Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    Trip Departure Times from River Base (AM Trip) June 15 - Sep 2: 9:00am (PM Trip) May 17 - Sep 15: 12.30pm Bus Departure Times from Banff (if transport option is selected) (AM Trip) .. read more
  • Departure Details :
    2936 Kicking Horse Rd, Golden, BC V0A 1H7, Canada
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Lake Louise Samson Mall (out front of Wilson's Sports) in Lake Louise
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Whitewater rafting is the ultimate summer activity and the Kicking Horse River is the best river in the Canadian Rockies! Embark on a 2-2.5 hour rafting journey, enjoying a mix of rapids before heading back to base to enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch.

Please note: This trip is catered to participants 12 years and up. Perfect for the first time rafter.

Know More about this tour

Following is the itinerary that is typically followed during the Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting tour. 
Stop At: Hydra River Guides
This is the Hydra River Base. The place you start your unforgettable river adventure!
Start your day by enjoying a scenic drive from Banff or Lake Louise through Yoho National Park. Upon arrival at the river base, you'll meet your river guides, get fitted into your rafting gear and enjoy the detailed safety briefing. Pose for a few group shots with your team, then head to the water!
This unforgettable journey begins calmly, allowing rafters to familiarize themselves with the raft, their paddles, and their guides' commands. Then, it's onto the mighty rapids, the Kicking Horse is famous for. As the canyon narrows, the waves build, drenching rafters in continuous rapids such as Shot Gun, Man Eater, and Roller Coaster. It's a popular whitewater journey that combines a mix of class 1-4 rapids, finishing 20 km downstream. After earning your bragging rights, head back to our private river base to enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch and view the photos of your journey. This tour is perfect for the first time rafter!
Transportation to the river base from Banff is available for an additional charge. This trip is so popular we depart twice daily!
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: Kicking Horse River, Golden, Kootenay Rockies, British Columbia
This is the mighty Kicking Horse River. This is the river we raft on all of our tours
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Yoho National Park, Field, Yoho National Park, Kootenay Rockies, British Columbia
To get to the River Base from Banff, visitors will pass through the beautiful Yoho National Park. Guests can stop at the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and the magical Takakkaw Falls.
Duration: 1 hour


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



Video and photos of your rafting adventure available for purchase

Hotel pickup and drop off (if option not selected)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case, the confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • 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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Jul-2019

    We visited Hydra last week, July 17, 2019 while on our Canadian vacation. We went on the afternoon adventure rafting tour and absolutely LOVED IT!! A major highlight of our entire week! Our guide was Dave O. who was so chill and laid back, yet completely knew what he was doing which put any nerves at ease. Great lunch, safety education, warm gear provided and all-around awesome time on the river...we HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! 👍🏻👍🏻

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This was the highlight of our week. We felt completely safe but simultaneously thrilled and excited. Adam was the best captain ever!

  • 10-Jul-2018

    I was a bit nervous when booking this tour as I've never been rafting before. I booked it for my husband and myself. From the check-in to the end of the trip everything was great. The staff was so helpful at explaining everything. We actually drove ourselves to the Hydra site from Banff, which was great because we had time to stop by and do the lower falls trail at Johnston Canyon on our way to Kicking Horse River (we booked the afternoon river trip). By the time we arrived for the afternoon trip lunch was ready! We had a grilled burger and potato salad, pasta salad, and some brownies all.
    Our river guide was Dave O. I can't say enough about how great of a guide he was. He's definitely been doing this for a long time so it made for a fun trip down the river! The water was chilly but the gear they give you was more than enough to keep the body warm. I actually welcomed the splash of cold water. You can't go wrong with booking this trip! I highly recommend it! Thanks so much Hydra for the wonderful experience!

  • 09-Jul-2018

    Brilliant tour with absoultly brilliant guides..
    Worth the long drive. Lovely views and fantastic rapids. Adam the kiwi made our tour.

  • 09-Jul-2018

    We are visiting Canada from the US. I have a 21 year old son and an 18 year old son. They were so e cited for this adventure and it did not disappoint! Eric was our guide and he made it so easy and fun!!! Afterwards lunch was way more than expected! We had grilled cheeseburgers with sautéed onions and homemade pickles! We also were served potato salad and pasta salad that was unbelievable!! To top off the meal we had the most delicious brownies! I highly recommend This adventure through Hydra!

  • 13-Sep-2017

    I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. Water was lower this time of year so the rapids were a bit less intimidating. Kyle was an awesome guide. We always felt comfortable with him. He always talked and kept the boat lively. This was my first time and I will definitely start this as a new obsession. Beautiful, spectacular scenery and great, efficient company to work with. I would suggest driving to Hydra if you have a rental car. The transportation option can be a bit slower with more stops. You are so tired at the end of the day you just want to get back to your hotel. Organized, awesome, friendly company.

  • 22-Aug-2017

    Kyle was amazing and made me feel safe throughout the day. Travel with husband and 19 and 21 year olds. All loved the tour

  • 19-Aug-2017

    Fantastic trip. A must do! Great staff from being picked up to the raft tour and even bbq. Highly recommended

  • 19-Aug-2017

    The rafting itself was excellent and a lot of attention paid to safety. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. However after the rafting had finished we over 2 hours of travelling back still cold with wet hair in a bus without any sort of heating. We were freezing!!
    I would request that the organisers fix the heating in their bus and to advise everyone to take lots of warm clothes to wear afterwards.

  • 14-Aug-2017

    An absolutely fantastic trip. Our guide Anthea was so funny, she had us in stitches. I was a bit concerned because Anthea is tiny but WOW, she could make that raft do everything she wanted it to! The lunch was great cheese burger and potato salad. The safety induction was very professional and the whole trip was one of the highlights of our Trans Canada holiday. There are a lot of rafting companies in the area but you really should give Hydra a go - they are terrific!

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