May-Sep
Season
8:15am
Departure Time
4 Hours
Duration
12+
Age
3-4
River Class

HORSESHOE CANYON – True thrill of rapids.
Exciting whitewater on the Bow River with cliff jumping for the adventurous.

A half-day whitewater tour that offers adventure lovers rafting thrills and excitement close to Banff, Canmore and Calgary. The Horseshoe Canyon section offers spectacular scenery, big waves and up to Grade IV whitewater. Experience a sense of remoteness while you raft your way through shale canyons and awesome whitewater.

This river class is 3 – 4. Wondering what this means? Check out our Whitewater Rafting Rapids Classification Guide.

 

Included
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Complimentary photos (online)
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • River time 1.5-2hrs
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
  • + Transport (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Guide Quote

James's Pick

"You never forget jumping 10 metres into the glacial-fed Bow River! With big rapids and a remote feel, you can see why so many movies and TV shows have been filmed in the canyon." - James McKinlay, Raft Guide (Senior Trip Leader)

The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

1.5 - 2 Hours on the Bow River

A ride you won’t forget. Surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains.
2

Optional cliff jump and swim

A medium or BIG cliff jump for the adventurous during the float section.
3

Free photos

Professional photos of you whitewater rafting are posted for free on our website.
4

Everything is provided!

The tour includes professional guiding, instruction, equipment and practice as well refreshments and facilities.
Included
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Complimentary photos (online)
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • River time 1.5-2hrs
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
  • + Transport (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Guide Quote

James's Pick

"You never forget jumping 10 metres into the glacial-fed Bow River! With big rapids and a remote feel, you can see why so many movies and TV shows have been filmed in the canyon." - James McKinlay, Raft Guide (Senior Trip Leader)

The tour starts at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge at 8:15am and finishes at 12pm, approximately 4 hours. This includes a short drive to the river and 1.5 to 2 hours on the water. For guests utilising transport from Banff, you will be picked up at 7:45am and the return time will be around 1pm.
The tour includes 1.5 – 2 hours on the river (including a 20 minute float to finish up), a professional river guide with each boat, an optional river swim, free professional photos, and light refreshment and snacks. All safety equipment including clean and dry wetsuits, wetsuit booties, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket and a helmet is provided. The tour winds through scenic views of the front range of the Rocky Mountain Ranges and occasionally we see wildlife such as osprey, bald eagles, deer and bears.

The Nakoda Lakeside Lodge has clean port-a-potties, male and female change tents and ample free parking.

The meeting point is at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge, located on Highway 1A approximately 45 minutes from Banff. Detailed driving directions will be provided in your booking confirmation, and there is ample free parking at the lodge.

Transportation is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from the public bus parking behind the Mount Royal Hotel in Banff (7:45am) and the Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre in Canmore (8am) for a $10 charge per person. Please select your preferred pickup location during the booking process.

Please wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring warm clothes and a towel in a bag for after the tour. We also suggest bringing a toque or hat for colder days, to wear under the helmet. Your belongings can be stored in the bus or your own car while you are on the river.

You can wear sunglasses/glasses as long as these are secured with a strap or piece of string, and contact lenses are usually okay if you are comfortable swimming with them and tell your guide. Sunscreen is great on a hot day for any areas not covered by the wetsuit, but avoid putting it above or near your eyes. You can bring your own waterproof camera or GoPro which can be secured with your own chest harness or on a helmet with a GoPro mount, but we are not responsible for loss or damage of your equipment.

Anything else! It isn’t recommended to bring your camera and rafters aren’t permitted to wear their own wetsuit or to wear anything that could cause a hazard while on the tour.
When you are making your reservation please let the agent know and they will check with the rafting team. On the day please bring any medication you may need and inform your guide of any medical conditions.
No rafting experience is necessary, and we provide a Professional River Guide with each boat who will explain and demonstrate paddle, safety and emergency techniques. This includes dryland safety instructions and practicing paddling on the river before the waves.

Guests should be physically fit and have a reasonable swimming ability. If you have never rafted before or do not know how to swim, we recommend the Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting Tour, as the rapids and river are not as strong as the other tours.

You will go through class 3 & 4 rapids during your tour, which is ideal for adventure lovers. This is a moderate trip, exciting but not difficult. Wondering what the rapids classifications mean? Check out our Whitewater Rafting Rapids Classification Guide.

The tour is run by Chinook Rafting who have been operating whitewater rafting tours as a licensed company in the province of Alberta since 1983 and all of the rafting guides are trained in Swiftwater Rescue and First Aid & CPR. What this means for you is that they are confident that they can manage, not eliminate, the risks today to offer you an exciting and fun day on the river, creating as safe a framework as they can, given what we are doing. However, it is important to remember that we are not on a track, this isn’t Disneyland!  The fact that we’re not on a track adds excitement to what we’re doing, but it also adds inherent risks.

There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

Included
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Complimentary photos (online)
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • River time 1.5-2hrs
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
  • + Transport (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Guide Quote

James's Pick

"You never forget jumping 10 metres into the glacial-fed Bow River! With big rapids and a remote feel, you can see why so many movies and TV shows have been filmed in the canyon." - James McKinlay, Raft Guide (Senior Trip Leader)

  • 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.
  • 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, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Complimentary photos (online)
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • River time 1.5-2hrs
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
  • + Transport (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Guide Quote

James's Pick

"You never forget jumping 10 metres into the glacial-fed Bow River! With big rapids and a remote feel, you can see why so many movies and TV shows have been filmed in the canyon." - James McKinlay, Raft Guide (Senior Trip Leader)

Class 4 rapids on the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River with Chinook Rafting in the Canadian Rockies
Class 4 rapids on the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River with Chinook Rafting in the Canadian Rockies
Jump into the Bow River on the Horseshoe Canyon rafting tour with Chinook Rafting
Try a cliff jump on the Horseshoe Canyon rafting tour with Chinook Rafting
Blue Skies on the Horseshoe Canyon with Chinook Rafting in the Canadian Rockies