Combo Package; raft through exciting whitewater rapids through Horseshoe Canyon, then take a scenic horseback ride along the glacier-fed Bow River.

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Included: Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting (8:15am – 12:00pm)

Start your day with exciting whitewater thrills on class 3-4 whitewater rapids at Horseshoe Canyon on the Bow River, and try a scenic cliff jump if you dare! During the quiet stretches, lift your eyes skyward and see large birds of prey soaring above.

Included: 1 Hour Bow River Horseback Ride (various times available)

This popular Banff horseback ride takes you along the Bow River in Banff while watching for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular scenery. You’ll also ride past the natural sulphur hot springs flowing from the Cave & Basin – the original historic hot springs.

Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.

The best parts of the Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour for most people include the following:


1.5 - 2 Hours on the Bow River

Enjoy up to two hours rafting through shale canyons and awesome whitewater, surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The River Class is 3 – 4 and offers spectacular scenery and big waves.

Optional cliff jump and swim

A medium or big cliff jump for the adventurous during the float section.

Everything is provided!

The tour includes free professional photos, equipment, professional guides, instruction and facilities.

The best parts of the Bow River Horseback Ride for most people include the following:


Bow River

Your horse will guide you along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows, with unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains.

Cave & Basin Hot Springs

Pass by the historic Cave and Basin – the birth place of Banff National Park. Here craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water.
The tour starts at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge at 8:15am (meet time 8:10am) and finishes at 12pm, approximately 4 hours. This includes a short drive to the river and 1.5 to 2 hours on the water.
The tour includes 1.5 – 2 hours on the river (including a 20 minute float to finish up), a professional river guide with each boat, an optional river swim and free professional photos. All safety equipment including clean and dry wetsuits, wetsuit booties, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket and a helmet is provided. The tour winds through scenic views of the front range of the Rocky Mountain Ranges and occasionally we see wildlife such as osprey, bald eagles, deer and bears.

The Nakoda Lakeside Lodge has clean port-a-potties, male and female change tents and ample free parking.

The meeting point is at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge, located on Highway 1A approximately 25 minutes from Canmore and 45 minutes from Banff and Calgary. Detailed driving directions are included in your booking confirmation. There is ample free parking at the riverbase and you will brought back to your vehicle at the end of the tour.
Please wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring warm clothes, a face mask, hand sanitizer, and a towel in a bag for after the tour. We also suggest bringing a toque or hat for colder days, to wear under the helmet. Your belongings can be stored in the bus or your own car while you are on the river.

You can wear sunglasses/glasses as long as these are secured with a strap or piece of string, and contact lenses are usually okay if you are comfortable swimming with them and tell your guide. Sunscreen is great on a hot day for any areas not covered by the wetsuit, but avoid putting it above or near your eyes. You can bring your own waterproof camera or GoPro which can be secured with your own chest harness or on a helmet with a GoPro mount, but we are not responsible for loss or damage of your equipment.

Anything else! It isn’t recommended to bring your camera and rafters aren’t permitted to wear their own wetsuit or to wear anything that could cause a hazard while on the tour.
When you are making your reservation please let the agent know and they will check with the rafting team. On the day please bring any medication you may need and inform your guide of any medical conditions.
No rafting experience is necessary, and we provide a Professional River Guide with each boat who will explain and demonstrate paddle, safety and emergency techniques. This includes dryland safety instructions and practicing paddling on the river before the waves.

Guests should be physically fit and have a reasonable swimming ability. If you have never rafted before or do not know how to swim, we recommend the Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting Tour, as the rapids and river are not as strong as the other tours.

You will go through class 3 & 4 rapids during your tour, which is ideal for adventure lovers. This is a moderate trip, exciting but not difficult. Check out the Whitewater Rafting Rapid Classification Guide for more information: http://chinookrafting.com/plan-and-book/river-classifications/.

The tour is run by Chinook Rafting who have been operating whitewater rafting tours as a licensed company in the province of Alberta since 1983 and all of the rafting guides are trained in Swiftwater Rescue and First Aid & CPR. What this means for you is that they are confident that they can manage, not eliminate, the risks today to offer you an exciting and fun day on the river, creating as safe a framework as they can, given what we are doing. However, it is important to remember that we are not on a track, this isn’t Disneyland!  The fact that we’re not on a track adds excitement to what we’re doing, but it also adds inherent risks.

The tour is a one hour horseback ride. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour is a one-hour horseback ride along the Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin site. You will be provided with a brief riding instruction, a helmet, a friendly horse, and lead and tail guides riding at each end of the small group.
Please meet at Banff Trail Riders Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. When you arrive, please check-in for your ride at the office in the east barn which has signs for ‘Banff Trail Riders Stables’ and ‘office’. The stables are located approximately a five minute drive or a 20 minute walk from downtown Banff, and there is plenty of free parking at the site.

Please see the below map for the location of Banff Trail Riders Stables:

Horseback Riding Map of the Stables in Banff, Canadian Rockies

Please ensure that you arrive 30 minutes before the ride is scheduled to depart.
You must wear sturdy, closed toed shoes enclosed to the ankle and long pants are best for riding. Please note that sandals of any kind are not permitted. Helmets are provided and are mandatory for all riders and mosquito repellent is highly recommended.
No experience is necessary and if you’ve never been riding before then we’ll be sure to pair you with the perfect horse so you can enjoy a comfortable ride. Our guides will also provide a brief riding instruction prior to the ride.
Guests cannot bring a backpack on the horse.
Horseback rides run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Please do not wear a rain poncho, as they can flap in the wind and spook the horses.
There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 24 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
  • Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
  • The minimum age is 12 years and the minimum weight per person is 90 lbs. If the guest is unaccompanied by an adult then the minimum age is 16 years old for whitewater rafting, and all minors under 18 years old participating in a horse activity must have a legal guardian on the ride with them.
  • The maximum weight per person is 230lbs / 104kg, fully dressed (your weight may need to be verified on our scales).
  • A waiver must be completed for both tours and is a condition of participation, this will be sent through upon booking. In addition, a Parental Consent form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any child under the age of 18 years prior to arrival. This is especially important if you are bringing someone else’s child (under 18 years old) rafting.
  • Riders must check in at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Riders must wear fully enclosed shoes (no heels).
  • Each rider must be able to speak and understand fluent English.
  • Riders must be in good physical condition.
  • Helmets are mandatory and to be worn by all riders.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • COVID-19: Guests should not attend our tour if showing any signs or symptoms of illness.
  • COVID-19: Guests must wear a non-surgical face covering while on the whitewater rafting shuttle.

Refunds are not issued if guests are disqualified from participating due to not meeting these requirements.

Please note that the Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour requires a minimum of 8 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.

Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting Rapids
Blue skies for whitewater rafting on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
Class 4 rafting rapids fun on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
Take a guided Banff horseback ride with your friendly guide with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Ride into Banff's backcountry on a horseback trail ride from Warner Stables with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies