Whitewater Exciter

exceptional stretch of whitewater on the kicking horse river

One of the best half day Kicking Horse Rafting Trips…hands down!

Our flagship trip since 1992, over 120,000 rafters have enjoyed this exceptional stretch of whitewater on the Kicking Horse River that we offer twice daily. Perfect for ages 12 to…well…our current record is 88! Not too long and not too short, to quote from Goldilocks and the Three Bears…“This trip is JUST right!”


Never been rafting before but want a fun trip? BEEN rafting before and want something more? The Whitewater Exciter is one of our flagship Kicking Horse Rafting Trips and is sure to satisfy whether this is your first or fifteenth trip.

As with all our trips, you’ll meet at our RiverBase Daylodge. You may take our bus from Lake Louise or take your car. (It’s easy to find your way to us with our downloadable self-drive map of Banff area, and we’ve got loads of secure parking on site.)


You’ll meet your team of river rafting professionals, or “guides”, that will help you get the proper fit for all your Canada rafting equipment (all clean, dry…and FREE!) and deliver easy-to-understand safety briefings and proper seating and paddling techniques.


You’ll experience over 14 sets of named rapids during your 1½ hrs. of fun on the river. (The whole trip, “greetings” to “goodbyes”, takes about 3 to 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 you float through breathtaking scenery and past towering canyon walls.


There are numerous rapids, such as, “Roller Coaster”, “Hopi Hole”, “Goat Rapid” and “Twin Peaks” that are certain to leave you with big smiles. The most famous rapid is known throughout the area…the “Portage” and “Shotgun” rapids! (Cue dramatic music!) Long, continuous, quick and tricky, this section of river is, without question, the most popular and memorable section of true class IV to IV+ rafting in the Alberta area. Don’t miss it!


At the rafting trip’s end, back in your own dry clothes, hair dried and adrenalin levels back to normal, you’ll share cookies, fresh fruit, hot and cold beverages on our spacious deck overlooking the Kicking Horse River valley with your river rafting guides and fellow adventurers and exchange your tales of the day…and maybe even start planning one of your next Kicking Horse Rafting Trips!


Whitewater Exciter Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews.

The Power of Mother Natue

5 5 1
The staff are best friends with Mother Nature and it shows!

Fantastic time!

5 5 1
This experience was a bucket list item and wild water adventures did not disappoint. Our guide AJ was funny, knowledgeable and all around top notch. I would highly recommend rafting with this company! Thanks for showing our family such a great time!

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$99 Per Person
$113 with transport from Lake Louise hotels

Rafting Details

Classification: Class II to IV+

Trip Length: 3 hours

Departures: 8:45am – 12:15pm & 2:00pm – 5:15pm

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. This trip is budget friendly, time sensitive, and an ideal for families.

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