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Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River is fun for groups, large or small. Bring your gathering of friends, family or colleagues for a day of fantastic waves, amazing scenery and heaps of laughter. Wild Water Adventures can accommodate any number of rafters, whether there are 8, 58, or 108 in your reservation. Family groups, corporate groups, social, wedding, work and school groups (just to name a few) all benefit from reduced fares.   Here are the most important pieces of information to know when planning a group rafting experience with Wild Water Adventures.  Trip Options:  Group discounts are available for the entire Wild Water Adventures roster. Choose from the half-day Gentle or Whitewater Exciter,...

River rafting is fun, exciting, and exhilarating. It is also a fabulous way to experience wilderness and see spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery from a different perspective.  Many of our guests are new to rafting and keen to see what all the hubbub is about. Let's answer some commonly asked questions so to make everyone feel comfortable and knowledgeable about their upcoming Kicking Horse rafting adventure. Do I Need To Know How To Swim?  No. Guests, however, should be comfortable around moving water and be prepared to get splashed (it is river rafting, after all!). In addition to wetsuits, neoprene booties, spray jackets, and helmets, Wild Water Adventures also provides...

Welcome back to the river!  The 2021 rafting season kicked off in grand style last month. The Wild Water crew was so happy to be back on the river and moving about the RiverBase.  Although the season started later than usual, we now are up and running and having loads of fun with our guests.    2021 Heat Dome     After only four weeks into the season, the biggest challenge by far has been water levels. The heat dome of 2021 melted alpine snow in record quantities, feeding the river till it almost burst its banks. Locals in the area say they’d never seen the rivers so high. Some trips did require us to...

Activities in Golden, BC, are varied and plentiful, even on a rainy day. One may think of Golden as an extremely picturesque, yet sleepy, small town nestled between the Rocky and Columbia mountain ranges. When Mother Nature decides to test human patience on a rainy day, however, there is no shortage of rewarding and enjoyable options from which to choose. 1. Start With A Hearty Breakfast Rainy day activities in Golden, BC start at the breakfast table. There is nothing like inclement weather to make the tummy rumble. Head over to one of the many local digs for mouth-watering dishes sure...

River rafting in British Columbia has a long and well-established history.  Companies offering both multi-day wilderness expeditions and action-packed day trips have run guests down a multitude of BC rivers for close to 50 years.  The first commercial rafting outfit in British Columbia, in fact, Canada, was Canadian River Expeditions, founded in 1972 by Big John Mikes.  CRE specialized (and continues to specialize) in multi-day wilderness rafting expeditions in remote pockets of the province and territories.    The first-ever day-tripping company was none other than Kumsheen in 1973, setting up shop on the banks of the Thompson River.  This rafting destination remains a...

The Kicking Horse River, without question, offers the best whitewater rafting in the Canadian Rockies. It also is the most convenient river to get to given its proximity to our nation’s number one transportation artery: the TransCanada Highway (or, TCH for short). Even better, Wild Water Adventures’ RiverBase is steps away from the TCH. If driving east or west between Alberta and British Columbia, you’ll pass right by our front doorstep!  The big talk around the RiverBase is the Kicking Horse Canyon highway construction project. Over the past decade or more, the TransCanada Highway, between Calgary, Alberta and Kamloops, BC, has been expanded and upgraded. One of the last remaining sections...

Opening Day For The 2021 Season Is Saturday, June 12th!   It is 2021 and COVID-19 is still a hot topic. Every day we all continue to keep our distance, wash our hands frequently and wear increasingly colourful face coverings. We have all done a tremendous job ...

British Columbia staycations offer endless possibilities for summer fun and adventure. Beyond Vancouver and the BC Interior are the towering mountains, high alpine trails and turquoise-hued rivers and lakes of the Rocky Mountains. This seemingly far-off region of BC is actually not that far off. Within a day’s drive of the Lower Mainland, summer road-trippers can easily be in this stunning region, taking in new and exciting experiences.  Top of the list of summer things to do in the Rocky Mountains is whitewater rafting. What is the most exciting river in British Columbia, with the biggest and wildest waves and rapids? The answer is the infamous Kicking Horse River, near Golden, BC. During high water season (late May to early July), this river truly ‘kicks’ with Class 2 through Class 4+ wild whitewater. Class 2, 3 and 4...

Whitewater rafting in British Columbia is beyond compare. Those tiny water droplets tumbling down steep-sided mountains, turning into swirling, frothy frenzies entice adventurers of all ages. Whitewater enthusiasts planning a regional ‘staycation’ road trip (for when regional explorations are once again welcome) seek to hop aboard a raft and plow through some of the biggest and wildest waves in the province. Whether on the coast, the interior, or amongst the Rocky Mountains, there is no shortage of BC whitewater rafting rivers from which to choose.   Here are our Top 5 Whitewater Rivers in BC (all with Class IV waves and rapids):    1 – Thompson...

Staycation adventure road trips in the Rockies are ideal. A change of scenery from the city, mixed in with a boost of adrenalin, is just the ticket to break free of your daily routine. The Golden Triangle connects Calgary with Radium, Invermere, and Golden via Highways #1, #93, and #95. Once regional explorations are welcome again, it is the perfect weekend getaway from Calgary, travelled either clockwise or counter-clockwise. This means that rafting the Kicking Horse River can either ‘kick’ off your regional ‘staycation’ or be the grand finale! The choice is yours (just be sure to make your rafting...

Happy Holidays from Wild Water Adventures! 'Tis the season to be jolly, and to be planning activities for next summer. For a limited time only, guests can book their 2021 Kicking Horse rafting trips and save 20%. Make your reservation, before January 4th, either via our website or by calling us directly at 1-888-647-6444.  Simply use the code HolidayBonus2020. Early Booking Bonus  The holiday bonus applies to rafting fares on our Whitewater Exciter, Tradition, Gentle and Maximum Horsepower trips.  The bonus does not extend to the optional BBQ lunch on morning half-day trips, nor to packaged options such as Up The Mountain Down The River. Other...

To All Our 2020 River Rafting Guests, Thank you for joining Wild Water Adventures on the Kicking Horse River this summer. Based on trip feedback from guests, 2020 was a wildly successful season and we appreciate everyone choosing to share their whitewater adventure with us. The summer of 2020 was less than typical and presented unique challenges.  We do have to say, however, that all our guests rose to the occasion and made it incredibly easy to comply with provincial health regulations. We greatly appreciate how everyone adhered to our protocols while still maintaining both their sense of adventure and sense of humour. Winter Adventure...

Outdoor adventure, in this time of COVID-19, is exactly what people crave this summer. Everyone wants to put a smile on their face and a spring back in their step. Being outside in the sunshine and fresh air will do just that. With the Rocky Mountains so close to Calgary, a day-trip full of adventure is as easy as 1-2-3! When planning an adventurous day-trip from Calgary, consider the following suggestions: Rock-Climbing with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures [caption id="attachment_4577" align="alignright" width="195"] Photo Credit: Shaun King[/caption] As children, we loved climbing and scrambling over and under all sorts of things in the great outdoors; boulders,...

Looking for the biggest and best Calgary rafting adventure with the most whitewater action to be found in the Rockies?  Look no further than Wild Water Adventure's Maximum Horsepower rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. The MHP, as we like to call this particular trip, definitely lives up to its name.  It is not one, but TWO runs down THE best section of whitewater the Kicking Horse River has to offer.  Rafters experience 24 exhilarating rapids and cover a total of 24 kilometres of river distance (the longest possible whitewater trip near Banff National Park!) But the adrenaline rush does not...

The 2020 Kicking Horse rafting season has ‘kicked’ off!  The Wild Water crew is so happy to be back on the river welcoming guests from British Columbia and Alberta, as well as other Canadian provinces. This year marks Wild Water Adventure’s 29th year of operations. We could not be more proud of all that has been achieved over the past three decades.  Protocols for safety and hygiene are so well entrenched that even COVID-19 could not stop us! Our 2020 rafting roster continues to offer daily departures on the half-day Gentle and Whitewater Exciter trips, as well as the full-length...

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