exceptional stretch of whitewater on the kicking horse river

Family rafting in Canada at its finest!

For the family or those seeking a milder river experience (sometimes known as “reluctant rafters”), this trip is ideal! Starting inside of Yoho National Park, enjoy the “float less traveled”. But, it’s not all gentle and calm. In fact, there are six excellent rapids from class II to III to splash or soak you during the 1½ hour journey. “The Alarm Clock” rapid (sure to wake you up!) is just moments after pushing off shore, and “Hopi Hole” will dowse the crew!


How did the Kicking Horse River earn its name? What wildlife inhabits the area? What
makes the river such a beautiful colour? Discover the answer to these questions by enjoying the quieter, upper reaches of the Kicking Horse River. You will marvel at the varied scenery, and enjoy numerous playful waves and splashes, while your guide reveals the river’s hidden secrets and stories.

You’ll marvel at the scenery while your MPHIA (Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association) Certified guide tells you tales of the area, it’s early explorers, what they searched for . . . and what they found!


As with all our trips, you’ll start at our RiverBase Daylodge by taking our bus from Lake Louise or following our self-drive map and traveling at your own pace to the RiverBase. You’ll be outfitted with the appropriate gear to keep you comfortable while rafting, receive a thorough safety briefing, and be shuttled to the starting point inside of Yoho National Park where the rafts are ready and waiting for your arrival.


You will be on the river for about 1½ hours through splashing rapids mixed with periods of calm and peaceful floating as the river carries us past the pine, spruce and fir forests that line the river.


At trip’s end, enjoy fresh fruit, cookies and hot and cold beverages back at the RiverBase after having changed into dry clothes—A perfect end to a perfect trip on the Kicking Horse River.

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Adults: $83
$97 with transport fr Lake Louise
Kids (ages 8-14): $63
$70 with transport fr Lake Louise

Rafting Details

Classification: Class I-III

Trip Length: 3 hours

Departures: 8:45am and 2:00pm

Minimum Age: 8 years old

Location: RiverBase Daylodge

Best For

Families, the mildly adventurous, and ‘reluctant rafters’.

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