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Planning this year's vacation activities in Lake Louise? Everyone hopes for brilliant sunshine and clear skies when visiting the Rocky Mountains. We all want a picture-perfect holiday. The reality, however, is that mountain weather is highly temperamental and highly unpredictable. All four seasons can be experienced in one day, even in the middle of July! But, things to do in Lake Louise on rainy days are not as hum-drum as one might think. What can one do when Mother Nature throws a curveball?  What activities in Lake Louise can possibly produce a smile during a torrential downpour? Whitewater rafting on the...

Planning a trip to Banff National Park opens up endless possibilities of how best to enjoy the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Making the most of your holiday time is the ultimate goal.  With so many stunning sights and experiences from which to choose, the big question turns out to be: Where do we start? Here are some helpful tips to help plan, and maximize, your upcoming Rocky Mountain holiday:   Things To Do In Banff National Park: Banff National Park is iconic, pure and simple. It is, after all, Canada’s first national park. Since 1885, wilderness enthusiasts from across the globe have made their...

Best views in Banff National Park?  That is a tough question to answer.  For this Rocky Mountain admirer, every view is the ‘best’, no matter the location.  The magic of the mountains is everywhere whether it be next to a turquoise-blue lake, up in the wide open alpine, or driving along scenic highways and by-ways.  Any type of mountain vista is gorgeous, full stop. To help simplify, here is a list of locations where stunning mountain scenery is not to be missed....

Dark Sky Canada is a term that refers to the darkest of our Canadian night skies.  When gazing up and beyond our planetary surface to far off objects in outer space, a dark sky is mandatory.  The darker the sky, the better. Think about how many more stars are visible in the mountains compared to the middle of a city.  For the upcoming Perseids Meteor Shower (best viewed on August 12 and 13th), find a ‘dark sky’ region, tilt your head upward and prepare to be awed.  Who knew cosmic dust could look so magical? In Canada, 11 specific regions are...

Things to do in Lake Louise are numerous and varied.  And, breathtaking.  The area is called the ‘Jewel of the Rockies’ for good reason. Wherever one wanders, there is a towering peak, a glistening glacier or stunning body of water. Many scenes include all three natural features. Take some time, either before or after your rafting trip with Wild Water Adventures, to indulge your senses with the splendours of Lake Louise.  You won’t be disappointed! Here are 5 suggestions to make your time in Lake Louise that much better. CATCH THE SUNRISE (OR SUNSET) Can you imagine a more gorgeous setting for a...

Rafting and camping are perfectly suited to each other.  After a great trip on the river, nothing is finer than closing out the day in a quiet setting with a campfire and unlimited laughter. Golden, BC campgrounds are varied and filled with options (just like our river rafting roster!).  Pitch your tent next to a river, next to a lake, or on a plateau.  Each campground is unique and offers its own personality. When planning your next rafting experience with Wild Water Adventures, consider the following campgrounds. 1.  Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch  (GEAR) GEAR is so much more than just a Golden, BC...

River rafting and kids go together, well, like peanut butter and jam.  They were made for each other!  Family rafting near Banff (but not in Banff), with Wild Water Adventures on the Kicking Horse River, is yet another incredible combination that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces.  Our daily Gentle family rafting trips offer the perfect venue to get together, try something new and, best of all, have a lot of fun! Family rafting trips are definitely within the realm of holiday possibility.  Not every section of the river rages with big whitewater.  The upper Gentle section has...

  It’s 2019, and that means Wild Water Adventures is in its 28th season.  That’s right!  For 28 years, guests from near and far, national and international, have joined us on the Kicking Horse River, experiencing THE best whitewater in the Canadian Rockies.  Our cozy and comfortable RiverBase has been unpacked after its long winter nap.  The hustle and bustle of daily rafting activity has returned.  It is a lively place to be. For the Wild Water crew, the RiverBase is our summer home.  We happily travel from the far reaches of the globe to live next to the Kicking Horse River...

The vast wilderness for which Canada is famous revolves around the river.  Across the great Canadian landscape, ever-shifting ribbons of water carve out valleys and meander across plains. Mighty rivers,  such as the St. Lawrence, Mackenzie and Fraser, define our country’s regions and shape a character that is uniquely Canadian. It is lifeblood, carrying and delivering nutrients, nourishment, and life throughout the heart of any habitat while also providing some of the best rafting in Canada. Rivers, like people, have character and personality; traits that are particular, or peculiar. One river may be gentle and mild, another tough and temperamental. No...

Kicking Horse River rafting adventures are just that … adventures! Whether mild-mannered,  action-packed, or something in between, Wild Water Adventures has it all. Here are some helpful tidbits for planning your next rafting adventure with us. Which Trip Is For You? The bouncy and splashy Class 2 and 3 waves of our Gentle rafting trip are popular with young families, fun-seeking seniors and first-time rafters. Those curious, but slightly hesitant, about the whole white-water thing find this trip perfect. Rafters need only be at least 8 years old; there is no maximum age! Continuous and cuts-right-to-the-action defines our Whitewater Exciter trip. With non-stop...

Motherhood is a special designation. Much more than a role or mere label, it is an undertaking that requires vigilance, care, and unwavering fortitude. So, too, could the term ‘river guide’ be defined. It takes a special type of personality and character to guide a raft downstream. A ‘lady rafter’, in my eyes, is that much more special; that much more unique than being known as just a river guide. On this Mother’s Day, we here at Wild Water Adventures would like to pay tribute to both the remarkable women who are mothers and to the powerful and magnificent ladies...

Get Your Victoria Day Weekend Travel Deal! Groups Of 4 Or More SAVE 25% On Any Whitewater Exciter Departure During The Month of May! Book Now Here’s how to get your 25% Whitewater Exciter discount! First, have at least 4 or more people in your group. Second, pick either a morning or afternoon departure (8:45am or 2:00pm). Third, reserve online, or by telephone, before May 21, 2019. And, finally, when booking, quote the coupon code “MAYFUN”. It’s that easy. We will take care of the rest! May Long Weekend Ideas: Wondering where to go this Victoria Day long weekend?  Wondering what to do with your...

Team building activities in Calgary are productive and fun! Your fabulous staff deserves highly entertaining, and insightful, experiences. Step into the 21st century and re-think how to build a successful team. TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES NEAR CALGARY: Corporate team building activities are unique and varied. So, too, are the locations! Activities take place inside or outside, close to home or farther afield. Big payoffs await businesses that invest in their employees. Here is our list of the Top 5 Team Building Activities Near Calgary. Your staff is worth it! Axe Throwing at Axe Games Corporate team building in Calgary can involve learning new skills....

Whitewater rafting near Calgary, with Wild Water Adventures, is the perfect summer adventure!  Head out beyond the city and experience THE best white water action in the Rockies.  The Kicking Horse River, wild and free, truly ‘kicks’ with world class waves and rapids.  Nothing says ‘adventure’ better than river rafting in Banff!Getting ThereWhitewater rafting on the beautiful Kicking Horse River with Wild Water AdventuresThe drive to whitewater rafting near Calgary is awesome. Mountains, rivers, and lakes … oh my!   Mountain towns such as Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, and Field offer charm, coffee shops, and gas stations.  For rafting fuel, try...

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...

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