White Water Rafting Lake Louise
Between Lake Louise and our RiverBase, there are plenty of places worth exploring. The town of Field is fun, funky and eclectic with a lovely variety of guest houses and local artisans. If looking for a quick bite, try the General Store for tasty sandwiches and yummy baked goods! Truffle Pigs Bistro (right across the street) is the perfect place for a post-rafting dinner.
EMERALD LAKE is a 15-minute drive off the TransCanada Highway (TCH) and is well worth the time. A 5km trail wanders the perimeter of the lake with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. If still in the mood for more water activities (after rafting!), rent a canoe and paddle around the lake …spectacular!
NATURAL BRIDGE is just off the TCH and on the way to Emerald Lake. This easily accessible stop highlights how the Kicking Horse River slowly erodes the soft layers of strata, leaving a natural ‘bridge’ of erosion-resistant rock spanning shore to shore. This area was important to Canada’s First Nations peoples as it provided a safe and easy way to cross the cold and mighty waters of the Kicking Horse.
TAKAKKAW FALLS is Canada’s 2nd highest waterfall and is about 15 minutes off of the TCH. Visitors can walk right to the base of the falls, or simply view the falls from the parking area. On the drive to the falls on Yoho Valley Road, stop at “The Meeting of the Waters” where the Kicking Horse and Yoho rivers converge. It is mesmerizing to see the two different-coloured rivers meet and slowly merge together.
SPIRAL TUNNELS is located off the TCH between Lake Louise and Field on the Big Hill. Trainspotters will love this stop. Interpretive signs describe the engineering and design marvel created in 1909 that has trains ‘spiralling’ through two mountains in order to traverse Kicking Horse Pass.
REMINDER: The drive from Banff to the RiverBase is both easy for the driver and easy on the eyes! The scenery is spectacular and stops can be made either before or after your rafting trip. For driving to our RiverBase from Lake Louise, please allow 45 minutes.