The Tradition

full day of unrivaled scenery and thrilling Canadian Rockies rapids

Popular rafting trip in the Canadian Rockies

Renamed for our 20th Anniversary, this “traditional” 24 km trip is the longest standard day trip available. Special permits allow us to start well upstream in stunning Yoho National Park. This traditional Kicking Horse River trip combines the beauty and peaceful upper section of the river with the more exciting rapids found in our Whitewater Exciter half day trip…plus you’ll enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch served back at our RiverBase following the trip.

Your trip begins at our RiverBase Daylodge, the “hub” of our operations where all our trips meet. Your guides for the day will introduce themselves to you and lead you through the gear room to get you properly outfitted for your day on the river. A quick shuttle to where the boats are waiting, a thorough safety briefing, and we’re off!


First, we’ll make sure you’re awake by crashing through the playful waves at the “Alarm Clock” rapid. Then we’ll enjoy the peaceful float as we make our way through Yoho National Park. (We are one of only two companies to operate on this pristine section of river!). This is a great time to learn about the river, its history . . . and perhaps engage a rival raft in a water fight!


The second part of this trip is where the action REALLY happens. In just 12kms (9 miles) you’ll experience 14 sets of thrilling whitewater rapids ranging from class II to IV+.


In all, you’ll enjoy over 24kms (15 miles) of spectacular whitewater and magnificent scenery.


Back at our RiverBase, our catering team will have fired up the barbecue and have waiting for you your choice of a succulent marinated chicken breast, scrumptious Salmon filet or a tasty vegetarian burger, complete with lettuce, tomato slices and all the condiments. Freshly baked French Rolls, Caesar, Asian Coleslaw and Potato salads, chips, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and juicy watermelon round out this satisfying reward after your rafting trip!


After your goodbyes to the crew, you may wish to stop into our River’s Edge gift shop to take away some souvenirs or order the digital photo CD taken of you in action . . . bragging rights of a great day on the river!

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$139 Per Person
$159 with transport from Banff or Lake Louise hotels

Rafting Details

Classification: Class II to IV+

Trip Length: 5 hours

Trip Time: 8:45am – 2:00pm

Minimum Age: 12 years old and 90 lbs (44 kg)

Location: RiverBase Daylodge

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A perfect rafting trip for the first-time rafter or the experienced rafter. More river-time with a great BBQ lunch!

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