9:15am, 1:15pm
Departure Time
3 Hours
Duration
12+
Age
Class 1-4
River Rapids
May-Sep
Season

The Kicking Horse River is the Ultimate Canadian Rockies Rafting with thrilling whitewater rafting with predominantly Class 4 rapids.

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What to expect from Kicking Horse—Canadian Rockies Rafting

Located 1.5 hours from Banff near Golden, BC, this rafting tour is a popular whitewater journey that combines a mix of exciting rapids that the Kicking Horse River is famous for.

Intensity Level: Moderate to Difficult

  • This rafting trip is predominantly class 4 with several larger class 4 rapids, as well as 2, 3, rapids along the way.
    • Starting at a relaxing pace you can perfect your rafting skills with your teammates and guide and enjoy the views of the serene upper section. As the canyon narrows, the waves build, drenching rafters in continuous rapids such as Shot Gun, Man Eater and Roller Coaster.
  • This river runs on snowmelt and water levels can change at different times of the season, and environmental changes can lower the rapid class

Who’s It For: 

  • This tour is recommended for adventurous first-time rafters and is ideal for seasoned paddlers.
  • Your professional and experienced guide will ensure you’ll have a fun and safe Canadian Rockies rafting adventure!
Included
  • River time 2 hours
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
Guide Quote

Dean's Pick

"Epic Canadian Rockies Rafting! If you're an adrenaline junkie, this river is for you." - Dean , Reservations Agent, Discover Banff Tours

The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

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2 hours on the Kicking Horse River

Paddle 20 kilometres of mighty rapids in the upper and middle canyon. This popular whitewater journey combines a mix of class 1 – 4 rapids.
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Everything is provided!

The tour includes all equipment, professional guides, instruction and facilities.
Included
  • River time 2 hours
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
Guide Quote

Dean's Pick

"Epic Canadian Rockies Rafting! If you're an adrenaline junkie, this river is for you." - Dean , Reservations Agent, Discover Banff Tours

The tour starts at 9:15am and 1:15pm from the river base in Golden, British Columbia, and runs for approximately three hours. The tour includes two hours on the water and guests will finish the morning tour at around 12:15pm and the afternoon tour at around 4:15pm.
The tour includes 2 hours on the river, a professional river guide with each boat, and all safety equipment including a wetsuit, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket, neoprene booties and helmet is provided. Please note that lunch and transport are not provided, all guests will need to self-drive to the riverbase in Golden, BC. Snacks and refreshments will be available to purchase, or you may like to bring drinks and snacks to have in your vehicle after the trip.

The riverbase is fully equipped with on-site facilities such as private washrooms, change rooms and outdoor showers.

The meeting point is at the Hydra River Base on Kicking Horse Road near Golden in BC, located 1.5 hours west of Banff. Detailed driving directions will be provided in your booking confirmation. Transport is not available, all guests will need to self-drive to the riverbase.
Please bring a piece of ID (all rafters are required to show ID), wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring warm clothes and a towel in a bag for after the tour. A locked storage box is available on site. It’s recommended that you wear contacts but if you need your glasses, secure them with a sunglass strap.
Anything else! There is secure storage for your personal belongings on site at the private river base. You don’t need to take anything on the raft, unless it is medication such as inhalers that must be kept with you. The guides have a dry bag onboard where these can be kept safe.
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 you don’t. Most of the guests are first time rafters and the trips, equipment and briefings are designed to put the novice rafter at ease. The guides so will provide a thorough safety talk before getting into the water. No experience is required for any trip.
This popular whitewater journey combines a mix of class 1 – 4 rapids and is the most exciting whitewater rafting trip.

The tour is run by Hydra River Guides, who have been rafting the Kicking Horse River for over 30 years. With time comes experience and Hydra prides itself on its qualified staff and impressive safety record. Each year they refine our trips, organization and guest experience.

The standard cancellation policy has always been flexible and allowed you to cancel up to 2 days before your trip for a full refund. If you need to cancel within 48 hours (due only to covid related issues – and you must provide proof), get in touch with our team prior to your tour, to arrange a rafting credit for use later in the season. (sorry, no refunds will be issued within 48 hours). If you are a group of 8 or more rafters or “Book a boat”, a 7 day cancellation policy applies (instead of 48 hours).
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.
Included
  • River time 2 hours
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
Guide Quote

Dean's Pick

"Epic Canadian Rockies Rafting! If you're an adrenaline junkie, this river is for you." - Dean , Reservations Agent, Discover Banff Tours

  • The minimum age is 12 years and the minimum weight per person is 90 lbs.
  • The maximum weight per person is 350 lbs.
  • Every guest needs to sign a waiver form. Parents will co-sign for children under 18 years of age.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • Please note that the Kicking Horse is a glacier fed river and water levels fluctuate. As the season progresses, the rapids can change from Class 4 to Class 3.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 12 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • River time 2 hours
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
Guide Quote

Dean's Pick

"Epic Canadian Rockies Rafting! If you're an adrenaline junkie, this river is for you." - Dean , Reservations Agent, Discover Banff Tours

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