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Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Half Day Whitewater Rafting

1. 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

2. 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.

Jasper National Park: Sunwapta River White Water Rafting

3. Jasper National Park: Sunwapta River White Water Rafting

Enjoy a white water rafting adventure on the Sunwapta, a narrow, steep, glacial feed river in the heart of Jasper National Park. The Sunwapta is the only grade 3 whitewater offered in Jasper National Park. The river is glacial fed and as long as the weather is warm we can have great water up until closing. Begin the trip with a float where crews can practice their paddling technique before the show begins. Once the rapids start they just build and build until the Whopper soaks everyone just before the take-out. Once the rapids start it is still important to look at the 360-degree mountain views. The river follows the jagged ridge of the Endless Chain.

Jasper National Park: 2-Hour Whitewater Rafting

4. Jasper National Park: 2-Hour Whitewater Rafting

Take on the grade 2 whitewater rapids on the Athabasca River while taking in the fresh air and scenic mountain views. Start your tour in the town of Jasper and head only 8 km south to the put-in point. After suiting up in wetsuits and a safety talk, it's off to the river. Begin with a 10-minute float to get comfortable in the raft, experience the river environment, and admire the 360-degree Mountain View. After, embark on the grade 2 rapids which guarantee a splash without the likelihood of falling in. You can choose to swim in the glacial water if you feel brave enough. After 4 or 5 sections of rapids, the Miette River joins the Athabasca and the trip ends just around the corner at Old Fort Point. All trips are in 8-person rafts with a licensed river guide.

Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

5. Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

Embark on an exciting rafting trip through class 3-4 rapids and with big waves meaning you will get soaked and have lots of fun. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife sightings and enjoy the stunning outdoor beauty of the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River. Start your rafting adventure with an optional pick-up in Banff or Canmore and enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, be transported in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Bow River. Here, your guides will go through safety instructions and paddle techniques ready for your time on the river. Then it's time to jump aboard to start your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river and learn from your guide as they lead the group through different paddling techniques. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles soaring above and deer strolling along the river banks. Then, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that will get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide's instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater through the shale cliffs. At the midway point, stop for an optional cliff jump into the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River. Depending on your adventure level you can choose from a medium or a big cliff jump, or simply enjoy watching the others take the plunge. After the thrill of cliff jumping, continue rafting until you reach the endpoint. Return to the river base for high fives, snacks, and optional return transport. This tour operates from mid May to early September, with transport available from late May onwards on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Athabasca Falls: Class 2 White Water Rafting Adventure

6. Athabasca Falls: Class 2 White Water Rafting Adventure

The Athabasca Falls trip is probably our most scenic. After a 30-minute bus drive from town guests are suited up in our wetsuit gear. After a safety talk there is a 5-minute portage to the river. This river trip starts with a bang. Once out in the main current the first set of rapids is only seconds way. Once these rapids have soaked everyone in the raft the rafters find themselves in a canyon. For the next 30-minutes there are no trails or roads next to the river it is just the river and you. The canyon ends with another set of rapids and spectacular views of the Athabasca River valley. Once back at the highway it is about 20 minutes to the take out. There are more sections of rapids but also flat section to enjoy and learn about the natural surroundings. All trips are in 8-person rafts with a licensed river guide.

Jasper: Jasper National Park Easy 2-Hour Rafting Trip

7. Jasper: Jasper National Park Easy 2-Hour Rafting Trip

Relax and enjoy an afternoon that you'll never forget. This is a true Canadian outdoor experience. Take a fun and scenic trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River.A National Park-licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the fur traders over 200 years ago. The specially designed, 7-meter- or 25-foot-long, oar-powered rafts come equipped with life jackets, and provide a safe, comfortable ride through a few small sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first-time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry - the guides do all the rowing. All you have to do is sit back and relax while you take in the spectacular scenery.  You can spot various local wildlife, including elks, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep, and bears.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Whitewater Raft Experience

8. 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: Whitewater Rafting Experience

9. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Experience

Discover the Kicking Horse River in British Columbia on a fast-paced action-packed rafting trip. Paddle down the biggest and best rapids on the river with your instructor and get soaked. Before you jump in the boat, you will meet your river guides and get kitted out with all the necessary rafting gear. Get to know your fellow rafters and find out fun facts about the river as you take in the views of the serene upper section. From there, you will head to the river and start rafting on a relatively calm stretch of water. Become acquainted with your guides’ commands, your paddle, and your boat before floating to the bigger rapids. Soon the canyon narrows and the true excitement begins, taking you on a pulse-pounding trip through the thrills and spills of the river’s Class IV white water. Discover the exhilarating rapids Shot Gun, Man Eater, and Roller Coaster. Work as a team to take on the rapids. Finish your rafting odyssey 12 miles (20 kilometers) downstream, where you’ll disembark the raft. Board the shuttle back to the Hydra River Base. Rinse off in beach-style showers and get changed. Swap stories with your fellow rafters about your favorite rapids.

Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

10. Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

Whether you’re a thrill seeking adventure junkie or just trying to get away from the stress of everyday life and back to nature, this super exciting rafting trip, the Wet & Wild Elaho Exhilarator, has everything you’ll need to recharge your batteries.  It's one of the most popular rafting adventures here.   The talented team of professional river guides will teach you the skills necessary to ride big waves and catch air as you navigate down the Class 3-4 Elaho and Squamish Rivers. Your courage will be tested as you travel through the infamous “Devil’s Elbow” section of the rapids, as seen on TV’s famous "Eco-Challenge Adventure Race". Depending on the water levels, you’ll also be able to swim through some small rapids and enjoy a few laughs as your crewmates scramble to stay on board. Along with some of North America’s most exhilarating rapids, your river journey will take you through approximately 10 miles of British Columbia’s most inspiring wilderness. Take time to appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the world-class scenery including old growth forests, dormant volcanoes, towering glaciers, and stunning waterfalls that cascade hundreds of feet toward the river. If you’re really lucky you’ll get a glimpse of the local deer, beavers, and bears which often stop by the river’s edge. This is white water rafting at its best!   After the trip, you'll be taken back to the fully-equipped rafting base at the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort where you can enjoy the facilities at the resort, including a full service restaurant and awesome fully-licensed outdoor patio area. Relax, check out the photos and GoPro videos shot on the trip, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and comfort of the resort.

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based on 11 reviews

There is nothing more spectacular than the natural beauty of Alberta and Jasper National Park. This activity has one on the mighty Athabasca River, enjoying the scenery and experiencing a thrill as one navigates down the fast flowing glacial water. The raft guides are exceptional and well informed. The activity is active but not overly strenuous. The colour of the water and the possibility of wildlife sighting are two bonus elements of this fun and worthwhile activity.

One of the best experiences ever! Definitely a Bucket List Checkoff! If you want to experience Beautiful British Columbia this is a must to do! Not only was the drive up the sea to sky highway break taking but the scenery on the raft was a 10/10!

It was great fun! We were well looked after and felt very safe but enjoyed the experience enormously. We all returned with damp trousers but that was only to be expected and part of the adventure.

Chris was our guide and he was great! Told us so much information about the rapids and the mountains near by. He was nice and was good company. Highly recommend.

great boat to he on. Gabby was absolutely amazing. if we book again I wish I could ask to have her a a guide.