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Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

1. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

Enjoy a family friendly rafting tour on Kicking Horse River. Suitable for kids as young as 4, and anyone who doesn't want to raft on big whitewater. Meet at the rafting base in Golden, BC. Get set up with your rafting gear and the bus will drive you to the river. Raft along 14 km on the calm Upper Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. This trip starts in Yoho National Park and will have you floating through beautiful forests and mountain scenery. There are some splashes, but it's not a big whitewater trip. You have the option to go for a swim if you're feeling up to it and will finish your tour with a riverside BBQ lunch. Choose an item hot off the grill, and from a variety of other snacks and drinks. At the end of your trip, the bus will drive you back to the rafting base where you can get changed and enjoy a hot shower.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Half Day Whitewater Rafting

2. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Half Day Whitewater Rafting

Raft down 12 km of white water in the Middle Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. You'll navigate class 2 - 4 rapids with your experienced river guide on this half day river rafting trip. Experience a 1 km section of class 4 rapids known as Portage Shotgun. It's one of the most exciting stretches on the Kicking Horse River, with lots of big splashes and whitewater. We provide all the equipment you need to try white water rafting, all you need to bring with you is just a swimsuit and a towel. Take in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with our bus driving you out to the river and bringing you back at the end. After your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase photos and videos of your rafting trip. Experience the thrill of nature’s path along this great Canadian Rockies waterways, carved out centuries ago by the rushing water and moving ice.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Whitewater Raft Experience

3. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Whitewater Raft Experience

Whitewater raft through some of British Columbia’s rapids in the Kicking Horse River. Raft through different rapids including, Man Eater, Shotgun, and Roller Coaster. Start the whitewater rafting journey in the calm upper cannon. In calmer waters, go for a swim and admire the views downstream. Make your way downstream to the middle canyon, where the big whitewater rapids are. You’ll raft through different rapids up to level 4 rapids. Walk up a narrow canyon and see a waterfall. Take a drink from the waterfall while relaxing by the stream. Enjoy a BBQ lunch of burgers and sizzling smokies sausages. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options available. At the end of your trip, get taken back to the rafting base by bus. There, feel free to use the hot showers and get changed before heading off.

Between Lake Louise and Revelstoke: Smartphone Audio Tour

4. Between Lake Louise and Revelstoke: Smartphone Audio Tour

Make your drive come alive with this this audio tour that covers Lake Louise to Revelstoke on Canada's iconic Highway 1. Download your audio guide and use the app offline. Take your tour from Lake Louise to Revelstoke or from Revelstoke to Lake Louise. Let your audio guide transform your drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some the mountains, rivers, lakes, canyons and glaciers. Pass by Wapta Lake, Kicking Horse Pass, the Columbia Wetlands, Purcell Mountains, and Glacier National Park. Hear about must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, and recreation areas. Explore the Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site, Albert Canyon, the Canyon Hot Springs, the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, and stretch your legs at the Giant Cedars and Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk Trails. Learn more about Illecillewaet Glacier, the Beaver River, Kinbasket Lake, Mica Dam, the Natural stone Bridge and Emerald Lake. Get a historical overview of the First Nations inhabitants and explorers. Visit as many sights as you want, knowing that the tour is always accessible.

Golden: Heli Rafting Full Day on Kicking Horse River

5. Golden: Heli Rafting Full Day on Kicking Horse River

Tick off two bucket list items in one day by combining a whitewater rafting trip down the Kicking Horse River and a helicopter tour over the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Feel the thrill of paddling through churning whitewater followed by an incredibly scenic helicopter ride over the Lower Canyon of the river. Begin your adventure by paddling down the Upper and Middle Canyons of the Kicking Horse River. Enjoy thrilling moments in huge rapids and by waterfalls surrounded by stunning scenery with your closest group of friends. Tuck into a hot lunch after a river swim and feel invigorated by immersing yourself in nature on this day trip outside of Golden. Just when you think this day can’t get any better, hop into a helicopter. And that helicopter flies you to the biggest whitewater on the river: the famous Lower Canyon. Access the Lower Canyon, which is famous for its 4 kilometer stretch of continuous class 4 whitewater. Paddle past huge vertical rock walls - and the only way to get there is by helicopter. End your day feeling like a superhero, having paddled through and flown above one of British Columbia's most exciting rivers.

Golden: Kicking Horse River Half-Day Heli Whitewater Rafting

6. Golden: Kicking Horse River Half-Day Heli Whitewater Rafting

Set out on an exciting adventure tour with this half-day Heli-rafting experience on the Kicking Horse River. Enjoy an exciting adventure full of thrilling moments, white water rapids, and hang on tight to the raft as the group gets splashed by the river. Raft the middle and lower canyons of the Kicking Horse River, the two biggest sections of white water in the area. Experience part of over 22 km of river rafting excitement. Charge down the river in a raft before experiencing the river from the air flying in a helicopter. See parts of the lower canyon that are only accessible by helicopter and get a new perspective of the area by air.

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What people are saying about Kicking Horse River

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 99 reviews

Amazing experience! From start to finish professional, friendly and knowledgeable!!This was the activity our daughter chose to celebrate her 11th Birthday and she was not disappointed! She got to sit in splash zone in the boat and wants to come back for her 12th birthday and do the bigger rapids!! We highly recommend Glacier Raft Company and will be spreading the word!!

Had an excellent time! All the staff were incredibly welcoming, knowledgeable, and made you feel you were in “good hands”. I will definitely be returning and recommending to friends. Thank you, Glacier Rafting!

Well organized, nice team. Absolutely suitable for families (more boat trip than rafting - as described), but you could have stayed / booked later for the afternoon trip. Clear recommendation!

Trip was excellent with awesome guides ! Would recommend these guys to anyone !!