Kicking Horse River cuts a wild swath through the Yoho Valley before spilling
through a narrow stretch of canyon east of Golden.
Along the way it displays both a gentle and a ferocious side, offering the most
popular and exciting river adventure in the Canadian Rockies on one of Canada's
premier white water rivers.
White Water Rafting
on the Kicking Horse River
The combination of wild whitewater, spectacular
scenery and abundant wildlife makes rafting the Kicking Horse River a thrilling
adventure of a lifetime.
Because river rafting can be quite physically
demanding, it's good to have calm stretches of water where you can relax while
admiring the breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery before plunging back into Class
IV+ rapids. Rafting trips can also be extended to a 2-day overnight trip, combining
2 days of thrilling white water for a unique wilderness experience, or combined
with horse riding or mountain biking trips for a full day of outdoor activity.
One of the most popular sections of the river runs for about 12 miles
(20 km) west of the Crozier Bridge. Popular put-in locations are at the intersection
of Beaverfoot Road and Hwy 1, and at Hunter Creek's confluence with the Kicking
Horse River beside Hwy 1. To experience the power of this whitewater, contact
one of the local outfitters based in Golden.
As an introduction to rafting,
calmer scenic floats in the area - some with just a taste of whitewater - allow
meandering trips through the breathtaking scenery of the upper Kicking Horse River
or a relaxing guided canoe float on the bird watching paradise of the Columbia
Further to the east, the Nahatlatch, Fraser, and
Thompson Rivers are all justifiably well known for their river rafting
experiences. Of the three, the Fraser and Thompson are more prominent, though
not necessarily more challenging than the Nahatlatch. In fact, the Nahatlatch
provides more excitement in its varied run than either of the others. Both the
Thompson and the Nahatlatch flow into the Fraser within a short distance of each
The season begins in May, once water levels become manageable.
The later in summer you try the Nahatlatch, the better your chances of being able
to run the narrow Nahatlatch Canyon, a Class IV-V mind-altering experience. Although
its entirely possible to run these rivers unaccompanied, the majority of paddlers
opt for the services of a certified guide, at least the first time.
||Hydra River Guides, Golden
||Choose from the popular Kicking Horse Classic trip, the Ultimate Whitewater Adventure on the upper and lower canyon or the Mild Whitewater Adventure, Hydra is sure to have a trip that suits. With rapids up to class 4, Kicking Horse River will surely satisfy the spirit of adventure in everyone. Special Packages include Raft and Ride or Raft and Stay.
||Nipika Mountain Resort, Invermere
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