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Kicking Horse River Rafting Mild Family Adventure

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Brave the fun but relatively calm waters of the Kicking Horse River on this rafting expedition, catered specifically for families with younger children. Join your guide on the leisurely Class 1 and Class 2 rapids found along a stretch of this premier rafting river, before taking a break for a BBQ lunch and some beach volleyball. Your excursion also includes all rafting equipment plus an optional hotel pickup and drop-off from Canmore, Banff or Lake Louise. Please note: This is a family trip for families with children aged 6 - 11 years.
  • Mild river-rafting family adventure on the Kicking Horse River near Banff
  • Experience the premier rafting river in the Canadian Rockies
  • Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you paddle through Class II and III rapids with your guide
  • Play some beach volleyball and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch
  • Perfect activity for families with children 6-11 years, and those seeking a calmer rafting experience
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All river-rafting equipment
Certified guide
BBQ lunch (including vegetarian options)
Local taxes
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
Photos of your adventure are available for purchase

Departure Point

Hydra River Guides, River Base, 2936 Kicking Horse Rd, Golden, BC V0A 1H0, Canada

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Sample Lunch Menu
• Choice of main dish: Alberta angus beef or vegetarian burger on a fresh-baked bun
• Assorted salads
• Chocolate brownie dessert
• Hot and cold drinks
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kicking Horse River
This family river rafting tour is on the famous Kicking Horse River, located approximately 1.25 hours west of Banff. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by your guide and given a safety orientation. Then, strap on your safety gear, hop in your raft, and start floating at a leisurely pace down the Kicking Horse River. Marvel at the scenery, lookout for wildlife and enjoy some commentary from our friendly guides. Then, it’s onto some whitewater! Get a taste of the rapids, enjoy the splashes from class 1-3 waves and maybe even share in a rival raft water fight.  At trips end, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch of juicy burgers, fresh salads and even dessert back at the private Hydra River Base. Back in dry clothes, check out your group rafting shots in our lodge and maybe pick up a souvenir of your day. Transport is available for this tour from Banff for an additional charge. However, if guests select the transport, they will be waiting at our river base for the longer trip to finish before departing back to Banff. We recommend guests drive themselves to the base.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hydra River Guides
This is our raft base and where all the action starts. Have some little adventurers and want a gentle raft trip? The Mild is perfect for families seeking a calmer river experience. Starting from our private river base, enjoy a serene float down the Kicking Horse River. Marvel at the scenery, lookout for wildlife and enjoy some commentary from our friendly guides. Then, it’s onto some whitewater! Get a taste of the rapids, enjoy the splashes from class 1-3 waves and maybe even share in a rival raft water fight. At trips end, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch of juicy burgers, fresh salads and even dessert back at the private Hydra River Base. Back in dry clothes, check out your group rafting shots in our lodge and maybe pick up a souvenir of your day.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Children must weigh at least 50 lbs (23 kg) to participate
  • This trip is reserved for families with children ages 6 to 11
  • Your trip includes all river-rafting gear: wetsuit, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket, neoprene booties and helmet. It is recommended that you bring a towel and swimsuit.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hydra River Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kicking Horse River Rafting Mild Family Adventure?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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OUR guide was excellent and we had a...
David M
, Sep 2017
OUR guide was excellent and we had a lot of fun. The only draw back was the lack of photos. Other sites have go pros for rent but kicking horse does not.
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When I booked this tour I thought it...
Kerry B
, Jul 2016
When I booked this tour I thought it was a float, so when we arrived to find that it was real rapids we were a little apprehensive. However the whole adventure was fantastic and we all thought this was probably the highlight of our holiday and there were lots of highlights. All the staff were amazing, from the bus driver who was also the photographer to the raft guide. The equipment was all good quality and the lunch was delicious. I would definitely recommend this for anyone wanting an exciting and fun day. Our group consisted of my husband who is nearly 70, myself a bit younger, my 30 daughter and son-in-law. We had in our raft a 14 year old and a 16 year old and we all managed really well with the expert instructions from our fantastic guide Eric. An amazing day.
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Great fun. Guide was superb...
Karen R
, Aug 2015
Great fun. Guide was superb. Highlight of the holiday for my children!
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Possibly my fault but i had no idea...
arehman.rajhi
, Jul 2014
Possibly my fault but i had no idea this was 1 hour and 45mts driving distance away from my hotel. I booked this as a Banff visit - actually had I known exactly where this was I would have booked it when I was staying at Lake Louise which was much closer. Nevertheless - we got up early and drove 120km into BC for this. Excellent guide, preparation and equipment - only regret was I felt slightly unsatisfied after the event - 1 hour long ride 9which is sufficient) but only to the tail end we see some Class 3 rapids and suddenly it is over. Trip could have been more balanced interim of Class 1, 2 and 3 rapids.
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