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Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting

Golden, Canada
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4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English


Experience a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure and fantastic scenery on the Kicking Horse River during this half-day tour from Banff or Lake Louise. During your ride, you’ll paddle a calm section of the river before plunging into the canyon’s exhilarating class 4+ rapids, finishing with a post-rafting BBQ lunch (provided after AM tours and before PM tours). The tour includes optional pickup and drop-off in Banff or Lake Louise, all necessary river equipment, safety briefing and professional river guides. Please note: This is an adult beginners trip for participants aged 12 years and up.
  • Whitewater rafting adventure on the Kicking Horse River, ages 12+
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Yoho National Park
  • Experience the thrills of rafting through class 4+ rapids
  • Safety briefing and professional guides
  • Pickup and drop-off from select Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise hotels
Take a heart-pumping ride through the Class 4+ rapids of Kicking Horse River on this wet-and-wild half-day white water excursion. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a fun way to cool off, this rafting trip is sure to please. 

Start your day with an optional pickup from select hotels in Lake Louise and Banff. Check with your tour operator for exact schedule. If you haven't selected the pickup option, make your own way through the picturesque Yoho National Park to the Kicking Horse put-in site in Golden, approximately 1.5 hours west of Banff. Before you jump in the boat, meet your river guides and get outfitted with necessary rafting gear.

From there, head out on the river, starting with a relatively calm stretch to allow you to get acquainted with your guides’ commands, paddle and boat. Soon the Canyon narrows and the true excitement begins, taking you on pulse-pounding trip through the thrills and spills of the river’s Class 4+ white water.

Finish your rafting odyssey 12 miles (20 kilometers) downstream, where you’ll disembark the raft for a welcome BBQ lunch (provided after AM tours and before PM tours), complete with vegetarian options. At the end of your meal, receive an optional drop-off back in Lake Louise or Banff, or make your own way home.

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Excellent Rafting Experience
, Sep 2019
Our family has been rafting before but are not experts. The ride was just the right amount of fun and excitement. We would do it again.
White water rafting!
David B
, Aug 2019
Excellent guiding down fun rapids - class 1-4!! Our guide-Adam was competent, fun and informative! We had a great time!!!
What a blast!!!
, Aug 2019
Went on this trip because my daughter was bored of class 2 and 3 rapids. Kicking horse did not disappoint!! We went with Hydra because of the reviews. The team was awesome. Our 2 guides Dave O and Adam were fantastic and so much fun. We had great people on our raft as well! Thanks Team Hydra!!
Ken D
, Aug 2019
What a GREAT experience! We had the time of our life! Great rapids, great group on the boat, weather was amazing and Dave O. was an amazing and super fun guide! Thank you so very much.
Great Experience on the Kicking Horse
, Jul 2019
We had a great time and a great guide. Family of 8 with teenagers and parents. The trip was well organized and our guide Christie was great. She was very knowledgable and kept us engaged and working together. This river is great because you get the rapids in a pretty quick time frame. Not a lot of float time, but more so going from one rapid to the next. Makes the 90 minute drive from Banff worth it. Definitely recommend this trip.
White Water Rafting with Hydra
, Jul 2019
We visited Hydra last week, July 17, 2019 while on our Canadian vacation. We went on the afternoon adventure rafting tour and absolutely LOVED IT!! A major highlight of our entire week! Our guide was Dave O. who was so chill and laid back, yet completely knew what he was doing which put any nerves at ease. Great lunch, safety education, warm gear provided and all-around awesome time on the river...we HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! 👍🏻👍🏻
Good times on the river
, Jul 2019
It was our first time white water rafting and after this, I will be on the lookout to do it more places! Luke was our guide and he was calming, informative and funny. The ride itself is a ton of fun, and you are surrounded by some beautiful scenery that you can take in when you aren’t battling rapids haha. Definitely do this!
sabena r
, Jun 2019
This was the highlight of our week. We felt completely safe but simultaneously thrilled and excited. Adam was the best captain ever!
third party booking was a problem
Kymba B
, Jul 2018
Viator is a terrible way to book this experience. The departure time was not clearly stated on the email and we ended up missing our time. We planned our vacation around this event, and we spent hundreds of dollars, but Viator refused to refund our money.
Great Staff/knowledgable/safe
, Jul 2018
Wonderful friendly staff. Fun adventure and felt safe and cared for! The food was good and the wet suits provided really made the trip comfortable despite cooler weather. Highly recommend this company to anyone.

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