Spend the day whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River, one of the best whitewater rivers in Canada. There are several trip options to choose from ranging from a gentle ride to maximum whitewater thrills. Choose from a half or full day adventure.
For the family or those seeking a milder river experience the gentle rafting trip is ideal. Starting inside of Yoho National Park, enjoy the “float less traveled”. But, it’s not all gentle and calm. In fact, there are six excellent rapids from class II to III to splash or soak you during the 1½ hour journey. “The Alarm Clock” rapid (sure to wake you up!) is just moments after pushing off shore, and “Hopi Hole” will dowse the crew!
The half day tour is an exceptional stretch of whitewater that runs twice a day. You’ll experience over 14 sets of named rapids during your 1½ hrs. of fun on the river. The named rapids range from class II (easy, fun) to class IV (very splashy, challenging and wet!) and there is plenty of fast moving water and smaller waves to enjoy while you float through breathtaking scenery and past towering canyon walls. There are numerous rapids, such as, “Roller Coaster”, “Hopi Hole”, “Goat Rapid” and “Twin Peaks” that are certain to leave you with big smiles. The most famous rapid is known throughout the area . . . the “Portage” and “Shotgun” rapids! (Cue dramatic music!) Long, continuous, quick and tricky, this section of river is, without question, the most popular and memorable section of true class IV to IV+.
If you’ve got more time for the river, then the full day tour is for you. This traditional Kicking Horse River trip combines the beauty and peaceful upper section of the river with the more exciting rapids found in the half day trip . . . plus you’ll enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch served back at the river base following the trip.
When only the best and most exciting will satisfy your adrenalin “fix,” then only the full day Lower Canyon ride will do. The morning is spent on the regular half day run then there is a short portage and it is off to the Lower Canyon section. 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 severe soakings and perma-smiles! This section of river ends in the town of Golden after a total of 22 spine-tingling kilometers!