Ready to begin your trip down the famous Kicking Horse River?

Hydra's raft guides are ready to introduce you to the wild rapids you came for. Suit up, grab your paddle, and get ready for adventure! We think it’s best whitewater rafting trip in Alberta or British Columbia! The Kicking Horse River is perfect for those adrenaline junkies wanting to get their fix! Covering a distance of 22 km, the Kicking Horse River offers the wildest whitewater ride in the Canadian Rockies.  

The Hydra River Base

The Hydra River Base is where your adventure begins and ends. Located a short drive from Banff, Lake Louise and Golden, the journey is filled with stunning views and wildlife spotting. Featuring an exclusive 6 acres of land right on the riverbank, our River Base includes flush toilets, change rooms, and hot beach style showers to make sure you suit up in comfort before hitting the water.

Kicking Horse History

Welcome to the Kicking Horse River, one of North America’s premiere destination for fun, sun, and of course: wild rapids! Located in beautiful Yoho National Park, the Kicking horse takes its name from Sir James Hector’s encounter with a particularly feisty horse during the 1958 Palliser Expedition. Join us for a trip down the river, you’ll be sure to have a blast!

Mild Trip

For those with little ones joining us our Mild Trip, your rafting adventure will take you through a relaxing float through the gentler areas of the Kicking Horse River. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the water, take in the sights, and maybe even have a rival raft water flight!  Your tour includes a delicious lunch at our private River Base. This trip is perfect for families with young children.

 

Portage / Shotgun Rapids

The Kicking Horse is famous for its rapids. Some of the most popular stretches are the portage and shotgun sections, named for a 1970 landslide that enabled paddlers to run the rapid instead of having to travel (portage) around it. These class 4 rapids are the biggest on the river! the Kicking Horse Classic and Last Waltz trips venture through through these rapids.

Wildlife Spotting 

In between battling the rapids and making a splash, keep an eye out for the local wildlife that frequent the area. Our "goat" rapid was named for the mountain goats that scale the high cliffs of the canyon besdie the river.

 

The Take Out

Now that you’ve tackled the river, had plenty of laughs, and made memories to last a lifetime, it’s time to dry off and relax! We’ll transport you back to our private River Base where you can check out the photos of your day!

A Day Full of Memories

Your wild ride may be over, but that doesn't mean your adventure is. Head back to the River Base for some great eats, a chance to view professional photos of your trip, and to warm up from your day on the water. Ready for your next adventure? Hydra's always happy to see return guests.

See you on the river!

CHOOSE YOUR TRIP

Recommended Packages

 Bringing a Group?

See our group rates