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Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

1. 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: Whitewater Rafting Experience

2. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Experience

Whitewater rafting is the ultimate summer activity, and the Kicking Horse River is the best river in the Canadian Rockies. This is your chance to take a heart-pumping ride through these Class IV rapids on Kicking Horse River, throughout a wet-and-wild half-day excursion. Meet at the Kicking Horse River Base site in Golden, approximately 1.5 hours west of Banff. Before you jump in the boat, you will meet your river guides and get outfitted with all the necessary rafting gear. From there, you will head out on to the river, starting with a relatively calm stretch to allow you to become acquainted with your guides’ commands, your paddle, and your boat. 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. You will eventually finish your rafting odyssey 12 miles (20 kilometers) downstream, where you’ll disembark the raft. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a fun way to cool off, this rafting trip is sure to please.

Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Trip with BBQ

3. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater 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.

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What people are saying about Canadian Rockies

This was for sure the most amazing adventure yet. The facility was very informative and helpful in calming the nerves as well as ensuring us all we would have the time of our life. That we did. Our guide, Andrew - what can I say, he is an amazing human and did an outstanding job explaining the commands and why he needed to teach us each one, along with sharing points of interests along the river.

Excellent service, super nice staff! We had Andrew as a guide and he was great. Our entire family really enjoyed the experience! The Gentle tour was perfect for our first taste of white water rafting, and time was sufficient. I would definitely recommend it!

Employees were organized and friendly. The guide we had was Andrew and he made the trip! Over all we had an amazing adventure and will recommend to others!! Thank you!

It was awesome. The wild water crew throw on a great river tour, with lots of laughs and good stories. I would recommend it to anyone passing through Golden

Awesome! Our guide (Simon) was outstanding! The highlight of our vacation, and we can't wait to do it again.