Banff Adventures - Banff Whitewater Rafting

Rushing water, heart-pumping adrenaline, and picturesque beauty around every turn. Welcome to the famous Kicking Horse River! Whether you’re a diehard adventure seeker or a first time rafter looking to make special memories with friends, a day spent on the water is the perfect way to experience the magic of Mother Nature firsthand.

Banff Adventures, in partnership with our sister company Hydra River Guides, are proud to help you embark on a one of kind Rocky Mountain adventure with our  tours geared towards rafters of all experience levels and ages. From little explorers to seasoned adrenaline junkies, we offer you an all-access pass to this incredible feat of nature. Grab your paddle and suit up, it’s time to hit the waves for an adventure of a lifetime!

There are three times to choose from to experience the exciting Kicking Horse River. All trips feature experienced guides, all of the equipment you need, a variety of class 1-4 rapids, and endless splashes and laughs. Back at our gorgeous River Base, enjoy a refreshing rinse and pat yourself on the back for a job well done! We also offer family trips on the Kananaskis River for little adventurers.


Whitewater Rafting ACTIVITIES


Our most popular trip



An unforgettable whitewater journey that combines a mix of class 1-4 rapids, finishing 20 km downstream.

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Final trip of the day



Get ready to get splashed as you navigate through the upper and middle canyons of the Kicking Horse River.

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A gentle raft trip



Perfect for families with children aged 8-11 years old seeking a calm river experience on the Kicking Horse River

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Family friendly close to Calgary



Operating on a different river, the Kananaskis River offers the novice rafter a fun introduction to white water rafting.

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Whitewater Rafting from Banff

Located 75 minutes away from Banff in gorgeous Golden, BC, the Kicking Horse River is famous for big waves, wild waters, and some of the best views the Rockies have to offer. With the rafting season typically beginning in May each year, guests from all over the world flock to Banff National Park to try their hand at conquering the river. As the rafting company located closest to the river (our River Base is located right on the banks of the Kicking Horse River), you'll get plenty of extra time on the water. We also offer family adventures on the Kananaskis River, just 45 minutes east of Banff. These trips are perfect for kids aged 5-11 years as they get a taste of the rapids, without hitting the big stuff!


What to expect

After suiting up in the comfort of our exclusive river base, you’ll receive an orientation to help you prepare for your time on the water and learn how to stay safe while navigating the Kicking Horse. Guided by our experienced crew members, you’ll raft class I-IV rapids starting with the serene upper canyon, and then make your way to the rougher waters of the Portage/Shotgun section. With trips departing daily from as early as 9:15am (Kicking Horse Classic AM) and as late as 3:30 pm (Last Waltz), there’s no shortage of opportunities to claim your very own whitewater adventure! The Kananaskis family adventures depart at 1:30pm daily. Guests must meet at site. Once you're geared up, you'll hit the rapids. Get ready to get splashed from the rapids or maybe a rival boat water fight!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are whitewater tours family friendly?
    Yes, though we do ask that parents use discretion when bringing little ones along. The Kananaskis River is suitable for children ages 6-11 weighing a minimum of 40 lbs, and all other trips are suitable for rafters ages 12+ weighing a minimum of 90 lbs.

    Our Family Whitewater Adventures is for children age 8yrs + and weigh more than 60lbs.
  2. What do I need to bring/what is provided?
    Rafters should bring a bathing suit, towel, and bag for personal belongings. All other necessary gear, including wetsuits, neoprene booties, fleece sweaters, spray jackets, life jackets and helmets are provided.
  3. Do you offer group discounts?
    Yes! Groups of 8 or more are eligible for group discounts making our trips a fantastic option for bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate events, birthdays, and more!
  4. What is your cancellation policy?
    We offer a 48-hour cancellation policy for individual bookings and 10 days for groups of 8 or more. Should we need to cancel a trip, full refunds or alternate dates will be given.


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