Kicking Horse River Rafting

The Best Whitewater Rafting In Banff

Kicking Horse River rafting is, hands down, THE biggest and best white water rafting in Banff region.  Wild Water Adventures, since 1992, continues to be your trusted, locally-owned and premier outfitter on the world-class Kicking Horse River. We are incredibly proud of our ranking on TripAdvisor as the #1 Activity in the Canadian Rockies!


Each rafting adventure starts at our exclusive RiverBase Day Lodge, conveniently located on TransCanada Highway #1, 40 minutes west of Lake Louise and 90 minutes west of Banff (and only 20 minutes east of Golden, BC). The drive to the RiverBase is absolutely stunning!


Running several sections of the river means we can create the perfect Kicking Horse River rafting trip for families, first-time rafters and those seeking the most exciting white water rafting Banff has to offer. Whether a beginner or advanced rafter, our Kicking Horse River rafting roster has a trip that is just right for you! Explore our Canadian Rockies rafting options below and discover your ideal Kicking Horse white water rafting adventure.

Kicking Horse river rafting is renowned as THE best white water rafting Banff has to offer, and we stand by that! We strive to be the premier destination for all Canadian Rockies rafting. For 29 years, Wild Water Adventures has proven to be your trusted, and locally-owned, Kicking Horse whitewater rafting outfitter.

Never been rafting before?  Been rafting before but want something more? This non-stop BIG whitewater action trip near Banff is sure to satisfy whether it’s your first or 15th time on a river!  The Whitewater Exciter is our flagship trip; over 120,000 rafters have enjoyed this exceptional stretch of the Kicking Horse River since 1992. Offered twice daily. Suitable for all adventure levels, minimum 12 years and 90 pounds.

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Most Popular Trip   Class IV Rafting   Half-Day Trip

White Water Rafting Alberta, Kicking Horse Rafting

A bouncy and splashy introduction to whitewater! Class II and Class III rapids, mixed with stunningly scenic float sections, await those seeking more of a moderate white water experience. Try your hand at paddling or sit back and enjoy the ride. Ideal for anyone 8 years of age and older. Daily morning departures with select afternoon departures. Offered June, July & August.

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Intro to Whitewater  Best For Families

White Water Rafting Alberta, Kicking Horse Rafting

If able to spend more time on the river, then ‘The Tradition’ is ideal. Our traditional full-length Kicking Horse River rafting trip combines the beauty and peaceful upper section with the BIG waves and rapids found in our Whitewater Exciter half-day trip. It is 2 trips in 1! Delicious gourmet packed lunch served afterwards.

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Day Trip With Lunch   Starts In Yoho National Park

Kicking Horse White Water Rafting, Rafting in Banff

When only the BEST, wettest and most exciting will do! Get your whitewater adrenaline fix on this ‘Double Shot’ of Kicking Horse rafting action. 24 kilometres, 28 rapids in the smallest, most extreme paddle rafts available on the river. Twice the rapids; twice the action! Minimum 16 years and 100 pounds.

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Big Rapids   “Best of the Kicking Horse”

Kicking Horse White Water Rafting, Rafting in Banff

Premium Multi-Trip Package

White Water Rafting Alberta, White Water Rafting Banff

Make it a weekend (or mid-week) experience on two of the best whitewater rafts trips near Banff. Enjoy a double dose of BIG Kicking Horse whitewater with two different rafting adventures on two different days: Tradition on Day #1, and Whitewater Exciter on Day #2.  Suitable for those at least 12 years old and 90 pounds (41kg).

2 Trips/2 Days   Combo Whitewater Adventure

Enjoy the magic of the Rocky Mountains on our relaxing afternoon river float. The Adventure Float is ideal for those seeking a mellow, out-in-nature type of river experience while staying dry! Personal cameras welcome (at rafter’s own risk). Offered Monday & Friday afternoons in July and August. Minimum 6 years and 35 pounds.

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Relaxing Float   Nature At Its Best


Enjoy the Kicking Horse River on your exclusively private raft! For those wishing to have only their own family or friends on board, our Build Your Own Boatload special (or, BYOB) is perfect. Feel more at ease on the river with your own guide and raft, while still being part of a larger flotilla. All it takes is 4 to 8 guests to have your own boat on a regularly-scheduled river departure. Simply give us a call at 1-888-647-6444 to chat further