• Location: Kicking Horse River, BC
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 118.18 View price calendar

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Experience a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure and fantastic scenery on the Kicking Horse River during this half-day tour from Banff, Canmore or Lake Louise. During your 2-2.5 hour 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, Canmore 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

What You Can Expect

Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting

Kicking Horse River

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 Canmore, Lake Louise or Banff, which starts at 9am or 1pm depending on the time of year. 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 Canmore, Lake Louise or Banff, or make your own way home.

Customer Reviews

Keith W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. Water was lower this time of year so the rapids were a bit less intimidating. Kyle was an awesome guide. We always felt comfortable with him. He always talked and kept the boat lively. This was my first time and I will definitely start this as a new obsession. Beautiful, spectacular scenery and great, efficient company to work with. I would suggest driving to Hydra if you have a rental car. The transportation option can be a bit slower with more stops. You are so tired at the end of the day you just want to get back to your hotel. Organized, awesome, friendly company.

Neil S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Kyle was amazing and made me feel safe throughout the day. Travel with husband and 19 and 21 year olds. All loved the tour

Steve B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fantastic trip. A must do! Great staff from being picked up to the raft tour and even bbq. Highly recommended

Susan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

An absolutely fantastic trip. Our guide Anthea was so funny, she had us in stitches. I was a bit concerned because Anthea is tiny but WOW, she could make that raft do everything she wanted it to! The lunch was great cheese burger and potato salad. The safety induction was very professional and the whole trip was one of the highlights of our Trans Canada holiday. There are a lot of rafting companies in the area but you really should give Hydra a go - they are terrific!

Juan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour was amazing!

kim t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

OMG highlight of our holiday for sure. This was our first time ever rafting and it was so amazing. Rob our guide was fantastic and so much fun. Everything ran so smoothly and the lunch was just perfect. Everything is well explained and demonstrated for you and all gear supplied is in good order. Can't wait to try this again one day.

Patrick D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Everything was as advertised. The guides were personable and very skilled. The lunch was filling and all the staff very helpful and friendly. Would go again with this company.

j Taylor G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was the best decision of our vacation in Banff! The tour guide, Dave, was very experienced and very nice. He made sure that we all felt safe, but had a great time. The rapids were exciting but it always felt like he had everything under control. The facilities were very nice - there were changing rooms to get in and out of your swimsuit and wet suit. We were worried about being cold, but they provide you with all the gear and cover-ups you need so you are actually very comfortable and even welcomed the cold splash of glacier water in your face! Highly recommend this trip as a great way to see beautiful sights and experience some thrills!

Michelle N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We are on holiday in Canada and this was recommended by a friend who had previously done this activity... It was fantastic and the guide JARO was brilliant fun whilst being professional... We all had a fantastic day out... Full marks

Elisa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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