Rafting Day Trips in Banff, Alberta

BANFF, ALBERTA – Canada – The Kicking Horse River in Banff, Alberta is the perfect destination for your next whitewater rafting vacation in the Canadian Rockies. Whether you’re a first-timer or advanced rafter, Banff Rafting has a trip tailor-made for you!

Whitewater Exciter | Gentle Rafting Trip | Maximum Horse Power

Whitewater Exciter Class II to IV+
(Morning and Afternoon departures)

rafting1With over 70,000 rafters since 1992, The Kicking Horse River is a top destination for whitewater rafting in the Canadian Rockies. Join Banff Rafting on one of the two daily Whitewater Exciter trips we take down the Kicking Horse River.

If you’ve never rafted, or if your last experience didn’t live up to your expectations, then this Banff rafting experience is the perfect option for you!  Those who love a challenge will not want to miss this exciting whitewater voyage.

As with all of Banff Rafting‘s trips, your adventure will begin at our Riverbase Daylodge, where you’ll be introduced to your own professional Banff Rafting guide. Next, you’ll be fitted for your personal rafting equipment and have a brief, safety demonstration before heading off to brave the rapids on the Kicking Horse River.

The entire trip will last between 3 and 3 ½ hours. You’ll spend 1 ½ hours of that time negotiating over 14 sets of named rapids, ranging from Class II (easy waves with small amounts of splashing) to Class IV (lots of large waves will ensure you get soaked). In between the rapids lies fast moving water and smaller waves for you to enjoy as you move seamlessly through Canada’s famous open expanses and towering canyon walls.

Some of the most popular named rapids that you will raft through include “Roller Coaster,” “Hopi Hole,” “Goat Rapid” and “Twin Peaks.“ These rapids are sure to leave you wet, laughing and eager to take on the next! The most infamous named rapids in the area are also on this trip. The “Portage” and “Shotgun” rapids are long, continuous, quick and tricky. This section of river is, without question, the most popular and memorable section of true class IV to IV+ rafting in the Alberta area. After your hour and a half of adrenaline-pumping fun, relax with cookies, fresh fruit, and beverages on the Riverbase Daylodge’s spacious deck overlooking the Kicking Horse River valley with your river rafting guides and fellow adventurers. There, you can unwind, exchange stories and begin preparations for your next trip through Alberta, Canada’s famed whitewater!

Minimum Age: 12 years old and 90 lbs (44 kg)


Gentle Rafting Trip Class I to III

rafting11Traveling with a few “reluctant rafters”? In the market for something a bit less likely to toss you overboard? This is the trip for you! Beginning inside Yoho National Park, enjoy the “float less traveled”.

Navigate six Class II and III rapids during your 1 and a half hour journey. Your trip begins with a bang on the “Alarm Clock” rapid (sure to wake you up!), but soon quiets down so you can enjoy Yoho National Park’s serene natural beauty as the guides tell you the history of the area and of its brave explorers.

As with all Banff Rafting trips, your adventure will begin at our RiverBase Daylodge, where you’ll be outfitted with the appropriate gear to keep you comfortable while rafting, receive a thorough safety briefing, and be shuttled to the starting point inside of Yoho National Park where the rafts will be ready and waiting for your arrival.

Breathe in Canada’s abundant pine, spruce and fir forests that line the route, but keep an eye out — occasionally you will enter rougher patches of river that will require your attention.

At trip’s end, change into dry clothes before enjoy fresh fruit, cookies and beverages back at the RiverBase Daylodge— a perfect end to a perfect trip on the Kicking Horse River in Alberta, Canada.

Minimum age: 8 years old


Maximum Horse Power Class II – IV+

rafting2There are certain people in our world who thrive on the “pure adrenaline” experience. For those people, Banff Rafting offers the Maximum Horse Power whitewater excursion.

Your trip begins at Banff Rafting’s RiverBase Daylodge, where lunch will be served upon your arrival. Dine on delicious barbecue chicken breast, prepared with a tasty marinade, or opt for a garden vegetarian burger instead. Fresh french rolls, caesar and potato salads, cookies, baked goods and fresh fruit round out the meal.

After lunch, you’ll meet your river rafting guides and be outfitted with all the dry, clean and comfortable equipment you’ll need for your trip. After a short shuttle ride down to the river where your raft awaits and a thorough briefing, you’re off.

The first portion of this trip is Banff Rafting’s Whitewater Exciter trip, with 14 rapids reaching Class IV levels. You’ll cover approx. 12 kms. (8 mi.) of river during this time, but remember, you’re not finished yet.

You’ll stop and portage around a non-navigable section of river before entering the exciting Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. This section of river offers one of the longest, sustained Class IV to IV+ sections of whitewater in western Canada and is a ride not soon forgotten. Rapids such as “Double Trouble”, “Town House Rock” and “The Nozzle” will provide that rush that you have been looking for! This section of river ends in the town of Golden, Alberta after a total of 22 spine-tingling kilometers.

This whitewater rafting trip is one of Banff, Alberta’s most challenging and is best suited for those with prior rafting experience.

Minimum age: 16 years old