Kicking Horse River, BC

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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
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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
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.


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, Jul 2018

I was a bit nervous when booking this tour as I've never been rafting before. I booked it for my husband and myself. From the check-in to the end of the trip everything was great. The staff was so helpful at explaining everything. We actually drove ourselves to the Hydra site from Banff, which was great because we had time to stop by and do the lower falls trail at Johnston Canyon on our way to Kicking Horse River (we booked the afternoon river trip). By the time we arrived for the afternoon trip lunch was ready! We had a grilled burger and potato salad, pasta salad, and some brownies all.
Our river guide was Dave O. I can't say enough about how great of a guide he was. He's definitely been doing this for a long time so it made for a fun trip down the river! The water was chilly but the gear they give you was more than enough to keep the body warm. I actually welcomed the splash of cold water. You can't go wrong with booking this trip! I highly recommend it! Thanks so much Hydra for the wonderful experience!

, Jul 2018

We are visiting Canada from the US. I have a 21 year old son and an 18 year old son. They were so e cited for this adventure and it did not disappoint! Eric was our guide and he made it so easy and fun!!! Afterwards lunch was way more than expected! We had grilled cheeseburgers with sautéed onions and homemade pickles! We also were served potato salad and pasta salad that was unbelievable!! To top off the meal we had the most delicious brownies! I highly recommend This adventure through Hydra!

, Jul 2018

Brilliant tour with absoultly brilliant guides..
Worth the long drive. Lovely views and fantastic rapids. Adam the kiwi made our tour.

, Sep 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.

, Aug 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

, Aug 2017

The rafting itself was excellent and a lot of attention paid to safety. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. However after the rafting had finished we over 2 hours of travelling back still cold with wet hair in a bus without any sort of heating. We were freezing!!
I would request that the organisers fix the heating in their bus and to advise everyone to take lots of warm clothes to wear afterwards.

, Aug 2017

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

, Aug 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!

, Aug 2017

Very worthwhile trip. Wish the water levels were a little higher. Great guide and staff. Lunch was good too.

, Jul 2017

This tour was amazing!

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