Family rafting in Canada at its finest!
The Gentle is ideal for families and those seeking a milder whitewater experience! It is the perfect half-day introduction to whitewater rafting. Guests can expect to get splashed and sprayed on this trip with Class II and III waves and rapids (compared to getting totally soaked on the Whitewater Exciter). Alarm Clock rapid, at the very beginning, will wake everyone up and Hopi’s Hole, at the end, finishes the trip with a grand flourish!
Starting within Yoho National Park boundaries, with its pine, spruce and fir forests lining the river, guests are treated to Rocky Mountain scenery beyond compare. In between the waves and rapids, stunning scenery unfolds for all to enjoy. Wild Water guides are MPHIA certified (Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association) and can answer all sorts of questions about the area and tell tales of the early explorers, what they searched for . . . and what they found!
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 Gentle departure.
Simply give us a call at 1-888-647-6444 to chat further.
As with all Wild Water Adventure trips, guests meet at our RiverBase Daylodge; all our Golden, BC rafting trips depart from here. It’s easy to find us with the downloadable self-drive map of the Banff area, and we have loads of secure parking on site for vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
At Wild Water, we place a strong emphasis on safety and guest satisfaction. Our team of river rafting professionals, or ‘guides’, will size everyone up for Canada rafting equipment, (all clean, dry, sterilized … and FREE!). Guests comfortably change into provided gear in heated changing rooms before being shuttled to the river. An easy-to-understand safety briefing will be delivered covering proper seating and paddling techniques.
Once on the river, guests experience 6 named rapids during the 1½ hour whitewater adventure (the entire trip, from ‘greetings to goodbyes’, takes about 3 ½ hours.) The trip can be best compared to a sandwich: Fun and splashy Class II and Class III waves and rapids on either end with a stunningly scenic float section in the middle!
Back at the RiverBase, in warm, dry land clothes once again, guests refuel with fresh baked cookies, fresh fruit and a selection of hot and cold beverages on our spacious deck overlooking the Kicking Horse Valley. This is the time to share more laughs with the crew and fellow rafters, check out the trip photographs and, maybe, start planning your next Kicking Horse rafting adventure (different water levels do make for an entirely different experience!).
Daily departures at 8:45 AM June 12-September 5. Select afternoon departures July and August (Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at 1:45 PM).
Guests joining us for morning Gentle departures (8:45 AM) can upgrade to enjoy a delicious post-trip lunch at the RiverBase.
Minimum 8 years of age and 50 pounds (23kg)