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 your way to us with our 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 over 14 sets of named rapids during the 1½ hour whitewater adventure (the entire trip, from ‘greetings to goodbyes’, takes about 3 ½ hours.) The named rapids range from Class II (easy, fun) to Class IV (very splashy, challenging and wet!) and there is plenty of fast-moving water and smaller waves to enjoy while rafting past breathtaking scenery and towering canyon walls.
Rapids such as Roller Coaster, Hopi’s Hole, Goat Rapid and Twin Peaks produce big smiles. The most famous rapid is Portage and Shotgun (cue dramatic music!). Long, continuous, quick and tricky, this section of this river is, without question, the most popular and memorable section of true Class IV to IV+ rafting in the Canadian Rockies. Don’t miss it!
Back at the RiverBase, after the trip, 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, at different times of the season, do make for an entirely different experience!).
Daily departures at 8:45 AM and 1:45 PM.
Minimum 12 years of age and 90 pounds (41kg)
2021 Season: Guests joining us for a morning departure (8:45 AM) can upgrade and enjoy a delicious post-trip lunch at the RiverBase.