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Covid-19 2020-06-16T11:24:20+00:00

OPEN FOR FUN STARTING JUNE 27TH

WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS SUMMER 2020

We are ready, more than ever for the ultimate digital detox. After starting the season alone down the river we are more than eager to say that we have missed you! Rafting is just not the same without your smiles and laughter. 

We have had a lot of us time to think about you time. We’ve come up with the best way to still operate trips and we are stoked to be able to do that! – with a few modifications of course.

COVID-19 – WHAT WE KNOW

Provincial Health Authorities continue to recommend against non-essential personal travel at this time, but we are excited to welcome in-town guests to enjoy KRC activities in Kimberley’s fun & relaxing outdoor spaces.

Outdoor recreation remains the most encouraged form of activity from the Provincial Health Authorities for its reduced risk of transmission, and the benefits of mental, physical, and emotional wellness. 

To continue on the path toward wellness, we have created a Covid-19 Response Plan. Your family’s well-being has always been at the forefront of our adventure pursuits. 

PEACE OF MIND 

Managing risk is what we do. Kootenay Raft Co. is committed to giving you peace of mind every step of the way. Working with guidelines set by the Provincial Health Officer and Best Practices encouraged by the BCROA (BC River Outfitters Association), the KRC team has put the following measures in place to make your experience as fluid and enjoyable as possible.  To read our full Co Covid-19 Response Plan, click here 

OUR RESPONSE  – NEW POLICIES IN PLACE 

Physical Distance Measures Policy

New check-in procedures. Meet at our outfitting location for outdoor check-in, outfitting, safety talk. Location in an email confirmation.

Changes to our office and outfitting locations with sanitization stations, physical distancing barriers, markers, and signage to encourage and remind guests and staff to follow policies and procedures.

Employee PPE for required times. 

Enforcing physical distancing of at least 2m whenever possible and use of non-medical masks (buff style face coverings for safety and comfort), when physical distancing isn’t possible.

Limiting group size. Transportation for our activities will not exceed 22 people.

Payment by credit card or debit only.

Cleaning & Sanitation Policy and Checklists

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols and frequency including all gear, vehicles, and surfaces that follow government and industry guidelines.

Gear such as paddle handles, river booties, life jackets, and wetsuits will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected then put in rotation. Rotation of gear such as river booties, life jackets, and wetsuits.

Employee Illness & Health Monitoring Policy  

Daily monitoring of our staff’s health.

Guest Health Monitoring Checklist

Monitoring of guest’s health.  Every group will be emailed a self-assessment prior to their trip and each guest will sign a declaration of health again on their arrival, including:

  1. have you experienced a new onset of cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days?
  2. have you been in close contact with anyone with Covid-19 related symptoms in the last 14 days?
  3. have you traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  4. do you consent to contact tracing?

Peace of Mind Cancellation Policy

Travel with peace of mind. KRC has implemented a 100% refund cancellation policy for COVID related illness or COVID related restrictions to your travel. 

Employee COVID-19 Training 

Detailed and ongoing staff training of our COVID-19 Response Plan, including cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing protocols.

Continuous review of our policies and procedures to ensure compliance with government and industry guidelines and to increase safety and experience to our guests and staff. 

YOUR COOPERATION  – NEW POLICIES IN PLACE FOR GUESTS

Guest Illness & Health Policy 

Do not book an activity or rentals if you’re feeling sick or showing symptoms of Covid-19 (fever, cough, sore throat, sneezing, difficulty breathing), have been around someone who’s sick or has Covid-19, or have returned back to Canada in the last 14 days.

Physical Distancing Policy & Face Coverings

Maintain physical distancing (minimum of 2 m) whenever possible. Wear non-medical face covering on when distancing measures is not possible. As required by Transport Canada, face coverings are required when traveling on the bus. Buffs are available for purchase. 

Cleaning & Sanitation Policy and Checklists

Wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Sanitation stations will be available in our office, vehicles, and outfitting area. Sanitization of hands is required before and after using point of sale equipment, retail purchases, transportation, and handling personal snacks. Please sign your digital waiver that is sent via a link in our confirmation email prior to your trip to avoid unnecessary contact. 

Attire & Personal Belongings 

To reduce the risk of transmission, please arrive prepared. Although we have outdoor change rooms available at the start of the trip, we recommend wearing your swimwear under your clothes. Pack a small bag with a towel and dry clothes for changing on the bus after the trip. Leave unnecessary items in your hotel or vehicle.

Contact Tracing

All participants in KRC tour activities and rentals must agree to contact tracing. Your name and group members’ names, date and time of activity, and contact information will be recorded for contract tracing measures. This ensures that you or other participants will be informed in the event of a COVID related outbreak. 

Zero Tolerance Policy

As Dr. Henry encourages, “Be calm, be kind, be safe”.  Please be patient and respectful during this fluid time. For the health, safety, and enjoyment for all of our guests, please abide by the COVID Response policies outlined. These policies have been adopted from the Ministry of Health and BC Rivers Outfitters Association to allow us to be able to provide activities and rentals during this uncertain time. If you are unable to comply you will be asked to leave. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

… FINALLY, LET’S PLAY!

Now that that is out of the way, let’s get outside our doors where there are endless places to discover and experience what living the Kootenay Life is all about. Live in the moment, as we share with you the best of the Kootenays. You’ll ease right into the pulse between adventurous afternoons and the post-ride bevy. Kimberley is jammed packed with many hidden gems for both adults and kids. Only minutes from Kootenay Raft Co. WATERSHED BASECAMP is access to pristine rivers, lakes, and world-class biking and hiking trails. 

All that to say, we are so excited to finally welcome you back. We’ll stop jibber jabbing so we can get outside to play!

QUICK TIPS

TRAVEL TOGETHER: Plan to book a boat with your travel pod to decrease the risk of transmission. Face coverings are required for mixed groups. 

WAIVERS:  Sign digital waiver (KRC Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, and Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement & Rental Agreement Form) before your activity to decrease the risk of transmission.

PAYMENT: Pre-pay online or credit/debit payment only.

EAT & DRINK: To adhere to guidelines, we have suspended our food program.  Eat and drink beforehand, and bring a snack and beverage.

BE READY: Come prepared, dress in your swimwear under your clothes. Pack a small bag with a towel and dry clothes. Leave unnecessary items in your hotel or vehicle.

BATHROOM: Use the restroom prior to your arrival. We will have an outhouse available after your trip if needed. 

QUESTIONS?: Give us a call or email and we can answer any of your questions that you still may have. 250-427-3266 | info@kootenayrafting.ca

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COVID-19: KRC OPEN JUNE 27th.

KRC is opening for physically distanced activities including rafting, kayaking, and rentals. At this time tours will be limited to group size, pods of groups that have traveled together for select departures, and/or socially distanced measures for mixed groups. Read more about our COVID-19 Response Plan.

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