confidence that we will have good or excellent snow conditions from the beginning of February right through to Easter. Weekends are quickly selling out already, so please book your vacation soon so you are not disappointed. You should consider traveling on a weekday; our weekday chalet and snowmobile tour packages start at just $105/person!
Hope to see you this winter!
Saturday, August 27th, 2011
As most of you already know from our Facebook page, we are in the process of testing a new exciting rafting adventure to offer in conjunction with our hugely successful Badger Run Rafting Adventure. We are looking for energetic thrill seekers that are ready to take white water rafting to the next level!
The Canyon Run rafting trip is a completely intense experience that takes all the most thrilling elements of the Badger Run, makes them bigger, and packs them into a very short stretch of the river. We start the trip across from the old mill in Grand Falls, and immediately plunge into the incredible Class Three Mill Bridge rapid. This one rapid is bigger than anything we run on the Badger Run, and it’s only the beginning! We’ll often paddle back and run the rapid a few times; each time we re-enter the rapid we run at least a 50/50 chance of flipping the boat and taking a good swim. Like all white-water, the key is not to panic, we’ll have at least two safely kayaks following the raft closely (besides, flipping the raft is part of the experience on this run!).
After we’ve had our fill of the bridge rapid, we turn the corner and play on some class one and two surfing holes. Keeping the surf on these waves requires precision and a lot of paddle power, so we don’t always make it (but regardless it’s a HUGE splash).
We have a very short breather before heading into the largest rapid of the trip, the CLASS FOUR Canyon Rapid (that’s right, Class 4!). The Canyon Rapid is formed by a dramatic narrowing of the river creating MASSIVE waves coming from seemingly every direction all at once. This is truly the thrill of a lifetime, and not for the faint of heart! (check out this video of the Canyon!)
Once we’ve cleared the Canyon we paddle hard to plough into another Class 2 surf hole, guaranteed for another big splash, and take a quick break to discuss our plan to hit our final rapid, the legendary Virgin Wave.
The Virgin Wave is a giant Class Three surf hole. If you enjoyed the class one surf hole at Rose’s Roost (riding the bull), you will LOVE the Virgin Wave! Hitting the Virgin requires precision and power, and absolutely requires everyone to work as a team, but when we hit the surf it is like nothing you’ve ever experienced! The best part is that when we get washed out (or flip, as is often the case) we can walk the raft up the shore and hit it again… and again! Here is a video of us surfing the Virgin for a heart-stopping 22 seconds!
We’re unofficially running select thrill seekers down the Canyon on a few nights this week. It’s an informal trip that starts about 6:30pm and finishes usually around 9pm. You will be part of the team of paddlers that is helping us perfect this run to hopefully launch next summer! There are a few important qualifications for rafters hoping to come out for our trial runs:
- - Must be 18 years or older
- - Must have completed our Badger Run rafting tour, and have tried the Badger Chute swim and “Riding the Bull” (this helps show us you’re ready to take it to the next level)
- - Must be reasonably fit, and have no medical conditions that prevent paddling
- - Must be ready to get really, really wet! The raft *will* flip and/or dump everyone out, it’s not a matter of “if”, just a matter of how many times!
- - Must complete a disclaimer and allow us permission to use any photos or videos taken on the tour to be used for training and marketing purposes
- - Must be ready for the thrill of a lifetime!
If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 709-486-0892 for more information.
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Monday, August 8th, 2011
Take full advantage of the network of trails and back roads that spread out from the chalets to locations all over Central Newfoundland. Take a quick ride up the TransCanada Trail to Badger, travel the Aspen Brook Resource Road to Aspen Pond or down to beautiful Cornfield lake, or make a day of it and bike to the summit of Hodges Hill! The options are endless!
We have maps available for all imaginable locations on the island, and would be happy to provide tips on how to make the most of your day riding.
A helmet will be supplied with all bike rentals, and it is required to be worn at all times while riding.
4-hour rental: $25 Full day rental: $45
(prices include applicable taxes)
Monday, August 8th, 2011
Geocaching is a world-wide, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location with the help of a few basic clues. Geocaching is an excellent activity for people of all ages; everyone loves a good treasure hunt!
We have a full Geocaching Kit available to rent, which includes a GPS unit with a huge assortment of caches (treasures) pre-programmed, as well as print outs of all 41 geocaches hidden in the area and helpful maps. We’ll teach you how to use the GPS unit, and what to do when you find your first geocache. We’ll also help you set up your own free geocaching account so you can log your finds and continue the treasure hunt when you return home from your vacation. There are geocaches all over the world, and there is even one aboard the International Space Station!
The local Geocaches are organized into five areas:
Corduroy Brook Pond Nature Reserve
Corduroy Brook Pond Nature Reserve is perfect for a family getaway any time of year. This pristine reserve is located in Grand Falls-Windsor just 20km east of the chalets, and is home to 15 separate geocaches!
TransCanada Highway/Trail Caches
If you’re looking for something to do on your way to or from town, why not try the TransCanada Highway/Trail caches? There are 6 caches hidden along the highway in some very unique and beautiful locations!
Exploits River Water Caches
If you’re looking to combine a great day on the river with a fun day of treasure hunting, you should consider trying the Exploits River water caches! There are 7 caches hidden on the remote shoreline or on the ruggedly beautiful islands along our self-guided canoe/kayak tour
In the little community of Badger just 10km west of us you can find 6 geocaches scattered throughout town and along the Exploits River. You could drive to Badger, take your quad/ATV, or rent one of our mountain bikes and make an adventure out of it!
Geocaching: FREE! Optional Kit Rental: $20
(prices include applicable taxes)