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Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

4.5 / 5

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Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

From US$ 94.29 per person

Jump into a raft and let the foamy rapids take you coursing swiftly through the stunning Horseshoe Canyon on the Bow River. Located less than an hour from Banff and Calgary, this rafting trip is perfect for adventure lovers with an optional cliff jump.

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Duration 4 - 4.5 hours
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  • Take a rafting tour through the stunning Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River
  • Enjoy scenic views while you raft your way through shale canyons and awesome whitewater
  • Ramp up the excitement by jumping off a cliff into the glacier-fed Bow River
  • See the locations where many Hollywood movies have been shot
Full description
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.
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Complimentary professional photos (available online after your tour)
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • River time 1.5-2 hours
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties, and gloves
  • Transportation from Banff or Canmore
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People over 350 lbs (159 kg)
  • People under 88 lbs (40 kg)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Daypack
  • Personal medication

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • 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
  • The maximum weight per person is 350 lbs
  • Guests should be physically fit and have a reasonable swimming ability
  • There are typically between 8 - 11 people per raft, plus the guide; groups larger than this will be split up on 2 rafts
  • Every guest needs to sign a waiver form; any guest under 18 years will also need a parent or guardian signature on the waiver form and an emergency contact number if the parent/guardian is not joining them on the river
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 8 participants to operate, and a minimum of 3 participants for the transport to operate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 19 reviews

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I went with my partner, 3 kids (youngest 15) and my dad and his wife. My dad is 74! We all had a great time! Our guide, Gabriel was amazing and so great with my dad and his wife. He made the ride so much more enjoyable! I could tell all the staff and guides were an amazing group. High energy and lots of fun! I would do this again in a heartbeat!

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August 25, 2021

September 6, 2021

Staff were great very experienced, friendly and funny. However, the rapids were pretty small there was only three and in our case one of them we were unsuccessful in getting into. It seemed rather expensive for what we got.

August 25, 2021

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