The Kicking Horse Classic is our premier trip, including the biggest & best rapids, rafting gear, qualified guides and BBQ lunch

Starting at our private river base, this unforgettable journey begins calmly, allowing rafters to familiarize themselves with the raft, paddles and guide’s commands.

Get to know your fellow rafters and find out fun facts about the river as you take in the views of the serene upper section. 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.

149 per person

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Finish off smiling ear to ear, having just earned your bragging rights; then board the shuttle back to the Hydra River Base. Rinse off in warm showers and make use of our private change rooms before viewing the rafting photos of your day. Check out who was holding on (even when they said they weren’t), who’s pulling the best face and who simply got drenched.

This trip includes a delicious and satisfying BBQ lunch. On the menu are juicy burgers with baked local buns, fresh assorted salads and tasty desserts. The sweeping river views are the perfect backdrop for guests to enjoy their hearty lunch or challenge friends to a game of volleyball.

If you’re looking for the best adventure in the Rockies, this is it!


Trip Details

 Departure time:

Trip departs from the Hydra River Base: Daily: 12:30 pm

Transport available from Banff & Lake Louise

Trip Duration: 2 hours on water, 4 hours in total duration

 Trip includes:

Everything to get you on the river: wetsuit, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket, neoprene booties and helmet plus guide instruction, safety briefing, BBQ lunch, drinks and dessert. Please bring a swimsuit, towel & bag for personal belongings. There is a secure place on site to leave your belongings while rafting.

 Meeting place:

Meet at the Hydra River Base. Transport is available from Banff & Lake Louise for an additional $20.

 What’s for Lunch:

We offer a delicious riverside BBQ lunch. On the menu is juicy Alberta Angus beef or vegetarian burgers, fresh, baked, local buns, assorted salads, chocolate brownies and cold beverages. Trip 1 has lunch after the raft trip and Trip 2 has lunch before the raft trip.

 This trip is best for:

Everyone! First time or experienced rafters. No previous experience is necessary.


All rafters must be at least 12 years of age and weigh minimum 90lbs.

149 per person

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Whitewater rafting is a must with these guys. The whole day was exceptional. The facilities and staff were top notch and the food was delicious.

- Janine B, Tripadvisor