Banff Rafting

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...

& 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...

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...

Waterfalls on the Kicking Horse River Kicking horse river rafting is an exciting, adrenaline pumping activity that everyone needs to experience. Not only is floating fun, but there are also some great landmarks that are must sees. Today we’re going to spill some local insights about the three waterfalls on the Kicking Horse River. Two of the falls have official trails and are popular destinations for tourists, as they make for great photo opportunities. Let’s just say that you won’t be whitewater rafting on these falls--but they are worth checking out. Wapta Falls This is one of Yoho National Park’s largest waterfalls. Named by the...

Multi-Day Rafting Trips: Why You Should Go! Why spend an afternoon or a morning whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River when you can spend two days? Whether you’re seeking an adventure, or you and your friends/family want to make a vacation out of visiting the Canadian Rockies, we can cater to your multi-day whitewater rafting needs. Note that you are responsible for finding your own accommodation for these multi-day trips. Learn more about our Kicking Horse River multi-day rafting trips here! Better Value If you want more whitewater rafting with all the extra add-ons, booking multi-day rafting trips is in your favour. Whitewater...

Ahh, Canada rafting trips, the (potential) highlight of your summer! Your “Bucket List” still has “go whitewater rafting” unchecked. You want to go rafting with your friends or partner. You really, really do! But you don’t know where to start to find a solid and reputable company to go rafting with. All companies seem similar online and it’s tough to differentiate between them. Everyone says their river rafting trip is “the best”. What do you do? [caption id="attachment_599" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Getting ready for Banff Rafting![/caption] Here are five mistakes to avoid when choosing your rafting company to go rafting with, and your...

Sure, a night out on the town can be fun for everyone. But if you really want to impress your wedding party and go somewhere unique, keep reading. When exploring your options for Banff wedding activities, we strongly recommend an option you may not have thought of yet -- Banff Whitewater Rafting! Whitewater rafting for your wedding stag or stagette is not only memorable, but extremely fun! After 25+ years of providing some of the best white water rafting Alberta has to offer, here’s why you should give it a try. IT’S SOMETHING NEW Maybe you and your wedding party have never...

3 Reasons Why Whitewater Rafting is Great for Families (with Kids) Looking to enjoy a new outdoor activity with your kids or the whole family? Whitewater rafting is family-friendly. Plain and simple, we are your trusted local outfitter for the best family rafting Canada has to offer! Here’s why you should give the Kicking Horse River rapids a whirl. Outdoor Fun! It can be difficult to find activities that everyone can do, that the kids will enjoy and/or stay focussed on. It’s hard to play with your phones or handheld devices while you’re zipping down the river, bracing for the upcoming rapids! Learning Experience Whitewater rafting...

The horse has begun to charge. Snow melt has intensified in the in the high alpine, and the Kicking Horse River is now a rowdy herd of big, brown waves. Recent Wild Water guests have experienced this stampede - and are loving it! As guides, we love the high water too, the speed, the unbridled power. We’re not talking pony rides here. Still, along with the rest of the world, our attention has been captured by the World Cup of Soccer. It’s been fun to watch the boys cheer on their home teams. People travel from the far corners of the...

It’s always good to have friends on the river. So when my old friend Andrew encouraged me to join him for a summer of rafting on the Kicking Horse River, I updated my whitewater resume and sent it off to Wild Water Adventures. I’ve known Andrew for twelve years now. He’s a bald, lanky Englishman with a zany sense of humour. More importantly, he’s an excellent river guide and a trustworthy friend. We learned how to run rivers while working together on the Thompson. The more experience I gained in the whitewater scene, the more I’d hear about one river in...

At Wild Water Adventures, a whitewater rafting company offering Kicking Horse River rafting trips in the Banff, Lake Louise and Golden, BC areas, the most commonly asked question (next to, “will I fall out of the raft?”) is, “Will I see a bear?” While some people ask the question with a degree of concern in their voices, perhaps hoping that the answer will be “no”, the vast majority of our guests would love the opportunity to see a bear in the wild, alongside the Kicking Horse River during their rafting trip. While we have often seen bears in, alongside or on the...

“A River Guide’s tasks are many and varied” This is written in the “Job Description” page at Wild Water Adventures, a Banff white water rafting company offering rafting trips on the Kicking Horse River, near Banff National Park and Lake Louise, Alberta. Of course, all rafting guides need to have plenty of experience guiding boats on difficult white water rivers, and depending on the difficulty of the river on which they will be working, the prerequisites are higher to maintain good levels of guest safety. And, certainly, they need to keep updated with Emergency Wilderness First Aid and River Rescue training. Those...

JUST ADD WATER! NOW is the time to start planning for the summer! In springtime, summer still seems far enough away that the glorious summer weeks ahead will stretch out and go on forever. But as we all know, Labour Day, which marks the time to put away the summer toys and start searching for our winter clothes and snow skis again, comes suddenly upon us. So get the calendar out and start your planning! Wild Water Adventures Can Help Spending the past weekend with over 8,000 ladies at the Calgary Women’s Show I was able to see that visitors to the mountains love to...

These poker players spend their free time on exciting and challenging whitewater rivers Adrenalin. It’s powerful. It makes us feel alive. We crave it. It can become addictive. For those of us who have come to love that feeling of adrenalin as is surges through us when we engage ourselves in something new, something exciting, spine-tingling or risky, we are constantly in search of our next new “fix”. Where can we get it? What new experience can we seek out that will provide us with that exhilarating feeling that we crave? Whitewater Rafting? Sure… that’s an obvious one. We KNOW we’ll get a...

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