Day Trips

Whitewater Rafting Day Trips Near Banff

The Best Kicking Horse Rafting Day Trips Near Banff National Park!

The Kicking Horse is renowned as the best Canadian Rockies whitewater rafting river closest to Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Invermere and a pleasant drive from Calgary, Alberta. Different sections of the river offer ideal rafting experiences for families, first-time rafters and those seeking the biggest whitewater action in the Rockies.  Click here for current water flows from the Government of Canada Water Office.


The top two priorities at Wild Water Adventures are guest safety and satisfaction. Prior to departing on the river with our international rafting professionals (guides, in other words!), guests enjoy heated indoor change rooms while suiting up in clean and dry top-of-the-line gear.


Spend a half-day, full-day or even a couple of days experiencing THE best Kicking Horse rafting trips near Banff, Alberta. Whether a beginner or advanced rafter, we have a whitewater rafting trip that’s just right for you!




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. 

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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5 Best Canadian Rockies Adventures

Most Popular Trip   Half-Day Trip

A bouncy and splashy introduction to whitewater rafting, perfect for families or those seeking a milder whitewater river experience! Starting in Yoho National Park, rafters enjoy Class II and Class III waves and rapids along with stunningly scenic float sections. Sit back and enjoy the ride or help out with paddling. Ideal for anyone 8 years of age and older and minimum 50lbs. Daily morning departures with select afternoon departures. Offered June, July & August.

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Mildly Adventurous   Best For Families

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 BBQ lunch served afterwards. Rafters must be at least 12 years old and 90lbs.

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Banff Rafting in Canada, Kicking Horse River Full Day Trip

Day Trip With Lunch   Starts In Yoho N.P.

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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Best Banff Rafting, Banff Day Trips

Big Rapids  “Best of the Kicking Horse”

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 from the first week in July to the last week of August. Minimum 6 years old  and 35 pounds to raft.

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Evening Float

Relaxing Float  Nature At Its Best

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