Welcome back to the river!
The 2021 whitewater rafting season kicked off in grand style last month. The Wild Water crew was so happy to be back on the Kicking Horse 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 change which section of river we ran because the BIG whitewater of the Kicking Horse River was simply too big! Water levels have come down and we are rafting the usual sections of the river once again.
We greatly appreciate the understanding and flexibility shown by our guests while Mother Nature threw us some curveballs.
Just west of the RiverBase, on the TransCanada Highway, a mammoth construction project is underway. While there were daytime closures of the TransCanada Highway earlier in the year, only night-time closures are in effect during July, August, and the first half of September. There is no need for guests to detour through Kootenay National Park and Radium on Highways 93 and 95 in order to reach the RiverBase. Please continue to follow GoogleMap’s step-by-step instructions.
Nightly closures of the highway between the RiverBase and the town of Golden take place between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am, Sunday night through Friday morning. Please refer to the Kicking Horse Canyon construction website for further details.
Wild Water Adventures continues to adhere to its extensive COVID-19 protocols established last year. Guests are kindly reminded to bring their own face covering to wear while at the RiverBase and on our shuttle buses. Face coverings, however, will not be worn while rafting. Please also bring along a small Ziploc bag for dry storage of your face covering while on the river.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
Wild Water Adventures has partnered with Tugo Travel Insurance. If interested in purchasing trip cancellation insurance, simply click here for further details.
Later this month, Wild Water Adventures will be announcing a new adventure package in partnership with Golden Skybridge. Guests can raft either the Gentle or Whitewater Exciter and receive entrance tickets to Golden’s newest attraction. Stayed tuned!
Please simply call us at 1-888-647-6444 if there are any questions.
The office is open daily from 8 AM through 8 PM.
The 2021 crew is looking forward to seeing everyone soon on the river.
Author: Deborah Wade