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Illecillewaet River Rafting

The Illecillewaet River is a river located in British Columbia, Canada. Formed by the Illecillewaet Glacier in Glacier National Park, the river flows approximately 62 km to the southwest, where it flows into the Columbia River at Revelstoke.

The Illecillewaet has been of importance since the discovery in 1881 of an approach along the river to what is now known as the Rogers Pass across the Selkirk Mountains. This pass, discovered by a surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railway named A.B. Rogers, ultimately became the route through the Selkirks of Canada's first transcontinental railway. In 1962 the Trans-Canada Highway was constructed along the Illecillewaet west of Rogers Pass.

The watershed surrounding the river was quickly recognized to be of exceptional ecological significance, and Glacier National Park was established in the area in 1886, followed by Mount Revelstoke National Park in 1914.

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