Whitewater Exciter

The Best Kicking Horse River Rafting Trip

Our most popular half-day trip. Experience some of the biggest and best whitewater in the Canadian Rockies!


Adults: $129


3 Hours

Age & Weight:

Ages 12+ & 90lbs (41kg)


Up to Class IV+
You will get soaked!


River Base Day Lodge

Departure Time:

8:45 am & 1:45 pm

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If you’re looking for thrilling whitewater, whether you’re a first-time rafter or experienced, this trip is for you. Crash through 14 rapids from Class II to Class IV+ over 12km on your Kicking Horse River rafting trip. Rafters will then return to the River Base soaked and smiling. Once in warm, dry clothes, refuel with a selection of hot and cold beverages, while you reminisce about the good times you had!


  • Our most popular trip
  • Exciting rapids like Hopi’s Hole, Rollercoaster, and Twin Peaks
  • Portage & Shotgun – 1km of continuous Class IV whitewater
  • Optional BBQ lunch upgrade for morning departures


Get ready to embark on an incredible journey down the Kicking Horse River! Grab your swimsuit, towel, and sense of adventure, and meet us at our River Base, nestled near the stunning Golden, BC. When you arrive, our cheery crew will give you a warm welcome, get you checked in and guide you through the waiver process.

After everyone’s accounted for, our lively guides kick off the adventure with a quick intro and gear rundown. Then, it’s off to our changerooms to suit up in our top-notch equipment. Fun fact: we wash, sanitize and dry it all after every use, so it’s ready for the next round of action.

Now, jump aboard our bright yellow buses, and we’ll whisk you away to the river’s edge, where the real adventure begins!

After a quick bus ride to the river put-in, you’ll hop off the bus and gather around for the safety talk; you’ll get all the intel you need to conquer the wild water!

Then comes the fun part. You’ll be grouped into rafts and away you go! For the next hour and 20 minutes, you’ll be in for a thrilling ride tackling 14 rapids ranging from Class II (fun and splashy) to Class IV+ (more challenging, with waves so big they’re guaranteed to leave you drenched). Get ready to paddle hard, hold on tight, and get down through the most exhilarating whitewater in the Canadian Rockies. But, it’s not just about the adrenaline rush. Along the way, you’ll also be treated to jaw-dropping views, from majestic mountains to towering canyon walls.

Finally, as you reach the river take-out, you’ll bid farewell to your raft and hop back aboard the bus for the short and sweet ride to our River Base.

Back at the River Base, it’s time to wrap up your epic adventure. Head into our cozy heated change rooms, where you’ll say goodbye to your river gear, and hello to your dry, comfy clothes.

Out on our spacious deck overlooking the picturesque Kicking Horse Valley, you’ll be treated to a selection of piping hot and refreshingly cold beverages to sip and savour – you’ve earned it!

As you relax on the deck, take a walk down memory lane and check out the trip photos on display, where you can relive the thrill of the river and spot yourself in action. If you need the perfect souvenir to commemorate this unforgettable journey (and remind you to plan your next visit!), hit up our gift shop – it’s a treasure trove of goodies! And of course, you can mingle with fellow rafters and guides, sharing stories and laughter, reveling in the fun and excitement you had on the river. It’s the perfect ending to an extraordinary day!



Our rafts seat up to 8 guests. The guide sits in the middle, with 4 guests in the front and 4 guests in the back. Private rafts are available for groups of 4 to 8 rafters. Click here for more information.

Our River Base is located on a picturesque 13-acre property, overlooking the Kicking Horse River. It is the ideal place to meet and prepare for your trip. The day lodge boasts heated change rooms, hot and cold running water, proper washroom facilities and a large, covered deck area to enjoy before and after rafting. Personal items remain dry and secure inside the day lodge while guests have fun on the river.

For any morning departures, guests have the option to add-on a gourmet barbecue lunch. The menu consists of a choice of a Mediterranean-marinated chicken breast, salmon filet, or black bean veggie burger, paired with freshly baked bread, three different salads, munchie mix, watermelon, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. For more information, give our friendly Reservations specialists a call at 1-888-647-6444.

Absolutely! Our talented Drivers / Trip Photographers will be on scene to capture all the action. Trip photos are available for purchase after your trip directly with our Guest Services Crew, or through our online store here.

As with any adventure activity, there are always inherent hazards and risks. However, we do all that we can to mitigate those hazards and risks. More information about our safety policies and protocols can be found here.

Yes. As with all adventure sports, guests are required to read, complete and sign a waiver in order to raft. Waivers must be signed and witnessed only at the River Base. Please do not arrive at the River Base with pre-printed waivers; we will only ask you to complete and sign the form again.  Guests under the age of 18 are required to have a parent signature on their behalf. The waiver is also available in French, Spanish, German and Dutch.

All you need to bring is a swimsuit and towel! We provide the rest of the gear that you’ll wear on the river—wetsuits, neoprene booties, polar fleece sweaters, hooded spray jackets, helmets and life jackets. Any valuables, like phones, wallets and jewelry can be safely stored in our locked change rooms, or in your locked personal vehicle.

For full details about our Terms and Conditions, visit our Booking Policies page.


Cancellation Policy:


Individual Booking (up to 7 participants):


Reservations are fully refundable, or changeable, up to 48 hours prior to trip departure. Once within that final 48-hour window, reservations are non-refundable.


Group Booking (8 or more participants):


Reservations are fully refundable, or changeable up to 7 days prior to trip departure. Once within that final 7-day window, reservations are non-refundable.


WAIVER, EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY & ASSUMPTION OF RISKS: Whitewater rafting involves many risks, dangers and hazards , which are outlined in our release of liability, waiver of claims, assumption of risks and indemnity agreement. Each participant will be required to read and sign the Wild Water Adventures waiver of liability prior to commencing the trip. A sample copy of the waiver can be downloaded here and will be attached to the confirmation email. The waiver is also available in French, Spanish, German and Dutch.


Photo/Video Release: I consent to photographs and/or video taken of being used for advertising, promotional or marketing purposes.

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