Kicking Horse River

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Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

1. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

Enjoy an exhilarating whitewater rafting tour on the Kicking Horse River as you brave Class 2 to Class 4/4+ waters with a guide. Take on rapids such as Hopi's Hole, Cable Car, Table Saw, and the famous Portage and Shotgun. Your experience begins at the local partner's day lodge, conveniently located on the TransCanada Highway. After a warm welcome, your crew distributes top-of-the-line rafting gear (wetsuit, wetsuit booties and gloves, spray jackets, life jackets, and helmets). In the comfort of heated change rooms, change into the provided gear before taking a quick shuttle to the "put-in" (starting point), where you receive your extensive safety briefing before jumping in the river. This is the biggest whitewater river in the Rockies. Prepare to hold on and get wet. Enjoy the canyon environment and possibly get a glimpse of a mountain goat, wolf, or bear. Following your trip, another quick shuttle returns you back to the warmth of the base. Once changed back into dry and comfortable land clothes, enjoy snacks and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Stop by the gift shop for a souvenir or photo of the trip to take back home.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Half Day Whitewater Rafting

2. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Half Day Whitewater Rafting

Raft down 12 km of white water in the Middle Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. You'll navigate class 2 - 4 rapids with your experienced river guide on this half day river rafting trip. Experience a 1 km section of class 4 rapids known as Portage Shotgun. It's one of the most exciting stretches on the Kicking Horse River, with lots of big splashes and whitewater. We provide all the equipment you need to try white water rafting, all you need to bring with you is just a swimsuit and a towel. Take in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with our bus driving you out to the river and bringing you back at the end. After your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase photos and videos of your rafting trip. Experience the thrill of nature’s path along this great Canadian Rockies waterways, carved out centuries ago by the rushing water and moving ice.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

3. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

Enjoy a family friendly rafting tour on Kicking Horse River. Suitable for kids as young as 4, and anyone who doesn't want to raft on big whitewater. Meet at the rafting base in Golden, BC. Get set up with your rafting gear and the bus will drive you to the river. Raft along 14 km on the calm Upper Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. This trip starts in Yoho National Park and will have you floating through beautiful forests and mountain scenery. There are some splashes, but it's not a big whitewater trip. You have the option to go for a swim if you're feeling up to it and will finish your tour with a riverside BBQ lunch. Choose an item hot off the grill, and from a variety of other snacks and drinks. At the end of your trip, the bus will drive you back to the rafting base where you can get changed and enjoy a hot shower.

Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

4. Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

Get a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting on Class 1-3 rapids starting in Yoho National Park of Canada. Experience moderately-challenging rapids and the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies.  Check-in at the lodge conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1. Be fitted with top-of-the-line gear and transported to the starting point of the rafting experience. Receive a thorough safety briefing before setting off on the river. Embark on a 90-minute downstream journey starting with the "Alarm Clock" rapid, which is sure to wake everyone up. In between the exciting rapids, take in the beautiful scenery surrounding you on all sides. Learn about the wildlife in the area, how the Kicking Horse River got its name, and how the river gets its beautiful blue color. Finish the rafting trip at "Hopi's Hole", which serves as an exciting grande finale. After the rafting, be taken back to the lodge to relax and warm up in the heated changing-rooms. Once back in warm, dry clothes, enjoy freshly baked goodies and seasonal fruit along with a selection of hot and cold beverages. Browse through the gift shop to pick up a souvenir t-shirt or photos from your experience.

Kicking Horse River: Rafting Trip with BBQ

5. Kicking Horse River: Rafting Trip with BBQ

Set off on the famous Kicking Horse River for a genuine Rocky Mountain whitewater rafting experience. The 5-hour trip (2.5-hours on the river) combines all the best the river has to offer: bouncy and splashy waves, calm and scenic float sections, and big whitewater rapids.  Check in at the local partner's base, conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1, and change into your top-of-the-line gear, which is provided. Transfer then to the rafting start point and, following a thorough safety briefing, it will be time to get on the river. Begin on the upper, more gentle, scenic section of the Yoho National Park. For approximately 1-hour, enjoy splashing through the waves as you warm up for the more intense sections downstream. The second half of the trip, taking approximately 1.5 hours, is made up of 14 sets of rapids ranging from Class 2 to Class 4+. Expect to get soaked during this section! After rafting, transfer back to the base to enjoy the warmth of the DayLodge and heated change rooms. Once back in warm, dry clothes, enjoy a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Whitewater Raft Experience

6. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Whitewater Raft Experience

Whitewater raft through some of British Columbia’s rapids in the Kicking Horse River. Raft through different rapids including, Man Eater, Shotgun, and Roller Coaster. Start the whitewater rafting journey in the calm upper cannon. In calmer waters, go for a swim and admire the views downstream. Make your way downstream to the middle canyon, where the big whitewater rapids are. You’ll raft through different rapids up to level 4 rapids. Walk up a narrow canyon and see a waterfall. Take a drink from the waterfall while relaxing by the stream. Enjoy a BBQ lunch of burgers and sizzling smokies sausages. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options available. At the end of your trip, get taken back to the rafting base by bus. There, feel free to use the hot showers and get changed before heading off.

Kicking Horse River: Maximum Horsepower Double Shot Rafting

7. Kicking Horse River: Maximum Horsepower Double Shot Rafting

For those looking for the maximum whitewater experience, choose the trip with twice the whitewater, twice the fun, and twice the adrenalin rush! The Maximum Horsepower is not one, but TWO runs down THE best whitewater section of the Kicking Horse River. Rafters experience 24 rapids and cover an accumulated total of 24 kilometers river distance. In order to make this double whitewater trip even more exhilarating, rafters power downstream in two different styles of rafts. The first run is in the ever-popular 16-foot oar-rigged rafts, giving everyone a chance to warm up and get familiar with the river. The second run is rafted in smaller 14-foot boats. Those two feet make a world of difference. Smaller rafts accentuate everything: the bounces, the smashes, and the hits! It may be the second run on the same section of river, but it will be a completely different experience. In addition, all guests are provided a paddle for the second run. It is a thrilling and unforgettable whitewater adventure! First, check in at the RiverBase DayLodge (conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1), change into top-of-the-line provided gear and be shuttled to the 'put-in' (or, rafting start point). After a thorough safety briefing, it is time to get on the river. After the first run, guests are shuttled back to the top of the trip to run the river again, but in different rafts. For the second run the smaller 14-foot 'all paddle' rafts are used, and every guest is required to assist in the paddling process. 100% participation is required. Afterwards, shuttle back to the warmth of the RiverBase to change back into warm, dry land clothes and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages.

Between Lake Louise and Revelstoke: Smartphone Audio Tour

8. Between Lake Louise and Revelstoke: Smartphone Audio Tour

Make your drive come alive with this this audio tour that covers Lake Louise to Revelstoke on Canada's iconic Highway 1. Download your audio guide and use the app offline. Take your tour from Lake Louise to Revelstoke or from Revelstoke to Lake Louise. Let your audio guide transform your drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some the mountains, rivers, lakes, canyons and glaciers. Pass by Wapta Lake, Kicking Horse Pass, the Columbia Wetlands, Purcell Mountains, and Glacier National Park. Hear about must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, and recreation areas. Explore the Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site, Albert Canyon, the Canyon Hot Springs, the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, and stretch your legs at the Giant Cedars and Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk Trails. Learn more about Illecillewaet Glacier, the Beaver River, Kinbasket Lake, Mica Dam, the Natural stone Bridge and Emerald Lake. Get a historical overview of the First Nations inhabitants and explorers. Visit as many sights as you want, knowing that the tour is always accessible.

Golden: Heli Rafting Full Day on Kicking Horse River

9. Golden: Heli Rafting Full Day on Kicking Horse River

Tick off two bucket list items in one day by combining a whitewater rafting trip down the Kicking Horse River and a helicopter tour over the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Feel the thrill of paddling through churning whitewater followed by an incredibly scenic helicopter ride over the Lower Canyon of the river. Begin your adventure by paddling down the Upper and Middle Canyons of the Kicking Horse River. Enjoy thrilling moments in huge rapids and by waterfalls surrounded by stunning scenery with your closest group of friends. Tuck into a hot lunch after a river swim and feel invigorated by immersing yourself in nature on this day trip outside of Golden. Just when you think this day can’t get any better, hop into a helicopter. And that helicopter flies you to the biggest whitewater on the river: the famous Lower Canyon. Access the Lower Canyon, which is famous for its 4 kilometer stretch of continuous class 4 whitewater. Paddle past huge vertical rock walls - and the only way to get there is by helicopter. End your day feeling like a superhero, having paddled through and flown above one of British Columbia's most exciting rivers.

Golden: Kicking Horse River Half-Day Heli Whitewater Rafting

10. Golden: Kicking Horse River Half-Day Heli Whitewater Rafting

Set out on an exciting adventure tour with this half-day Heli-rafting experience on the Kicking Horse River. Enjoy an exciting adventure full of thrilling moments, white water rapids, and hang on tight to the raft as the group gets splashed by the river. Raft the middle and lower canyons of the Kicking Horse River, the two biggest sections of white water in the area. Experience part of over 22 km of river rafting excitement. Charge down the river in a raft before experiencing the river from the air flying in a helicopter. See parts of the lower canyon that are only accessible by helicopter and get a new perspective of the area by air.

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What people are saying about Kicking Horse River

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 99 reviews

Amazing experience! From start to finish professional, friendly and knowledgeable!!This was the activity our daughter chose to celebrate her 11th Birthday and she was not disappointed! She got to sit in splash zone in the boat and wants to come back for her 12th birthday and do the bigger rapids!! We highly recommend Glacier Raft Company and will be spreading the word!!

Had an excellent time! All the staff were incredibly welcoming, knowledgeable, and made you feel you were in “good hands”. I will definitely be returning and recommending to friends. Thank you, Glacier Rafting!

Well organized, nice team. Absolutely suitable for families (more boat trip than rafting - as described), but you could have stayed / booked later for the afternoon trip. Clear recommendation!

Trip was excellent with awesome guides ! Would recommend these guys to anyone !!