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Best Whitewater rafting rivers in Canada

Kicking Horse River

It’s not biased to call the best the best. Named after an unruly steed, the river plays to a subtly untamed 20km of non-stop rapids, set against the stunning backdrop of Yoho National Park.  The class 3 and 4 rapids will test beginners and old hands alike, and you can do it all in a single day. We’re proud to call the kicking horse river our home! (Find out more about Kicking Horse Rafting Trips)

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Best Whitewater rafting rivers in Canada
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Canadian Rockies Rafting: Get Ready For Glacier Fresh Rapids

Are you hoping to kick off your next Rocky Mountain vacation with some heart-pumping adventure? Hydra River Guides is proud to be one of the leading rafting companies in the region, welcoming hundreds of guests to the awesome shores of the Kicking Horse each season. Located just 75 minutes away from beautiful Banff, Golden, BC is a premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. With glacier-fed waves just waiting to be conquered, adventurers of all ages and experience levels are sure to be thrilled. Learn more about the unique aspects of rafting in the Rockies below!

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Canadian Rockies Rafting: Get Ready For Glacier Fresh Rapids
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Banff Vacations: Tackle The Rockies With Hydra River Guides

Dreaming of your next Rocky Mountain escape? Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta is the perfect alpine destination for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living and embrace a walk on the wild side. With plenty of activities to do and places to see, the Banff region is ideal for adventurers of all ages and activity levels. If you’re wondering how to make the most of your next summer vacation in Banff, below!

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Banff Vacations: Tackle The Rockies With Hydra River Guides
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Get more for your cash with Hydra River Guides

 

We get it, the last thing you want to do before taking a thrilling ride down the Kicking Horse River is to have your buzz dampened by spending ages shuttling to and from river bases/changing rooms/ river put in etc.

At Hydra River Guides we have a unique advantage due to the location of our River Base. This 6 acre stretch of land, located right on the banks of the Kicking Horse, gives us unparalleled access to the river, stunning views and enables us to provide guests with a better rafting experience.

Where most other rafting companies have their bases located off-river, meaning you have to spend time hopping on coaches to and from the launch site, our unique base means that you can go straight from the change rooms to the river, therefore leaving you more room to truly enjoy your adventure down the Kicking Horse. We are also the closest operation to Banff (others are based in Golden) which means we will save you over an hour of driving, getting you off the road quicker and onto the rapids.

Comfort is also at the top of our agenda and, as such, we offer separate changing rooms for you to get kitted out before you head out, and warm showers for you to rinse in after you are done. 

Once you are feeling refreshed (and hungry from your excursions down the river) the base also features a picnic area where you can come and enjoy a catered lunch (on most trips)  where we serve delicious burgers, both Certified Alberta Beef and vegetarian, as well as salads, brownies and cold drinks.

Add in the small matter of 22kms of grade 3 and 4 rapids, and there’s a whole lot to fit in a four hour excursion.
We’re proud to call the Kicking Horse River our home and, with our unique access and facilities, it really is. So take the hassle out of your trip and come and experience them for yourself.

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Get more for your cash with Hydra River Guides
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Stay And Play: Planning The Ultimate Kicking Horse Day Trip

Looking to make the most of your Canadian Rocky getaway and extend your fun? With so many fantastic areas to explore in the region, there’s no shortages of adventures to be had. For those looking to make a splash and tackle the mighty rivers that the Rockies are famous for, Golden, BC is a must-visit destination. Home to the epic Kicking Horse River, Golden is just 75 minutes away from Banff, Alberta and is surrounded by six of Canada’s most stunning national parks: Yoho, Glacier, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Mount Revelstoke. If you’re hoping to conquer the river, but are wondering what to do afterwards (after all, a true adventurer never quits!), below are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy in and around the Kicking Horse region.

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Stay And Play: Planning The Ultimate Kicking Horse Day Trip
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Golden, BC: Your Dream Whitewater Rafting Location

Itching for a mountain getaway and on the hunt for adventure? Located just a short drive from Banff, Alberta, Golden, BC is the perfect spot for outdoor exploration and is home to the famous Kicking Horse River. With some of the best rapids North America has to offer and plenty of natural beauty to take in, Golden is the perfect destination for outdoor adventure. Learn more about the town of Golden, as well as Hydra’s many available trips, below!

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Golden, BC: Your Dream Whitewater Rafting Location
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Raft In The Canadian Rockies With Hydra River Guides

Rushing waters, stunning beauty, and no shortage of adventure to be found. These are the Canadian Rockies! If you’re in search of your next whitewater rafting destination, Canada has some of the best rapids you’ll find in North America. Located in Golden, British Columbia, the Kicking Horse River is infamous for its mighty rapids and attracts countless guests from all over North American and beyond each season. With endless thrills just waiting to be had, you’re sure to enjoy your time on these incredible rapids.

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Raft In The Canadian Rockies With Hydra River Guides
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Family Friendly Rafting On The Kananaskis River

Are you looking to introduce your littlest adventurers to the wonderfully wild world of whitewater rafting? Worried about tackling the killer rapids that the Kicking Horse is famous for? Hydra River Guides is pleased to offer multiple family friend trips, including our Mild Trip on the Kicking Horse in Golden, BC as well as our tours of the Kananaskis River. As a gentler alternative to the Kicking Horse, the Kananaskis is ideal for those wanting a slow and steady intro to rating. Learn more about the Kananaskis as well as Hydra’s trips below.

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Family Friendly Rafting On The Kananaskis River
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Experience The Kicking Horse With Hydra River Guides This Summer

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion with an adventure? Whether you’re looking to suit up with your nearest and dearest or create some epic memories while team building, Hydra River Guides is proud to give your whole crew a one-of-a-kind Rocky Mountain experience. Grab a paddle and get ready to see the Rockies (and the Kicking Horse River) like never before with one of our thrill-inducing packages below!

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Experience The Kicking Horse With Hydra River Guides This Summer
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Conquer The Kicking Horse With Hydra River Guides

Spring is just around the corner, are you ready for your next big adventure? Every year, hundreds of rafters descend upon the Kicking Horse River to take advantage of world-class rapids, incredible scenery and an adventure like no other. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Golden, BC, Hydra River Guides is just 90 minutes away from Banff, Alberta and is the closest tour company to the river. Learn more about the infamous Kicking Horse, as well as rafting with Hydra below.

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Conquer The Kicking Horse With Hydra River Guides