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Banff: Afternoon Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

4.8 / 5

99 reviews

Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours

Banff: Afternoon Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours

From US$ 94.58 per person

Raft through the picturesque landscape of Kananaskis Country in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Experience the perfect whitewater rafting excursion for beginners and families.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Take a whitewater rafting tour along the Kananaskis River through the picturesque landscape of Kananaskis Country
  • Raft through family-friendly rapids and then enjoy a scenic float to the finish where you can swim and splash in the water
  • Enjoy memories for years to come with free online professional photos posted for free online after your rafting trip
Full description
Enjoy whitewater rafting down an idyllic stretch of the Kanaskasis River, the perfect excursion for families, groups, and newcomers to whitewater rafting. Explore the pristine waterways of the Kananaskis River. Scout for local wildlife and enjoy the unrivaled beauty of the Canadian wilderness. Meet at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge on Highway 1A. Start your rafting adventure with a 45-minute drive from Banff or Calgary. Enjoy the short scenic ride as you wind through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, ride in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Kananaskis River. Here, your guides will provide safety instructions and teach your paddle techniques. Feel equipped and ready to go as you prepare for the river. Board your raft and begin your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river. Practice different paddling techniques with your guide. Spot local wildlife such as soaring eagles, and deer who stroll along the banks of the river. Then, get ready to be splashed as your raft through class 2-3 rapids as you travel along a lovely forested area of the river. At the end of the journey enjoy a scenic float to the finish where you can swim and splash in the water. Return to the river base for high fives and snacks to celebrate your rafting adventure. This tour operates from mid-May to mid-September and is ideal for anyone that has never rafted before or does not know how to swim.
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instructions and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Complimentary professional photos (available online after your tour)
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • Rafting River tour (1.5 - 2 hours)
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties, and gloves
  • Transportation from Banff or Calgary
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People over 350 lbs (159 kg)
  • Children under 44 lbs (20 kg)

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Meeting point

Please meet at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge (Stoney 142, 143, 144, AB T0L, Canada), located on Highway 1A between Exshaw and Morley. Please refer to your confirmation email for full driving directions.

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Important information

What to bring

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

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • The minimum age is 5 years and the minimum weight per person is 40 lbs
  • If a guest is unaccompanied by an adult then the minimum age is 16 years old
  • The maximum weight per person is 350 lbs
  • There are typically between 8 - 11 people per raft, plus the guide; groups larger than this will be split into 2 rafts
  • Every guest needs to sign a waiver form. Any guest under 18 years also needs a parent or guardian's signature on the waiver form and an emergency contact number if the parent/guardian is not joining them on the tour
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 8 participants to operate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 99 reviews

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Excellent family rafting day. The 2 kids (12,15) had never gone before, but we had. It was still fun for the whole family. Our guide Tadhg was awesome. A good Irishman with great stories, sense of humor and knew the River like the back of his hand. This was a good class 3 with 7-8 really good hits. The rest was fun and splashy. My 15 y/o wants to come back for some bigger stuff ASAP!

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August 12, 2022

I was apprehensive to start with, having never done anything like this before l, but, I loved it. The instructions were good from the instructors, making me feel I was in save hands should anything go wrong. Gabriel was the main instructor and our team instructor. He was very good and made the experience fun.

July 12, 2022

Fantastic experience, beautiful scenery and a great guide on Momo. Just loved it!

September 8, 2022

Product ID: 280297