ALBERTA and BC – Canada - Each year, May through September, tourists flock to the Canadian Rockies to whitewater raft the Kicking Horse River — a beautiful, glacier-fed body of water colored a stunning turquoise.

“Nothing beats getting cooled off by the water while rafting here,” said John Arbol, an experienced Kicking Horse River whitewater rafting guide.

Named in 1858, the Kicking Horse River connects through the Rockies to the valley of the Bow River. The Trans-Canada Highway traverses the river at several points as it goes west from Yoho National Park to Golden, British Columbia.

Blending incredible scenery with rich history, the Kicking Horse is an ideal place to experience the excitement of whitewater rafting. Nature lovers should also know that the river is abundant with wildlife which frequents its banks. The morning section of the Kicking Horse begins in Yoho National Park and offers prime wildlife viewing.

Rapids here range in difficulty, suiting rafters of all levels. Beginners, or families looking for a calmer ride, can start out on Class II rapids, while more seasoned rafters can take on the Class IV waters.

“If you are looking to take your family on a whitewater adventure, a scenic float on the Kicking Horse is a perfect option. There is a lot to see and do, while giving your kids their first taste of adventure,” said Arbol. “Later in the Upper Canyon for those that continue on, there are a lot of Class III and IV, so be prepared for a thrilling ride.”

Whitewater Rafting the Lower Canyon – Kicking Horse River

Enjoy the unbelievable scenery of the Kicking Horse River’s Lower Canyon. Rafters float through high-walled canyons while navigating an exciting set of rapids.

“After the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting is over here, there is a relaxing float along calm water through town,” said Arbol.

Kicking Horse Whitewater Rafting Tours

Kicking Horse River Challenge

Ideal for first-time rafters, this no-experience required whitewater rafting trip on the Kicking Horse river will begin on the Upper Reaches of the river in Yoho National Park. You’ll learn to work as a team as you master the paddles and the waves. After a riverside BBQ lunch, don’t settle in just yet: you’ve got 22km of whitewater to raft! Take on the challenge on your Canmore-Kananaskis vacation.

From: $149
Check in time: 9am
Departure time: 9:30am (full day)

Ultimate Whitewater

On this Canadian Rockies whitewater rafting adventure, you will experience one of the most thrilling sections of the river. Continuous Class III & Class IV+ rapids will have you soaked in no time! You’ll raft down the Middle and Lower Canyon, and you can even try a supervised swim of a Class III rapid at the end of the trip if you’d like. All experience levels are accepted for this ride.

From: $119
Check in time: 11:15am
Departure time: 11:45am (end around 4:30pm)

Other Information:

  • No lunch included, just a snack

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