Whitewater Rafting Adventure | Kicking Horse River

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Golden, CA
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Golden, CA
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Experience the thrill of the Kicking Horse River with our unforgettable Rafting Adventure. Get ready to conquer the biggest and best rapids, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Your journey begins with a calm introduction to rafting, where you'll learn interesting facts about the river and take in the stunning views. Then, it's time for the real excitement as you tackle the mighty rapids of class 4. Don't worry about equipment, we provide everything you need to stay safe and comfortable. But what sets us apart is our commitment to giving you the ultimate rafting experience. We take you down both sections of the river, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the raft and commands before hitting the exhilarating class four rapids. Our experienced guides and convenient riverside base ensure you have more time on the water and less time traveling. Don't miss out on this incredible adventure on the Kicking Horse River!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Thrilling white water rafting experience
  • Scenic views of the Kicking Horse River
  • Exhilarating class four rapids
  • Experienced and entertaining guides
  • Convenient location with hot showers and snacks
  • Certified and experienced guides
  • Photos for purchase
  • Local taxes
  • All river rafting equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Food or drink available for purchase

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Embark on the ultimate adventure with the Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River. Brace yourself for an exhilarating journey down the river's biggest and best rapids, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and adrenaline-pumping white water. This unforgettable experience begins with a calm introduction to rafting, where you'll learn fun facts about the river and take in the stunning views of the upper section. But don't be fooled by the tranquility, because soon you'll be conquering the mighty rapids that the Kicking Horse River is famous for. Prepare to get drenched as you navigate through continuous class 4 rapids, feeling the rush of adrenaline with every twist and turn. With all the necessary rafting equipment provided and plenty of warm gear available, you'll be kept comfortable and safe throughout your adventure.

What to expect?

Prepare for a 20 km journey down the mighty Kicking Horse River that promises both spectacular scenery and thrilling white water. At Hydra, we always take our guests through both sections of the river, making this experience suitable for both first-time and experienced rafters. Begin in the calmer and scenic class one rapids, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the raft, paddling techniques, and guide's commands. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the refreshing river waters. Then, get ready for the highlight of the trip as you tackle the famous class four rapids, delivering an adrenaline rush like no other. Our experienced and entertaining guides ensure your safety and entertainment throughout the journey. Plus, our beautiful rafting base, conveniently located next to the river, offers hot showers and snacks for purchase, so you can spend more time on the river and less time commuting.

Who is this for?

The Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River is perfect for anyone seeking an exciting and action-packed outdoor experience. Whether you're an adventurous soul looking for a thrilling challenge or a first-timer eager to try something new, this adventure caters to all levels of rafting expertise. You don't have to be a pro to enjoy the rush of tackling class four rapids. Our guides ensure that everyone feels comfortable and confident throughout the journey, making this trip suitable for families, friends, and solo travelers alike. As long as you have a sense of adventure and a love for nature, the Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River is for you.

Why book this?

The Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River offers a unique and captivating experience that combines the beauty of nature with the thrill of adrenaline. Unlike other rafting trips, Hydra ensures that you explore both sections of the river, giving you a comprehensive adventure that covers calm and scenic rapids as well as heart-pounding class fours. Our experienced guides not only prioritize your safety but also entertain you with their expertise and storytelling. With our rafting base located conveniently by the river, you'll have more time on the water and less time spent in transit. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, feel the rush of conquering powerful rapids, and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Book the Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River today and discover the true essence of adventure.

Good to know

When preparing to embark on the Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River, it's good to know that all necessary rafting equipment, including wetsuits, shoes, helmets, and life jackets, are provided for your safety and comfort. Additionally, warm gear is available to ensure you stay cozy even in colder weather. Don't worry about transportation logistics, as precise driving directions will be provided upon booking, and the meeting point is easily accessible from Banff, AB, and Golden, BC. Take advantage of the convenient rafting base, featuring hot showers and snacks for purchase, allowing you to freshen up and refuel after your thrilling adventure.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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2936 Kicking Horse Rd

Kicking Horse River



5 (173)


Although we actually didn't go on the tour with this company, they were beyond nice and accommodating. I got sick the day before our trip and left an email in the early hours that morning detailing my symptoms. They graciously refunded us the entire trip despite their 48 hour cancellation policy. The next time we're in Banff and plan to raft, we are definitely going with this company. Amazingly professional. Thank you so much, Hydra River Guides.


Excellent and exciting trip. Very well organised and we felt very safe in the hands of Drew who was a superb guide.


Excellent afternoon rafting down the river , good variety of rapids with nothing to crazy. Good operation, well set up with all the gear to stay warm. Our guide Drew was top notch. Would certainly recommend


We were lucky to raft with Dave, and it was an incredible experience! We felt very safe and confidence with his guidance, and his great sense of humour made us enjoy every single moment there. We enjoyed it that much, that we are going to repeat it during the next days. Thank you all the crew, and especially Dave, to make this experience unforgettable. Highly recommended! :)


This was a wicked-fun time! Jeez, I could've gone all day! I'd like to thank Drew, our guide. Nice chatting with you and thanks for keeping us in the boat! Hope to see you next year, or maybe to see you at the Canoe Club some time. Thanks again! - Alec


We loved our rafting tour with hydra river guides! Our guide Vern was great and had loads of knowledge about the river, nature, history of area, etc. Even with the rapids being lower since it’s nearly the end of the season, it’s still a blast and you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery. You’re given ample knowledge on what to do in any scenario that could happen to have you feeling safe, and all gear you’re given to wear is nice and clean. 10/10 would recommend and will absolutely be returning next summer early on! Thanks Vern!!

Nathan M

Awesome trip -- the kids (and adults) loved it! Knowledgeable guide, fun, beautiful, with the right amount of adventure. We would definitely book with Hydra again!


Whitewater rafting with Hydra was one of the many highlights of our holiday! We were 8 people in our raft plus our captain, Jaro. Everybody got to paddle and we swapped seats a couple of times to ensure everybody can try out the bumpier seats at the front of the boat. It was the right mix of adrenaline and feeling safe. Hydra provides all you need - neoprene suits + jackets, booties and helmets. We booked the lunch option, which was great. The burgers were great and just the thing you need after thundering down a river!


This is the second time rafting with Hydra. The first time was around 16 years ago. The water was higher and faster on my first experience (which was awesome and got me hooked on rafting) but this time it was challenging with the lower water level. I’ve ran this river 5 or 6 times and each time is different but fun no matter what! We had a great guide Bill with 19 years experience and he made everyone aware, comfortable and did an amazing job! I took the front spot in the raft and would not hesitate to do the same in whatever raft I was in will Bill as my guide! This was my 46th Birthday and I feel like I’m 26 again! I had such an amazing day that was long overdue and I can’t thank Bill and Hydra enough for making this happen! Hydra runs a very economical and well run operation! They know what they are doing and novice to advanced rafters will have a great time regardless of the time of year and weather conditions! I give them 5 stars! I will definitely raft with Hydra again!


This was a super activity. From the first moment we went to book the team were super helpful and went out of their way to help. The river trip itself is an education in water safety with tips for life! We had Bill as our captain and he was informative and we felt safe at all times while also having fun and our fill of adrenaline! We would definitely recommend the Classic trip for older kids and family. A huge advantage is getting onto the water right at the meeting point! Side note- You will absolutely get wet.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-18 09:23