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Just like that, our 2018 rafting season has come to an end. We can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by! This year, we spent 107 days on the river, and have journeyed with over 8,500 rafters down the Kicking Horse River—our busiest summer yet! This summer has been full of big splashes, many laughs and smiles, and countless memories. It’s been a tough process, but after consulting with all on- and off-river staff, we’ve managed to come up with a list of our Top 5 Highlights from Wild Water Adventures this summer. Count them down with us! 5) Off-River Rivalry It’s not all...

The Rocky Mountains, as we all know, offer an endless variety of amazing activities, destinations, and hidden gems to explore.  Without a doubt, the absolute best experience is rafting the Kicking Horse River with Wild Water Adventures.  After 27 years, we have figured how to further enhance your Rocky Mountain holiday.  Up The Mountain Down The River combines both Lake Louise whitewater rafting and a gondola ride, maximizing your peak to valley experience! Lake Louise Whitewater Rafting with Wild Water Adventures  For the rafting portion, guests have a choice between our two half-day river departures, the Gentle or the White Water Exciter.  What’s the...

Are you rafting the Kicking Horse River with Wild Water Adventures this summer? Don't forget to pack an appetite for adventure and a thirst for fun: Deciding what to bring on your first rafting trip can be a bit overwhelming.  The most important element that any rafter can pack, be it a half-day whitewater trip or a multi-day trip, is the sheer desire to have fun.   If you are ready to have fun, then a smile automatically appears on your face. For all our rafting trips, a willingness to embrace adventure, to challenge yourself against the river’s might, and our entertaining guides are...

Picture this: it’s a bright, sunny day in Canmore, a town just on the outskirts of Banff National Park. A warm breeze is blowing, and you’re looking for the best way to enjoy this mountain town. You’re in luck—this guide will help you choose a perfect activity! We've compiled a list of information on rafting Canmore, where to eat, where to hike, and other activities! Ha Ling Peak [caption id="attachment_4055" align="alignleft" width="762"] Photo courtesy of Diana Cocchiarella[/caption] For you adventurous types, the trek up to the summit of Ha Ling is worth the effort. Standing at an elevation of 2,407m, this 5.4km round...

Summer is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to start some trip planning. Between alpine hiking, rock climbing, sightseeing, mountain biking, white water rafting Golden on the Kicking Horse, and other activities, there’s just so much to do. We know how time-consuming it can be to find the perfect Instagram photos so, we've put together a check-list for your summer travel plans! 5 Most Instagrammable Spots Near Golden, B.C. To Check Off Your List: #1. Emerald Lake Just 20 minutes from our Golden rafting RiverBase, Emerald Lake is tucked away in the mountains. There are many great hikes you can do, or you...

Every Spring, when the snow melts, the warm sun comes out and the river begins to rise, we gather on the Kicking Horse River for another season of rafting fun! ...

Looking to experience an unforgettable stag party near Banff? We’ve compiled a list of the best outdoor stag party ideas in the Canadian Rockies! The endless outdoor activities near Banff National Park, turquoise lakes and towering mountaintops make the Banff and Lake Louise region the perfect location for your stag group! From guided hiking to custom golf packages, this guide showcases some of the best group outdoor activities near Banff and Lake Louise. While you are in town, be sure to grab the best breakfast burrito in the valley at the Trailhead Cafe to fuel up for your outdoor adventure! Our list...

113 days on the river and 5,148km paddled on the Kicking Horse. That's thousands of smiling faces everyday! And just like that, in the blink of an eye, our 26th season is over. Through the hustle and bustle of everyday life on the river it can be sometimes easy to forget how special of a place the Kicking Horse & Banff really are. But what reminds us daily, are our rafters’ faces. Your gleaming eyes when you see the turquoise water, your giggles when the first group picture is taken within minutes of being on the boat, and the sheer excitement in...

Home to wolverines, bears, moose, river rats, and so much more, there is no doubt that Banff National Park is an extraordinary place. It has numerous glaciers, beautiful alpine lakes, and peaks that climb over 3,600 meters (11,800ft)! Did you know that in 2015/2016 Banff saw 3,894,332 visitors? Over three million people...

& Everything You Need to Know About the History of the Kicking Horse River. The mighty fine Kicking Horse River offers breathtaking views, spectacular whitewater, and is the special home of Wild Water Adventures. It is our privilege to help share the history of the River with every one of our rafters. Whether you're joining us on the river for a whitewater adventure, or simply travelling in the area, you may learn its secrets. Here are just a few things you'll discover about the Kicking Horse River on our white water rafting trips as our guides regale you with the stories of...

He’s the one who has always known how to make you smile when you’re feeling down.  He can crack the corniest of jokes and you’ll always manage to laugh.  He’s the best adventure partner, even though he thinks his socks and sandals are appropriate attire for the outdoors.  Most importantly, he’s your #1 fan and he always will be.   He’s your Dad! One of the most influential guys in your life. Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to treat the guy to a gift worthy of his special place in your life. He’s put up with...

If you’ve been on a Kicking Horse River Rafting Trip with the guides from Wild Water then you probably know we have quite an interesting group of characters.  Traveling from all different corners of the world, they bring with them a range of backgrounds, quirky behaviours, and funny personalities. If you raft with them, you will be sure to see these characteristics shine through. But something you might not know about them is their superstitious rituals; the things they do behind the scenes to connect with themselves and with the river. (For the Canadians reading this, it’s just like growing a beard...

Whether they're nearing the high school finish line and getting ready for college, or crossing the stage with their hard-earned degree. The graduates in your life deserve something beyond mass printed grad cards and money.  They deserve something worth remembering. Gift Certificates Gone are the days spent staying up all night to finish the 30-page paper, or studying for the big exam. Summer is here, and it's time for the hard-working student to blow off some steam and take a reprieve before the next chapter unfolds. What better way to feel the relief and reward than with letting out some cheers and...

Here Comes the Summer!   Dear Rafting Guests, We are so excited to meet you. It has been a long winter, and we are ready for some adventures on the river with you! Some of us were lucky enough to spend the winter paddling warmer waters, and golfing in the sun; while others spent our days braving the Rockies’ frigid temperatures trying to get in as many ski days as possible. The change in seasons is always such an exciting time for us. The winter comes and goes, and before we know it, another rafting season is upon us. The returning team members countdown the days...

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