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Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Half Day Whitewater Rafting

1. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Half Day Whitewater Rafting

Raft down 12 km of white water in the Middle Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. You'll navigate class 2 - 4 rapids with your experienced river guide on this half day river rafting trip. Experience a 1 km section of class 4 rapids known as Portage Shotgun. It's one of the most exciting stretches on the Kicking Horse River, with lots of big splashes and whitewater. We provide all the equipment you need to try white water rafting, all you need to bring with you is just a swimsuit and a towel. Take in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with our bus driving you out to the river and bringing you back at the end. After your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase photos and videos of your rafting trip. Experience the thrill of nature’s path along this great Canadian Rockies waterways, carved out centuries ago by the rushing water and moving ice.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

2. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

Enjoy a family friendly rafting tour on Kicking Horse River. Suitable for kids as young as 4, and anyone who doesn't want to raft on big whitewater. Meet at the rafting base in Golden, BC. Get set up with your rafting gear and the bus will drive you to the river. Raft along 14 km on the calm Upper Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. This trip starts in Yoho National Park and will have you floating through beautiful forests and mountain scenery. There are some splashes, but it's not a big whitewater trip. You have the option to go for a swim if you're feeling up to it and will finish your tour with a riverside BBQ lunch. Choose an item hot off the grill, and from a variety of other snacks and drinks. At the end of your trip, the bus will drive you back to the rafting base where you can get changed and enjoy a hot shower.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Whitewater Raft Experience

3. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Whitewater Raft Experience

Whitewater raft through some of British Columbia’s rapids in the Kicking Horse River. Raft through different rapids including, Man Eater, Shotgun, and Roller Coaster. Start the whitewater rafting journey in the calm upper cannon. In calmer waters, go for a swim and admire the views downstream. Make your way downstream to the middle canyon, where the big whitewater rapids are. You’ll raft through different rapids up to level 4 rapids. Walk up a narrow canyon and see a waterfall. Take a drink from the waterfall while relaxing by the stream. Enjoy a BBQ lunch of burgers and sizzling smokies sausages. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options available. At the end of your trip, get taken back to the rafting base by bus. There, feel free to use the hot showers and get changed before heading off.

Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

4. Kicking Horse River: Half-Day Intro to Whitewater Rafting

Get a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting on Class 1-3 rapids starting in Yoho National Park of Canada. Experience moderately-challenging rapids and the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies.  Check-in at the lodge conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1. Be fitted with top-of-the-line gear and transported to the starting point of the rafting experience. Receive a thorough safety briefing before setting off on the river. Embark on a 90-minute downstream journey starting with the "Alarm Clock" rapid, which is sure to wake everyone up. In between the exciting rapids, take in the beautiful scenery surrounding you on all sides. Learn about the wildlife in the area, how the Kicking Horse River got its name, and how the river gets its beautiful blue color. Finish the rafting trip at "Hopi's Hole", which serves as an exciting grande finale. After the rafting, be taken back to the lodge to relax and warm up in the heated changing-rooms. Once back in warm, dry clothes, enjoy freshly baked goodies and seasonal fruit along with a selection of hot and cold beverages. Browse through the gift shop to pick up a souvenir t-shirt or photos from your experience.

Kicking Horse River Family Rafting Adventure

5. Kicking Horse River Family Rafting Adventure

Enjoy a mild whitewater rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River, the best rafting river in the Canadian Rockies. Start from the private river base and enjoy a serene float down the Kicking Horse River. Marvel at the scenery, look out for wildlife and enjoy some commentary from your friendly guide. Pull over to enjoy a short hike through the canyon to a waterfall before heading back on the water for a taste of the rapids, enjoy the splashes from class 1-2 waves and maybe even share in a rival raft water fight. Back in dry clothes, check out your group rafting shots and pick up a souvenir of your day.

Golden: Heli Rafting Full Day on Kicking Horse River

6. Golden: Heli Rafting Full Day on Kicking Horse River

Tick off two bucket list items in one day by combining a whitewater rafting trip down the Kicking Horse River and a helicopter tour over the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Feel the thrill of paddling through churning whitewater followed by an incredibly scenic helicopter ride over the Lower Canyon of the river. Begin your adventure by paddling down the Upper and Middle Canyons of the Kicking Horse River. Enjoy thrilling moments in huge rapids and by waterfalls surrounded by stunning scenery with your closest group of friends. Tuck into a hot lunch after a river swim and feel invigorated by immersing yourself in nature on this day trip outside of Golden. Just when you think this day can’t get any better, hop into a helicopter. And that helicopter flies you to the biggest whitewater on the river: the famous Lower Canyon. Access the Lower Canyon, which is famous for its 4 kilometer stretch of continuous class 4 whitewater. Paddle past huge vertical rock walls - and the only way to get there is by helicopter. End your day feeling like a superhero, having paddled through and flown above one of British Columbia's most exciting rivers.

Kicking Horse River: Maximum Horsepower Double Shot Rafting

7. Kicking Horse River: Maximum Horsepower Double Shot Rafting

For those looking for the maximum whitewater experience, choose the trip with twice the whitewater, twice the fun, and twice the adrenalin rush! The Maximum Horsepower is not one, but TWO runs down THE best whitewater section of the Kicking Horse River. Rafters experience 24 rapids and cover an accumulated total of 24 kilometers river distance. In order to make this double whitewater trip even more exhilarating, rafters power downstream in two different styles of rafts. The first run is in the ever-popular 16-foot oar-rigged rafts, giving everyone a chance to warm up and get familiar with the river. The second run is rafted in smaller 14-foot boats. Those two feet make a world of difference. Smaller rafts accentuate everything: the bounces, the smashes, and the hits! It may be the second run on the same section of river, but it will be a completely different experience. In addition, all guests are provided a paddle for the second run. It is a thrilling and unforgettable whitewater adventure! First, check in at the RiverBase DayLodge (conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1), change into top-of-the-line provided gear and be shuttled to the 'put-in' (or, rafting start point). After a thorough safety briefing, it is time to get on the river. After the first run, guests are shuttled back to the top of the trip to run the river again, but in different rafts. For the second run the smaller 14-foot 'all paddle' rafts are used, and every guest is required to assist in the paddling process. 100% participation is required. Afterwards, shuttle back to the warmth of the RiverBase to change back into warm, dry land clothes and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages.

Calgary and Vancouver: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour Package

8. Calgary and Vancouver: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour Package

Take your pick from 4 different audio tours with the help of your smartphone. Explore the area between Calgary and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. Drive around Lake Louise and Revelstoke in British Columbia. Travel between Revelstoke and Kamloops. Go on a trip between Kamloops and Vancouver. Embark on an exciting drive along Trans Canada Highway 1 in Alberta as you drive between Calgary and Lake Louise. Listen to the audio guide tell you about Banff Hot springs and the mountains in Kananaskis Country. Follow the live GPS map as you explore the area between Lake Louise and Revelstoke.  Witness the glacial Wapta Lake, the high mountains at Kicking Horse Pass, and the Columbia Wetlands. Hear about the high peaks of the Purcell Mountains and the melting glaciers in Glacier National Park. Visit the hot pool at Canyon Hot Springs or the exhibits at the Rogers Pass Discovery Center. Discover the Monashee Mountains as you pass by Mount Macpherson and Mount Begbie on a tour of Revelstoke and Kamloops. Appreciate the community stories the audio guide tells you, such as the story of the Fly Hills Fire and the Last Spike.  Journey to the forested slopes of Mount Griffin Ecological Reserve and experience the Squillax community settlement on the shores of Shuswap Lake. Relive the pioneer days of the 1800s at Heritage Ghost Town. Check out the resort town of Sicamous which is known as the houseboat capital of Canada. Navigate around Kamloops and Vancouver as you travel the Coquihalla route of the Trans-Canada Highway. See the blacksmith shop as you stroll around the open-air Burnaby Village Museum or gaze at the view of Mount Baker in the city of Abbotsford. Entertain yourself with multiple-choice audio trivia.

Golden: Kicking Horse River Half-Day Heli Whitewater Rafting

9. Golden: Kicking Horse River Half-Day Heli Whitewater Rafting

Set out on an exciting adventure tour with this half-day Heli-rafting experience on the Kicking Horse River. Enjoy an exciting adventure full of thrilling moments, white water rapids, and hang on tight to the raft as the group gets splashed by the river. Raft the middle and lower canyons of the Kicking Horse River, the two biggest sections of white water in the area. Experience part of over 22 km of river rafting excitement. Charge down the river in a raft before experiencing the river from the air flying in a helicopter. See parts of the lower canyon that are only accessible by helicopter and get a new perspective of the area by air.

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What people are saying about Golden

We were very well received. We got a clear explanation. In the morning it was 14° and we were a bit afraid of the cold but that was not necessary. In addition to a wetsuit and shoes, we also received a fleece sweater and jacket so that you were not cold. When the daughter got cold hands on the way, the guide gave gloves. Everything was very well arranged on site. You can optionally purchase additional photos that were taken along the way.

Spencer made for an outstanding rafting experience. He was engaging knowledgable, fun, respectful and sensitive to my husband’s needs. The company was organized and made you feel safe and secure at all times!! I would highly recommend Wild Water Adventures!!

It was a great experience. The crew at wild water adventures made everything run smoothly. Simon was an awesome captain that was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. He made the adventure very enjoyable!

Everything perfectly organized and planned, very friendly and skilled guides in our boats. Will definitely come back for next level.

Great for first-time rafters, yet enough excitement for both adults and kids. Experienced and friendly guides. Well run operation.