Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting

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Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting
from AUD $209.99
Whitewater rafting is the ultimate summer activity and the Kicking Horse River is the best river in the Canadian Rockies! Embark on a 2 hour rafting journey, enjoying a mix of mighty rapids with your guide. Trip includes a delicious BBQ lunch. Please note: This trip is catered to participants 12 years and up. Perfect for the first time rafter.
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In Brief

Golden, Canada
4 hours

May 15 to September 15

Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hydra River Guides, River Base, 2936 Kicking Horse Rd, Golden, BC V0A 1H0, Canada

This is the Hydra River Base. The place we 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 with 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, Highway 1, Golden, British Columbia Canada

This is the mighty Kicking Horse River. This is the river we raft on all of our tours

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Trans-Canada Highway, Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0 Canada

To get to the River Base from Banff, visitors will pass through the beautiful Yoho National Park. Guests can stop at the spiral Tunnels, Emeral Lake and the magical Takkaw 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


  • Gratuities
  • Video and photos of your rafting adventure available for purchase
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (if option not selected)

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)

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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 40 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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!! 👍🏻👍🏻
• Submitted 24 Jul 2019
This was the highlight of our week. We felt completely safe but simultaneously thrilled and excited. Adam was the best captain ever!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Brilliant tour with absoultly brilliant guides.. Worth the long drive. Lovely views and fantastic rapids. Adam the kiwi made our tour.
• Submitted 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!
• Submitted 09 Jul 2018
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.
• Submitted 13 Sep 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
• Submitted 22 Aug 2017
Fantastic trip. A must do! Great staff from being picked up to the raft tour and even bbq. Highly recommended
• Submitted 19 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!
• Submitted 14 Aug 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 30 Jul 2017
OMG highlight of our holiday for sure. This was our first time ever rafting and it was so amazing. Rob our guide was fantastic and so much fun. Everything ran so smoothly and the lunch was just perfect. Everything is well explained and demonstrated for you and all gear supplied is in good order. Can't wait to try this again one day.
• Submitted 23 Jul 2017
Everything was as advertised. The guides were personable and very skilled. The lunch was filling and all the staff very helpful and friendly. Would go again with this company.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2016
This was the best decision of our vacation in Banff! The tour guide, Dave, was very experienced and very nice. He made sure that we all felt safe, but had a great time. The rapids were exciting but it always felt like he had everything under control. The facilities were very nice - there were changing rooms to get in and out of your swimsuit and wet suit. We were worried about being cold, but they provide you with all the gear and cover-ups you need so you are actually very comfortable and even welcomed the cold splash of glacier water in your face! Highly recommend this trip as a great way to see beautiful sights and experience some thrills!
• Submitted 09 Aug 2016
We are on holiday in Canada and this was recommended by a friend who had previously done this activity... It was fantastic and the guide JARO was brilliant fun whilst being professional... We all had a fantastic day out... Full marks
• Submitted 28 Jul 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 25 Jul 2016
Excellent day even though it was raining and cold so we got wet from above as well as from the river. Be prepared to put effort in usually required at the hardest spots of the river. Good safety instructions. BBQ lunch was burger or vegetable burger with salad, coleslaw etc. Absolutely fine for this sort of activity. The bus drive from Banff to venue is over 90 minutes and the bus is a little old. Changing facilities are also very basic, annoyingly some ladies decided to get changed afterwards in the toilets, why do they have to do that!
• Submitted 07 Jul 2016
Amazing day. Well organized. Great people. Great views. Lots of fun!!!
• Submitted 24 Jun 2016
This is my second time doing this tour and I loved it! Our guide Jaro was great! The food was very tasty and the rafting was fun and exciting!
• Submitted 19 Jun 2016
excellent great experience staff aboslutely awesome both my wife and i would recommend this to anybody just do it helped make our holiday
• Submitted 21 Jun 2016
excellent great experience staff aboslutely awesome both my wife and i would recommend this to anybody just do it helped make our holiday
• Submitted 21 Jun 2016
We had a brilliant time, wish we could have done the add on time at the end but unfortunately had to get the bus back to Banff, next time we will make our own way there and do the extra time. Could have done with seeing the guide at the end of the trip so that we could tip him personally he did a great job.
• Submitted 09 Jul 2015
Highlight of my holiday. This tour was so much fun. Everything was well organised and I always felt safe on the river. It starts of pretty calm to get everyone comfortable. The last leg of the ride is very exhilarating, with class 4 rapids. A must-do.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2014
Great Tour! Highly recommend!
• Submitted 01 Aug 2011
As nervous as we were - the guides were awesome and we would so do it in an instant again!!! Incredible experience.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2010

In Brief

Golden, Canada
4 hours

May 15 to September 15

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