Planning your Banff Rafting Adventure

Banff Rafting has all the information you need to plan your whitewater adventure on the Kicking Horse River in Banff, Alberta. And while you’re in the area, be sure to check out the rest of what Banff National Park has to offer or check out rafting in Jasper.

Your Personal Rafting Gear

When selecting your personal equipment for your Banff Rafting whitewater adventure you’ll want to keep safety and warmth in mind. You’ll be provided with all of the following items, dry and clean, on all of our trips:

  • Warm, fleece sweaters
  • Hooded nylon spray or paddle jackets
  • Thick-soled wetsuit booties (so you won’t need river shoes)
  • Government approved, whitewater lifejackets and helmets
  • Neoprene gloves to keep your hands comfortable while rafting
  • 5 mm, expedition weight wetsuits

Whitewater Rafting Equipment

Rafting is one of the best vacation activities in Banff, Alberta, but you need to have the proper rafting equipment. At Banff Rafting, we choose only the best equipment for the job, refusing to cut corners when it comes to selecting gear for use on the river. Our “self-bailing” rafts are on the technological cutting edge of raft design and perform exceptionally well on the tough, Alberta whitewater rivers. Our variety of models can be modified by the guide to use either our custom-made rowing frames, in which some of the crew paddle and some simply enjoy the ride, or we can arrange to have the entire crew paddling under the instruction of your guide. This versatility enables us to select the most appropriate rafting style for each crew based on the different rivers and the constantly changing water levels. Generally, we use our “oar with paddle assist” setup for our half-day trips, while our multi-day trips are “all-paddle.”

Our RiverBase Daylodge – Our Operations Hub

Warm change rooms, large, sunny deck (where you can enjoy a hot coffee, bakery treats and a chat with your guide following your river trip) and equipment cleaning and drying rooms are the features that you’ll find at our RiverBase Daylodge.

Personal Items to Bring With You

We will provide you with as much essential equipment as possible, however, you will need to bring a few personal items for your trip. For all of our trips, you will need to bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Warm clothes to change into after your trip

Still have questions?

Check out our Banff Rafting FAQs, our Banff, Alberta Travel Guide and Vacation Information or scope out our whitewater travel packages for money-saving deals! And once you’ve ridden the rapids on the Kicking Horse River, don’t forget to book a tour with Jasper Vacations or Banff Travel to see more of what the Banff, Alberta area has to offer!