WHITEWATER RAFTING CLASSIFICATION GUIDE

An international scale that rates individual rapids from class 1 (easy) to class 6 (nearly impossible) is used in all our river descriptions.

A rapid may vary in terms of time from just a few seconds to 20 seconds or more.

REMEMBER! This scale is subjective. Rapids can change in difficulty seasonally and as quickly as overnight! This scale is meant only as a guideline for how easy or difficult a rapid, river or river trip may be. It is best to speak with one of our knowledgeable reservationists to find out what the river level may be like at the time when you would like to raft with us, and assist you in choosing the best trip.

CLASS I RAPIDS

“Chinook definition: Very relaxing.”

Gentle, moving water. Very small waves requiring little or no maneuvering.

CLASS II RAPIDS

“Chinook definition: You may get splashed.”

Regular waves, easy to see, may reach 3 to 4 feet in height. Avoiding rocks, river bends or other obstacles may require simple maneuvering.

CLASS III RAPIDS

“Chinook definition: You will get wet!”

Large, continuous series or sets of waves, some in excess of 6 feet. “Holes” or “hydraulics” may be present, and can be run or avoided. Small drops, ledges or waterfalls may be present. Scouting the rapids is suggested for all but the most experienced of river persons.

CLASS IV RAPIDS

“Chinook definition: You’ll get soaked… like a 9 or 10 on the ‘fun scale’!”

Confused and erratic waves or holes. Large obstructions need to be avoided in what are referred to as “must moves.” Risk of injury if swimming without benefit of a raft! Very difficult and scouting is required.

CLASS V RAPIDS

“Chinook definition: Adrenaline junkies only!”

For most people, class V goes off the “fun” scale and enters the “kinda scary” scale! Very challenging for even the most experienced river persons. High risk of capsize or injury. Limit of navigation and scouting is essential.

CLASS VI RAPIDS

“Chinook definition: Niagara Falls in a barrel!”

Virtually non-navigable, or navigable only at particularly favorable river levels.

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For me, the River Rafting was the best experience of the whole Banff trip, because I don't know how to swim, and I vouched to sit right in the front, when they asked. It was a truely awesome feeling, being right in the face of the wild and cold water!
Did you know that our rafting trips include everything you need? All you need is your swimsuit, towel and a ready-to-raft attitude - we provide the wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves.
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Great news! River levels are back to normal on the Bow River, and we can now safely run our popular Horseshoe Canyon Rafting Trip. Don't miss the exhilarating class 3-4 whitewater rapids, with optional cliff jumping for the adventurous.
White water Father’s Day - We all got a little schooled and a lot drenched... #rapids #sofun #family #weekend #weekendadventures #fathersday #happyfathersday #lovethisbunch #whitewaterrafting #rafting #kananaskisriver #kananaskis #chinookrafting #alberta chinookrafting
The river levels on the Bow River are still too high to run our Horseshoe Canyon trip, but we're having loads of fun on the alternative Kananaskis Surf Trip! 🏄
End of a sweet season on the Kananaskis 👌 Thankful for how much time I got on the water this season and for a new community of dirt bag friends on the river. 

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"By far the highlight of the honeymoon was white water rafting with Chinook Rafting"
📸: @itmustbemir
ЗНАКОМЬТЕСЬ, Я и МОЁ МУЖСКОЕ ТРИО 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦
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Вчера ночью получили фотографии с нашего экстрима. Вот такие мы смелые ребята за 5 минут до рафтинга. Я подчёркиваю ДО РАФТИНГА!!!🙈
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И раз уж мы все вместе, это хороший повод познакомить с каждым:
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Антон:
Хозяин! Весь семейный финансовый учёт держится исключительно на нём, не смотря на то, что Худо бедно учился в школе. Харизматичный и очень Холёный мужчина, умеет Хватать удачу за Хвост😉
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Максим:
Хорошо сложён, точно знает чего от жизни Хочет, защитник всех малоХольных: муХи не обидит (в прямом смысле поймает и выпустит её за дверь), знает как паХнет пороХ в пороХовницах💥
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Алексей:
Совсем ешё малюсенький Хлопчик, но сладкий и с очень Хорошим аппетитом. Немножко "Хулиган", согласно возрасту, чего мы все ему прощаем за доброе Храброе сердце и Характер с душой❤
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Оксана:
Хорошенькая, Хрупкая особа. Живёт по принципу "Хочу и Хрен знает как желаемое сделать". Прекрасно научилась, когда надо, Хлопать ресницами и взлетать. Не дружит с Химией со школьных лет. Холодна к мясу и саХару.
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Ну, и последнее, что нас объединяет: 
Мы все, наХоХлившись от *Холода*🤪 в Канаде Вам дружно шлём Хорошие приветы!
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Эстафету приняли от ivolgaalisa и отработали "Х" по полной всей семьёй 🙌
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Ну, Хто тут из нас получился самый Хот?🔥
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Хотите поучаствовать во флешмобе, ставьте ссылку на меня и пишите "Хочу букву"!
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А Вы как бы охарактеризовали себя на букву "Х"??? Уверена, сейчас все будут ХОРОШИМИ!!👌😂❤
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Wish you were having this much fun? Come and join us out on the water! There's last minute availability for this weekend, and we've also opened up more spots for Tuesday. It's the perfect way to beat those midweek blues 🌊
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