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River Rafting

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Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Half Day Whitewater Rafting

1. 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.

Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

2. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

Enjoy an exhilarating whitewater rafting tour on the Kicking Horse River as you brave Class 2 to Class 4/4+ waters with a guide. Take on rapids such as Hopi's Hole, Cable Car, Table Saw, and the famous Portage and Shotgun. Your experience begins at the local partner's day lodge, conveniently located on the TransCanada Highway. After a warm welcome, your crew distributes top-of-the-line rafting gear (wetsuit, wetsuit booties and gloves, spray jackets, life jackets, and helmets). In the comfort of heated change rooms, change into the provided gear before taking a quick shuttle to the "put-in" (starting point), where you receive your extensive safety briefing before jumping in the river. This is the biggest whitewater river in the Rockies. Prepare to hold on and get wet. Enjoy the canyon environment and possibly get a glimpse of a mountain goat, wolf, or bear. Following your trip, another quick shuttle returns you back to the warmth of the base. Once changed back into dry and comfortable land clothes, enjoy snacks and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Stop by the gift shop for a souvenir or photo of the trip to take back home.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

3. 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.

Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

4. Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

Get a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting on Class 1-3 rapids starting in Yoho National Park of Canada. Experience moderately-challenging rapids and the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies.  Check-in at the lodge conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1. Be fitted with top-of-the-line gear and transported to the starting point of the rafting experience. Receive a thorough safety briefing before setting off on the river. Embark on a 90-minute downstream journey starting with the "Alarm Clock" rapid, which is sure to wake everyone up. In between the exciting rapids, take in the beautiful scenery surrounding you on all sides. Learn about the wildlife in the area, how the Kicking Horse River got its name, and how the river gets its beautiful blue color. Finish the rafting trip at "Hopi's Hole", which serves as an exciting grande finale. After the rafting, be taken back to the lodge to relax and warm up in the heated changing-rooms. Once back in warm, dry clothes, enjoy freshly baked goodies and seasonal fruit along with a selection of hot and cold beverages. Browse through the gift shop to pick up a souvenir t-shirt or photos from your experience.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Full Day Whitewater Rafting

5. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Full Day Whitewater Rafting

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.

Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

6. Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

Whether you’re a thrill seeking adventure junkie or just trying to get away from the stress of everyday life and back to nature, this super exciting rafting trip, the Wet & Wild Elaho Exhilarator, has everything you’ll need to recharge your batteries.  It's one of the most popular rafting adventures here.   The talented team of professional river guides will teach you the skills necessary to ride big waves and catch air as you navigate down the Class 3-4 Elaho and Squamish Rivers. Your courage will be tested as you travel through the infamous “Devil’s Elbow” section of the rapids, as seen on TV’s famous "Eco-Challenge Adventure Race". Depending on the water levels, you’ll also be able to swim through some small rapids and enjoy a few laughs as your crewmates scramble to stay on board. Along with some of North America’s most exhilarating rapids, your river journey will take you through approximately 10 miles of British Columbia’s most inspiring wilderness. Take time to appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the world-class scenery including old growth forests, dormant volcanoes, towering glaciers, and stunning waterfalls that cascade hundreds of feet toward the river. If you’re really lucky you’ll get a glimpse of the local deer, beavers, and bears which often stop by the river’s edge. This is white water rafting at its best!   After the trip, you'll be taken back to the fully-equipped rafting base at the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort where you can enjoy the facilities at the resort, including a full service restaurant and awesome fully-licensed outdoor patio area. Relax, check out the photos and GoPro videos shot on the trip, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and comfort of the resort.

Family-Friendly Cheakamus Splash

7. Family-Friendly Cheakamus Splash

Enjoy a half-day rafting trip that features small splashy rapids, outstanding scenery and lots of laughs. It’s an ideal outdoor activity for families, children, seniors, and anyone looking for a gentle and fun scenic rafting adventure. As you raft down the glacier-fed Cheakamus River between old growth forests, you’ll experience the excitement of gentle rapids and see a variety of birds, wildlife, waterfalls, and the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. Learn about the intriguing Squamish First Nations history, a key part of the history of the area. There will also be a water fight for the kids. Perfect the art of splashing others and get a chance to cool off with a quick dip in the pure, glacier-fed water. When your river journey ends, you will be taken back to the fully equipped rafting base where you can change back into your own clothes and enjoy the facilities at the resort including a full service restaurant and awesome fully-licensed outdoor patio area. Relax with your family and friends in the beautiful sunshine and comfort of the resort, and check out the photos and videos shot on your trip.

Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Trip with BBQ

8. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Trip with BBQ

Set off on the famous Kicking Horse River for a genuine Rocky Mountain whitewater rafting experience. The 5-hour trip (2.5-hours on the river) combines all the best the river has to offer: bouncy and splashy waves, calm and scenic float sections, and big whitewater rapids.  Check in at the local partner's base, conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1, and change into your top-of-the-line gear, which is provided. Transfer then to the rafting start point and, following a thorough safety briefing, it will be time to get on the river. Begin on the upper, more gentle, scenic section of the Yoho National Park. For approximately 1-hour, enjoy splashing through the waves as you warm up for the more intense sections downstream. The second half of the trip, taking approximately 1.5 hours, is made up of 14 sets of rapids ranging from Class 2 to Class 4+. Expect to get soaked during this section! After rafting, transfer back to the base to enjoy the warmth of the DayLodge and heated change rooms. Once back in warm, dry clothes, enjoy a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch.

Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Experience

9. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Experience

Whitewater rafting is the ultimate summer activity, and the Kicking Horse River is the best river in the Canadian Rockies. This is your chance to take a heart-pumping ride through these Class IV rapids on Kicking Horse River, throughout a wet-and-wild half-day excursion. Meet at the Kicking Horse River Base site in Golden, approximately 1.5 hours west of Banff. Before you jump in the boat, you will meet your river guides and get outfitted with all the necessary rafting gear. From there, you will head out on to the river, starting with a relatively calm stretch to allow you to become acquainted with your guides’ commands, your paddle, and your boat. Soon the canyon narrows and the true excitement begins, taking you on a pulse-pounding trip through the thrills and spills of the river’s Class IV white water. You will eventually finish your rafting odyssey 12 miles (20 kilometers) downstream, where you’ll disembark the raft. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a fun way to cool off, this rafting trip is sure to please.

Squamish River: Scenic Twilight Float

10. Squamish River: Scenic Twilight Float

Take part in an ideal outdoor evening activity for families, children, seniors, and anyone looking for an exciting outing full of breathtaking scenery. The Squamish Scenic Twilight Float is a family friendly rafting float trip that features views of picturesque natural landscapes, wildlife sightings, and lots of laughs shared under the setting sun. Travel through the lower Squamish River and surrender to the relaxing flow of the water whilst admiring the breathtaking scenery of the Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls, Mount Garibaldi, and the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Witness a view of all these incredible natural occurring landmarks from the unique position of your float. Enjoy an evening with your family, friends and nature during this idyllic scenic interpretive float and learn about the world renowned Squamish Valley and its local wildlife as dusk settles over the Coastal Mountains.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Brilliant trip. From the ease and courtesy of the Vancouver pickup to the skill and professionalism of every part of the team, this was the best activity we did on our holiday. Exhilarating rafting through spectacular scenery - just perfect.

It was a great experience. The crew at wild water adventures made everything run smoothly. Simon was an awesome captain that was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. He made the adventure very enjoyable!

This was amazing! The rapids were wild, and the guides were wonderful and so much fun! A great activity to get your heart pumping while also looking at beautiful scenery!

Fantastic activity. Professionally run with a personal touch from start to finish. Would highly recommend and worth every penny.

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