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Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting

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    What to Expect
    Take a heart-pumping ride through the Class 4+ rapids of Kicking Horse River on this wet-and-wild half-day white water excursion. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a fun way to cool off, this rafting trip is sure to please. 

    Start your day with an optional pickup from select hotels in Lake Louise and Banff. Check with your tour operator for exact schedule. If you haven't selected the pickup option, make your own way through the picturesque Yoho National Park to the Kicking Horse put-in site in Golden, approximately 1.5 hours west of Banff. Before you jump in the boat, meet your river guides and get outfitted with necessary rafting gear.

    From there, head out on the river, starting with a relatively calm stretch to allow you to get acquainted with your guides’ commands, paddle and boat. Soon the Canyon narrows and the true excitement begins, taking you on pulse-pounding trip through the thrills and spills of the river’s Class 4+ white water.

    Finish your rafting odyssey 12 miles (20 kilometers) downstream, where you’ll disembark the raft for a welcome BBQ lunch (provided after AM tours and before PM tours), complete with vegetarian options. At the end of your meal, receive an optional drop-off back in Lake Louise or Banff, or make your own way home.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hydra River Guides, River Base, 2936 Kicking Horse Rd, Golden, BC V0A 1H0, Canada

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Lake Louise Samson Mall (out front of Wilson's Sports)
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • All river rafting equipment
    • Certified guides
    • BBQ lunch (including vegetarian options)
    • Local taxes
    • Hotel pickup and drop off (if option selected)
    • Entry/Admission - Hydra River Guides
    • Gratuities
    • Video and photos of your rafting adventure available for purchase
    • Hotel pickup and drop off (if option not selected)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • Children must weigh at least 90 lbs to participate in this tour
    • Please Note: This trip is for people aged 12 years and up
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Garret was a fantastic guide - his added geology knowledge was an awesome bonus. Transport from Banff was very easy, Shannon was so lovely and gave great information on the drive. The lunch that was included was delicious. The scariest part of the tour is...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank elisehh2019
    Reviewed 15 September 2019

    The guides were informative, knowledgeable, and ensured everyone's safety on the boat. The experience was both thrilling and relaxing!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Ktin3
    BanffAdventures, Public Relations Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

    Hi! Thanks for your positive review. We are glad that you had a thrilling yes relaxing experience. The best of both worlds! Hope to see you next summer! -- Hayley, Hydra River Guides

    Reviewed 11 September 2019

    Hats off to you and your guides Hydra! Done rafting in the Banff area before and thought that was fun but this took it to the next level. Awesome lunch provided too!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank natemckee
    BanffAdventures, Public Relations Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hi Nate, thanks for your positive comments! That's great to hear you had a blast with us. And you enjoyed our yummy lunch! Look forward to seeing you next season hopefully! -- Hayley, Hydra River Guides

    Reviewed 11 September 2019

    We got picked up by Scott. He was seriously one of the best drivers ever. You could tell he loves to teach. He used to be a social studies teacher. He gave us so much info. I wasn't expecting anything more than a guy just...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Meecheroo
    BanffAdventures, Public Relations Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hi there! It sounds like you had a great time on the trip and the overall experience was certainly worth while! Thanks for recommending us and sharing your experience with us. We certainly take pride in the level of service that we offer, along with...More

    Reviewed 11 September 2019 via mobile

    the staff (Adam) is professional in his job. It worths for joining this activity. Not hard as you think. 😁

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank harautai t
    BanffAdventures, Public Relations Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hi! Thanks for your feedback. That's right, our trips are designed so that anyone can partake - so the rafting isn't hard at all, just a really fun experience! Hope you to you next season! -- Hayley, Hydra River Guides

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    barb k
    13 August 2019|
    Response from Cossittlt1109 | Reviewed this property |
    We drove to Kicking Horse rafting start point. Really nice drive with Lake Louise not far off the highway. Took approximately 1 1/2 to drive and very scenic.
    barb k
    13 August 2019|
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    Response from Wanda O | Reviewed this property |
    If you dont have a vehicle you can phone the company and they will give you all the details and locations to be picked up at.
    12 August 2019|
    Response from WENDAL70 | Reviewed this property |
    the water is very low this time of year, you still get a little white water action and with the fall colours would still be worth a trip, plus I believe the rates are much lower this time of year
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