9:30am, 1:30pm
Departure Time
4 Hours
Duration
12+
Age
1-4
River Class
May-Sep
Season

KICKING HORSE RIVER – Fun full day of soaking waves.
The Rockies’ most thrilling whitewater rafting with Class 1-4 rapids.

On the Kicking Horse River you’ll experience world-class white water, spectacular mountain scenery and memories to last a lifetime in the unparalleled beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Less than 1 and a half hours from Banff you’ll find large, soaking waves and numerous rapids that range up to Class 4, offering a thrilling and fun day for you and your friends or co-workers.

This river class is 1 – 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
  • River time 2 hrs
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base

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

1

2 hours on the river

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

Everything is provided!

The tour includes professional guiding, instruction, equipment and practice as well as facilities.
Included
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • River time 2 hrs
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
Tours start at 9:30am and 1:30pm from the river base in Golden, British Columbia, and run for approximately 4 hours. This includes 2 hours on the water, and will conclude at the riverbase at around 1:30pm and 5:30pm.
The tour includes 2 hours on the river, a professional river guide with each boat, and all safety equipment including a wetsuit, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket, neoprene booties and helmet is provided.

The river base is fully equipped with on-site facilities such as private washrooms, change rooms and outdoor showers.

The meeting point is at the Hydra River Base on Kicking Horse Road near Golden in BC, located 1.5 hours west of Banff. Detailed driving directions will be provided in your booking confirmation. Transport is not available this year.
Please wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring warm clothes and a towel in a bag for after the tour. A locked storage box is available on site. Please also bring a non medical face covering, such as a buff. Face coverings will be used when we can’t maintain 2m of separation, such as on the bus. Please do not bring a paper mask as this will not last in a wet, outdoor environment. If you do not bring a face covering, buff style coverings are available for purchase for $7.

It’s recommended that you wear contacts but if you need your glasses, secure them with a sunglass strap.

Anything else! There is secure storage for your personal belongings on site at the private river base. You don’t need to take anything on the raft, unless it is medication such as inhalers that must be kept with you. The guides have a dry bag onboard where these can be kept safe.
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 you don’t. Most of the guests are first time rafters and the trips, equipment and briefings are designed to put the novice rafter at ease. The guides so will provide a thorough safety talk before getting into the water. No experience is required for any trip.
You will go through class 1 – 4 rapids on this tour. This popular whitewater journey is the longest and most exciting trip and is ideal for thrill seekers. Wondering what the rapids classifications mean? Check out our Whitewater Rafting Rapids Classification Guide.

The tour is run by Hydra River Guides, who have been rafting the Kicking Horse River for over 30 years. With time comes experience and Hydra prides itself on its qualified staff and impressive safety record. Each year they refine our trips, organization and guest experience.

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
  • River time 2 hrs
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
  • The minimum age is 12 years and the minimum weight per person is 90 lbs.
  • The maximum weight per person is 350 lbs.
  • Every guest needs to sign a waiver form. Parents will co-sign for children under 18 years of age.
  • Please note that the Kicking Horse is a glacier fed river and water levels fluctuate. As the season progresses, the rapids can change from Class 4 to Class 3.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 12 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • River time 2 hrs
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves
Transport Options
  • Meet At River Base
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