Whitewater Rafting Trips for all Levels of Adventure!

By Christina Hanna, July 18, 2016

Floating down glacier-fed rivers through canyons and valleys is a truly unique way to experience the wild Canadian Rockies. We have some excellent partners who provide a wide array of rafting options from the blissfully calm to the adrenaline filled class 4 rapids of the Kicking Horse - allowing you to choose your perfect adventure!

Western Canada is renowned for its natural, stunning scenery complete with majestic mountains, sparkling glacier lakes and incredible rushing rivers… which make for excellent whitewater rafting opportunities across BC and Alberta. Experience whitewater rafting thrills in spectacular a mountain setting this summer with a wonderful selection of rafting trips ranging from tame, family friendly floats to adrenaline-pumping world class rapids. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!


Class 1 to 3 Rapids- Suitable for ages 6 and up 

Mild Whitewater Rafting Kicking Horse

Looking for a gentle rafting trip? This mild whitewater is perfect for families seeking a calm rafting experience. Enjoy a peaceful float on the Kicking Horse River, while learning the history of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Look out for wildlife in between getting splashed from rapids. Fun for all the family, this trip is suitable for smaller children and provides a gentle introduction to rafting. At the end of the trip, enjoy a excellent, fresh BBQ lunch back at the private Hydra River Base, while viewing a slideshow of your rafting adventure. Lunch is included in this 2.5 hour excursion, and guests enjoy a total of 1 hour on the raft.

Availability: May – September
Duration: 2.5 hours including lunch
Allowed age: 6-80
Price: From $74.00 CAD

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Class 1 to 4 Rapids – Suitable for ages 12 and up 

Classic Whitewater Rafting Kicking Horse River

This unforgettable journey is the most popular rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River! The rafting experience begins calmly, allowing rafters to familiarize themselves with the raft, paddles and guides commands. Enjoy the serene upper section of the Kicking Horse River before heading into the mighty rapids of the middle canyon. As the Kicking Horse Canyon narrows, the waves build, taking rafters on whitewater journey through class 4 rapids, finishing 20km downstream! A delicious BBQ lunch is included in this 4 hour experience, and you can expect a total of 2.5 hours on the water.

Availability: May – September
Duration: 4 hours including lunch
Allowed age: 12-80
Price: From $125.00 CAD

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Class 1 to 4+ Rapids – Suitable for ages 16 and up 

ltimate Whitewater Rafting Kicking Horse

Raft every rapid the Kicking Horse River has to offer! Starting with calmer rapids on the upper canyon, you can get to know your fellow rafters while enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Kicking Horse Canyon. Then it’s on to the thrill of the middle canyon rapids with Portage and Shotgun before pushing forward to the lower canyon. Known for deep canyon walls and mighty rapids, it is the most challenging part of the Kicking Horse River. Rafters must be at least 16 yrs of age and 90lbs.

Availability: May – September
Duration: 6.5 hours including lunch
Allowed age: 16-70
Price: From $164.00

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Class 1-3 Rapids – Suitable for ages 5 and up

Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting Family

Winding through the picturesque landscape of Kananaskis Country, the Kananaskis River is a great whitewater experience for families or a group outing. Excellent for anyone wishing to kick back, relax and take in the scenery of the area. Conveniently located 45 minutes west of Calgary in the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this river offers the novice rafter a thrilling and fun introduction to whitewater rafting.

Availability: May – September
Duration: Approx 4 hours
Allowed age: 5-80
Price: From $93.00 CAD



Class 2-4 Rapids – Suitable for ages 12 and up 

Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting

Exciting whitewater rafting thrills on the Bow River! This half-day whitewater tour that offers adventure-lovers rafting thrills and excitement, all close to Banff, Canmore and Calgary. The Horseshoe Canyon section offers spectacular scenery, big waves and up to Grade IV whitewater. Experience a sense of remoteness while you raft your way through shale canyons and awesome whitewater. Cliff jumping is also available for the adventure enthusiast!

Availability: May – September
Duration: Approx 3.5 hours
Allowed age: 12-80
Price: From $97.00 CAD

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Go Whitewater Rafting!

Give our Destination Experts a call if you’d like to know more about going rafting in beautiful BC or Alberta! You can reach us 7 days a week at 1.877.902.1616 or email [email protected] one of our team members will get back to you promptly.

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