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Golden Skybridge & Rafting Package

Wild Water Adventures is pleased to announce our newest adventure package:  Across The Bridge & Down The River. In partnership with Golden Skybridge, guests can now enjoy two (yes, 2!) of Golden, BC’s most popular attractions and experiences. First, raft down the Kicking Horse River, with its famous waves and rapids. Next, walk across bridges suspended more than 400-feet above the ground (or, vice versa)! From two different perspectives, marvel at the natural beauty found on the western edge of the Canadian Rockies.  Join Wild Water Adventures first for either the half-day Gentle or Whitewater Exciter rafting trip. Afterward, spend the other half of the day walking across Canada’s highest suspension bridges.  River Rafting Options   Guests choose between ‘mild or wild’ whitewater rafting options on the Kicking Horse River. For families with children aged 8 years and older, our bouncy and splashy Gentle trip is an ideal introduction to whitewater rafting. For those at least 12 years of age (and 90 pounds in weight), the Whitewater Exciter offers non-stop BIG whitewater action from start to finish. A great rafting near Calgary experience! Are Reservations Required? Yes!  Reservations are definitely needed. For the rafting portion of the package, a specific rafting date, trip, and departure time must be booked in advance. For the Golden Skybridge portion, a specific date is also required. How To Purchase Your Adventure Activity Package To make a reservation for this new activity package, simply call us directly at 1-888-647-6444.  The office is open 8 AM through 8 PM daily (Mountain Standard Time). We look forward to seeing everyone on the river, and the bridges, sometime soon!     Author: Deborah Wade

Welcome To The 2021 Rafting Season!

Welcome back to the river!  The 2021 whitewater rafting season kicked off in grand style last month. The Wild Water crew was so happy to be back on the Kicking Horse River and moving about the RiverBase.  Although the season started later than usual, we now are up and running and having loads of fun with our guests.    2021 Heat Dome     After only four weeks into the season, the biggest challenge by far has been water levels. The heat dome of 2021 melted alpine snow in record quantities, feeding the river till it almost burst its banks. Locals in the area say they’d never seen the rivers so high. Some trips did require us to change which section of river we ran because the BIG whitewater of the Kicking Horse River was simply too big!  Water levels have come down and we are rafting the usual sections of the river once again.  We greatly appreciate the understanding and flexibility shown by our guests while Mother Nature threw us some curveballs.       Highway Construction    Just west of the RiverBase, on the TransCanada Highway, a mammoth construction project is underway. While there were daytime closures of the TransCanada Highway earlier in the year, only night-time closures are in effect during July, August, and the first half of September.  There is no need for guests to detour through Kootenay National Park and Radium on Highways 93 and 95 in order to reach the RiverBase.  Please continue to follow GoogleMap’s step-by-step instructions.   Nightly closures of the highway between the RiverBase and the town of Golden take place between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am, Sunday night through Friday morning.  Please refer to the Kicking Horse Canyon construction website for further details.    COVID-19     Wild Water Adventures continues to adhere to its extensive COVID-19 protocols established last year. Guests are kindly reminded to bring their own face covering to wear while at the RiverBase and on our shuttle buses. Face coverings, however, will not be worn while rafting. Please also bring along a small Ziploc bag for dry storage of your face covering while on the river.     Trip Cancellation Insurance    Wild Water Adventures has partnered with Tugo Travel Insurance. If interested in purchasing trip cancellation insurance, simply click here for further details.     COMING SOON!  Later this month, Wild Water Adventures will be announcing a new adventure package in partnership with Golden Skybridge.  Guests can raft either the Gentle or Whitewater Exciter and receive entrance tickets to Golden’s newest attraction. Stayed tuned!    Please simply call us at 1-888-647-6444  if there are any questions.   The office is open daily from 8 AM through 8 PM.    The 2021 crew is looking forward to seeing everyone soon on the river.       Author: Deborah Wade

THE ROCKIES ARE NOT THAT FAR AWAY!

British Columbia staycations offer endless possibilities for summer fun and adventure. Beyond Vancouver and the BC Interior are the towering mountains, high alpine trails and turquoise-hued rivers and lakes of the Rocky Mountains. This seemingly far-off region of BC is actually not that far off. Within a day’s drive of the Lower Mainland, summer road-trippers can easily be in this stunning region, taking in new and exciting experiences.  Top of the list of summer things to do in the Rocky Mountains is whitewater rafting. What is the most exciting river in British Columbia, with the biggest and wildest waves and rapids? The answer is the infamous Kicking Horse River, near Golden, BC. During high water season (late May to early July), this river truly ‘kicks’ with Class 2 through Class 4+ wild whitewater. Class 2, 3 and 4 waves remain consistent as the higher peaks of the Rockies offer alpine snowmelt throughout the summer. It is definitely worth the drive to the Rockies for this world-class whitewater rafting experience.  Rafters, certainly, can drive straight through to the RiverBase from the Lower Mainland for their scheduled trip. But why not take the time to truly appreciate the majesty of the Rockies? Below is a multi-day Rocky Mountain itinerary that includes rafting and so much more. Customize your staycation by adding in as many days as desired. Day #1  The goal today is Kamloops … and beyond! By striking out early in the day from the Lower Mainland, visitors can be in Kamloops for lunch. A cornucopia of food trucks offers an international selection of flavours for growling tummies. Stop by one of the many craft breweries, cideries or distilleries for supplies to enjoy later in the evening, once the day’s drive is done. Carry on northward from Kamloops along Highway 5 towards the picturesque mountain towns of Blue River and Valemount for the night. Valemount and the Robson Valley are approximately 3 hours from Kamloops.   Day #2  From Valemount, and along Highway 16 East, strike out into one of BC’s crown jewels: Mount Robson Provincial Park. As the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies, glacier-clad Mount Robson towers over forests, alpine lakes and an abundance of trails. If hiking to Berg Lake, be sure to make trail reservations before leaving home.  Farther down the highway, next door in Alberta, is Jasper National Park. Remember to advance watches by one hour and to purchase a Park pass. The town of Jasper boasts a wide selection of accommodations, campgrounds and restaurants. Later in the evening, look up and marvel at the night sky. There is a very good reason why Jasper is designated as a Dark Sky Preserve.    Day #3  Southbound from Jasper is one of the world’s most spectacularly scenic drives: the Icefields Parkway. Although only 230km in length, an entire day is needed to journey from one end to the other. With travelling through the heart of the Rocky Mountains, be sure to have plenty of storage room on the camera for photographs. Remember also to fill up the gas tank before leaving Jasper. With pre-arranged reservations at Kicking Horse Campground, in Yoho National Park, there is no worry about where to sleep tonight. Take your time and enjoy the drive.    Day #4  Today is the day for whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River! Just down the road from the campground, is the Wild Water Adventures RiverBase.  Join the crew of Wild Water Adventures and experience the biggest and wildest whitewater in the Rockies. Choose from half-day or full-length trips to satisfy ‘mild to wild’ whitewater preferences. The Whitewater Exciter is non-stop BIG whitewater action while the Gentle is the ideal introduction to whitewater rafting (perfect for families and rafters who want to get ‘splashed’ rather than soaked!). The full-length Tradition combines the two shorter trips together to maximize the entire river experience. The double-shot Maximum Horsepower is two runs down the big whitewater section, in two different types of rafts! Trips are offered daily, mid-May through mid-September. Minimum age and weights apply for all trips. Don’t forget to make your rafting reservation before leaving home. Trips do sell out well in advance. After Golden white water rafting, which can include lunch, a short 20-minute drive along TransCanada Highway #1 brings visitors to the charming town of Golden.  Nestled between the Rockies and Selkirks, and between the Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers, Golden provides small-town charm with all the local amenities. Day #5  From Golden, the drive back towards Kamloops and the Lower Mainland is straightforward. Simply take TransCanada highway #1 due west. At Kamloops, either continue on the TransCanada (travelling through the Fraser Canyon) or divert to Highway #5 (Coquihalla). Remember to adjust watches back to Pacific Standard Time at Roger’s Pass.  Spending time in the Rockies requires very little travel time from other regions of British Columbia. Stunning mountain and river landscapes are but a day’s drive away. Upon arrival, each visitor then has a tough decision to make: How long should I stay? Please travel responsibly during your regional staycation.    We look forward to seeing everyone on the river soon!    Author: Deborah Wade

INVERMERE, RADIUM & GOLDEN ROAD-TRIP LOOP

Staycation adventure road trips in the Rockies are ideal. A change of scenery from the city, mixed in with a boost of adrenalin, is just the ticket to break free of your daily routine. The Golden Triangle connects Calgary with Radium, Invermere, and Golden via Highways #1, #93, and #95.

Early Booking Bonus For 2021 Season!

Happy Holidays from Wild Water Adventures! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and to be planning activities for next summer. For a limited time only, guests can book their 2021 Kicking Horse rafting trips and save 20%. Make your reservation, before January 4th, either via our website or by calling us directly at 1-888-647-6444.  Simply use the code HolidayBonus2020. Early Booking Bonus  The holiday bonus applies to rafting fares on our Whitewater Exciter, Tradition, Gentle and Maximum Horsepower trips.  The bonus does not extend to the optional BBQ lunch on morning half-day trips, nor to packaged options such as Up The Mountain Down The River. Other Good News Book Now, Pay Later The beauty of booking now (and saving 20%) is that payment is collected only seven (yes, 7!) days before your rafting trip. Plan your summer activities now, and pay later. How great is that? No Charge To Change A Reservation Flexibility is the name of the game. If your reservation needs to change (the date, for example), there is no charge. As long as there is space available and we are given more than 48 hours notice from the original trip date (or, one week’s notice for groups of 8 or more), then there is no charge. Enjoy The Outdoors With Your Cohorts In this time of COVID-19, outdoors with your cohorts is definitely the place to be.  Our BYOB program (Buy Your Own Boatload) is perfect for guests who wish to have their own raft on a regularly scheduled departure. Minimum 4 guests required per raft; maximum 8. Dependent on favourable water levels. Different Water Levels Make For A Different Experience 2020 saw us ‘kick’ off our rafting season later than usual. Because of this, guests enjoyed waves and rapids at medium water levels; the high-water levels of May and June were missed entirely. For a truly BIG whitewater experience next summer, nothing is finer than rafting early in the season. Make Your 2021 Rafting Reservation Now! Make your reservation now, and save 20%, by calling us directly or visiting our website. Remember to book before January 4th!   The Wild Water Crew Wishes Everyone A Safe and Healthy Holiday Season! See You On The River Next Year   Author: Deborah Wade

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DAY TRIPS FROM CALGARY

Outdoor adventure, in this time of COVID-19, is exactly what people crave this summer. Everyone wants to put a smile on their face and a spring back in their step. Being outside in the sunshine and fresh air will do just that. With the Rocky Mountains so close to Calgary, a day-trip full of adventure is as easy as 1-2-3! When planning an adventurous day-trip from Calgary, consider the following suggestions: 1. Rock-Climbing with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures As children, we loved climbing and scrambling over and under all sorts of things in the great outdoors; boulders, fallen logs, home-made ladders leading up to tree forts. Signing up for a professionally-instructed rock climbing course with Yamnuska helps get back that childhood ‘love to climb’ feeling.  Whether a complete beginner who has never rock climbed before or a highly skilled climber looking to tick off the list of classics, Yam has something for everyone. Rock shoes and technical gear included. * Private sessions, with your own personal guiding professional, are available * 2. Whitewater Rafting with Wild Water Adventures   Nothing says ‘outdoor adventure’ more than Calgary whitewater rafting! With mild to wild waves splashing and crashing about (sometimes from above), rafters will feel completely energized and refreshed by the time the trip is finished. The best river in the Rockies for whitewater action is the good ‘ole Kicking Horse, a river Wild Water Adventures has rafted since 1992.  With its eye for detail, highly experienced (and fun-loving) guides, and spacious RiverBase Day Lodge, time spent with Wild Water is definitely worth the drive from Calgary! Roster options include the family-friendly Gentle rafting trip (a great introduction to whitewater rafting); the ever-exciting Whitewater Exciter (for BIG whitewater); the full-length Tradition (the Gentle and Whitewater Exciter half-day trips put together for 2 trips in 1), and the double-run Maximum Horsepower. Daily departures available at 8:45AM and 1:45PM. * Private Boat options are available for all trips; Minimum 8 years of age * * For 2021: Afternoon Gentle departures available on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays * 3. Bike Rentals with Gear Up Head on out to Canmore, pick up a rental bike and pedal your way around the trails! What could be easier than packing a picnic lunch and powering a well-maintained road or mountain bike, rented from Gear Up, to a lovely spot in the Bow Valley? With the multitude of dirt and paved trails in and around Canmore and Banff, riders of all abilities can enjoy spending a day out in the fresh Rocky Mountain air. * Bike riding with your family is a naturally spacious outdoor activity * 4. Guided Fishing Tours with Wapiti Sports Try your hand at fishing for trout on the Upper Bow River near Canmore. The Rocky Mountains offer a stunning backdrop for Wapiti Sports’ Float and Wade guided fishing tours, all of which are strictly catch and release. Spend a few hours gently drifting along turquoise-hued waters, searching out Bull and Brook trout, Cutthroat and the Rocky Mountain Whitefish. * Privately guided tours available * 5. Go For a Hike in Yoho National Park ‘Yoho’ is Cree for amazement or awe, of which there is no shortage on any hiking trail found within the national park boundaries. Wapta Falls, just down the highway from Wild Water Adventures’ RiverBase, is a mellow forest trail leading to the most amazingly awesome waterfall (a miniature Niagara Falls!).  Be sure to walk down to the base of the waterfall for even more spectacular Rocky Mountain views. For more isolated time on the trail, hike up to Hunter Lookout; the trailhead is just across the TransCanada from the Wapta Falls exit. * Hiking is yet another naturally spacious outdoor activity ideal for families and groups * Before The Summer Ends … This summer, more than ever it seems, we have to treat ourselves to the wonders of nature. Our minds are eased when outside by the rivers, on a trail, or somewhere on a mountain.  Outdoor adventure is key to keeping us happy and content while still allowing for appropriate distancing from others. Just be sure to get your summer outdoor adventuring accomplished before the season ends.   See You Soon On The River! Author: Deborah Wade  

Best Canada Whitewater Rafting – The Maximum Horsepower Trip

Looking for the biggest and best Calgary rafting adventure with the most whitewater action to be found in the Rockies?  Look no further than Wild Water Adventure’s Maximum Horsepower rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. The MHP, as we like to call this particular trip, definitely lives up to its name.  It is not one, but TWO runs down THE best section of whitewater the Kicking Horse River has to offer.  Rafters experience 24 exhilarating rapids and cover a total of 24 kilometres of river distance (the longest possible whitewater trip near Banff National Park!) But the adrenaline rush does not stop there. To make this double whitewater trip even more exhilarating, rafters power downstream in two different styles of rafts. The first run, in our ever-popular 16-foot oar-rigged rafts, gives everyone a chance to warm up and get familiar with the river. For the second run, we completely change it up and launch everyone in smaller 14-foot all-paddle rafts with the guide being just another paddler. Believe you me, those two feet make a world of difference! Smaller rafts accentuate everything:  the bounces, the smashes, and the hits!  It may be the second run on the same section of river, but it will be a completely different experience.  Not only that, but everyone (and, I mean everyone) will have a paddle in their hands.  100% participation is required from each and every rafter.  There is nothing finer than digging in and paddling hard when your guide hollers out commands. WHO CAN RAFT THE MHP? The MHP is twice the whitewater action of our single-run Whitewater Exciter, and paddling is mandatory on the second run.  Because of this, every rafter must be at least 16 years old AND weigh at least 100 pounds. Muscle power, stamina, and enthusiasm for double-action whitewater are key characteristics. WHEN IS THE MHP OFFERED? Smaller boats require the Kicking Horse River to be running at a certain water level. We want to have fun, but more importantly, we want to be safe. If the water level is too high, the smaller boats are not appropriate. The 2022 MHP season kicks off July 20th, pending favourable river levels, and runs through to August 27th. Two weekly departures are offered on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Generally by the end of July and into August, the river is at the perfect level for the MHP. WHAT IS PROVIDED FOR RAFTERS? As with all Kicking Horse rafting trips, guests are asked to bring a towel, their own bathing suit/swimming shorts and a heavy polar fleece/polypropelene sweater (for added warmth on the river). In these times of COVID-19, guests are also asked to bring a face covering and ziploc bag (for dry storage of your face covering while on the river).  Wild Water provides guests with clean, dry and sanitized wetsuits, wetsuit booties, spray jackets, life jackets, and helmets.  Even wetsuit gloves are available (a piece of gear that I personally don’t raft the Kicking Horse River without!).  Once back at the RiverBase after the second run, and in dry clothes once again, hot beverages are served and trip photographs displayed. To Find Out More About The MHP, Or Any Of Our Kicking Horse Rafting Adventures, Simply Give Us a Call at 1-888-647-6444. See You On The River! Rafting The Kicking Horse Since 1992 Author: Deborah Wade

We Are In This Together: COVID-19 Protocols For All Rafting Guests

THE 2020 RAFTING SEASON ‘KICKS’ OFF ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27TH! Thank you for your patience. We are so excited to welcome everyone back to the Kicking Horse River, for the best whitewater in the Rockies!  In this time of COVID-19, the river truly is the place to be. With naturally wild landscapes and waterways, who wants to be indoors when there is so much fun to be had outdoors?  At Wild Water Adventures, safety has always been the #1 priority. COVID-19 will not change that in the slightest. Our crew will be in full compliance with provincial health protocols and guidelines.   Guests, as well, will kindly be required to adhere to these new protocols. We are, after all, in this together.      Please be sure to familiarize yourselves with Wild Water Adventures‘ COVID-19 protocols, before arriving at the RiverBase: Remain at home if a) feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID-19; b) have been in contact with anyone else who is unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or c) have returned to Canada in the past 14 days. Guests will be screened before entering the RiverBase. Guests will be required to sign a declaration of health and release of liability waiver, as well as agree to contact tracing. Kindly provide your own face covering(s), and small ziploc bag, for when a 2-meter distance is not possible with other guests and crew. Face coverings must be worn by all when in the change rooms and travelling by bus between the RiverBase and river (crew included). Face coverings will not be worn on the rafts due to river safety. While on the river, face coverings will be stored in your own ziploc bag and kept in the pocket of your spray jacket. Please have your bathing suit on before arriving at the RiverBase to make changing into rafting gear more efficient. Personal clothing and items not needed on the river will be kept in your own vehicle. A cloth or plastic bag will be useful to keep such belongings organized. Car keys will be locked in a safe at the RiverBase. For added warmth and comfort while on the river, we recommend bringing a polar fleece sweater(s) and/or polypropylene layer(s) to wear on top of the wetsuit. Do NOT bring cotton sweatshirts (they are useless when wet, and will only keep you cold). Post-trip snacks nor the BBQ lunch, regrettably, will not be available this year. Please fuel up before the trip (i.e. have a hearty breakfast or lunch first!). Hot beverages, however, will be served after the trip, back at the RiverBase. It is a good idea to bring your own water bottles and water supply. Wild Water Adventures will not be able to top up water bottles. Guests will handle and touch only the equipment provided directly to them, and not handle equipment provided to other guests. In other words, keep your hands on your own gear! Pack along your own hand sanitizer to complement provisions at the RiverBase. Be prepared to regularly clean and sanitize your hands! Maintain a 2-meter (6-foot) physical distance at all times from guests who are not part of your cohort family or group. Credit and debit payment is preferred for souvenir items and trip photographs purchased at our gift shoppe. As always, bring along an adventurous spirit and smile on your face! A guest not in compliance with any of these protocols, unfortunately, will not be able to raft. Wild Water Adventures’ Implemented Safety Measures: Monitor the health of the crew on a daily basis Enforce physical distancing Use of PPE where recommended Reduce the number of touchpoints and increase cleaning of remaining touchpoints Wild Water staff are trained on enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing procedures Guests and staff alike must adhere to Wild Water Adventures‘ policies and procedures A full list of the company-specific COVID-19 measures will be posted at the Wild Water front desk. We Can Do This! As so many people say today, we are in this together. With everyone’s respect and cooperation, we will still be able to have a heck of a lot of fun on the Kicking Horse this summer! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or queries at 1-888-647-6444 or info@wildwater.com. We look forward to seeing everyone, soon, on the river.   Author: Deborah Wade

River Rafting In The Time of COVID-19

OPENING DAY:  SATURDAY, JUNE 27TH! Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River, near Banff National Park, might just be the best outdoor activity to enjoy in the coming months. Once everyone gets the green light to move about more freely in our COVID-19 world, the river will be the place to be. High on everyone’s minds are three critical questions: ‘Where do we go? What do we do? And, is rafting a good activity in the time of COVID-19?’. Question #1: Where Do We Go? Staying relatively close to home, and exploring further into our own provincial backyard, is the message from our health experts. Weeks and weeks of cooped up isolation mean that fun-seeking adventurers are wondering where they can go to play. The Canadian Rockies could not provide a better wilderness setting in which to kick back, relax and blow off some pent up COVID-19 steam. When permitted, hop in your car, truck or RV and road trip out to Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks. Long-lasting summer memories can still be made without travelling too far from home. Question #2: What Do We Do? The world may have changed in the past several months, along with how we interact with each other within that world. One aspect, however, that remains steadfast is the importance of spending time in nature and wilderness. River rafting has always offered a grand, naturally wild experience: a chance to deeply breathe in pine-scented air; gaze out at stupendous mountain scenery; and, vigorously shake off cascading water after ploughing through a thrilling set of waves and rapids. Recent articles in the L.A. Times and Men’s Journal reflect on this exact thought. Also worth noting is that the river is already running at a high level, and forecasted to remain so for the season. This summer will be the perfect time to experience the true ‘kick’ in the Kicking Horse River! Returning to the question of ‘what do we do?’, the answer is simple. Let’s go rafting! Question #3: Is Rafting A Wise Activity In The Time of COVID-19? In a word, yes. Public health officials encourage activities that involve being in wide-open spaces. ‘Outdoor rather than indoor’ is the motto when it comes to choosing what to do. For a summer adventure, river rafting could not be better suited to put a smile on a guest’s face while respecting public health advice. Wild Water Adventures adheres strictly to industry safety standards regarding how to raft a river. Provincial guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be met with the same high standard of care. Whether it be at the RiverBase, on our shuttle vehicles, or on the rafts themselves, government safety measures and protocols will be followed to the letter. Exceptions will not be made. Guests gather at the RiverBase, our main hub of activity, before and after the rafting trip. Fortunately, the naturally spacious setting ensures no one needs to feel crowded. Extensive measures will be implemented to uphold both distancing and sanitary requirements. Similar considerations will also come into play while transporting guests to, and from, the river. On the raft itself, guests are already spaced between the bow and stern (or, front and back).  Each 16-foot raft holds 8 guests, with 4 in the front, and 4 in the back. The guide sits at the centre of the raft, rowing with the oars. Private raft options are available for intact travelling groups along with fully private departures available for large groups of up to 32 people. Whether on land, in a vehicle, or on a raft, face coverings will be worn, by both guests and crew, if the 2-metre distance cannot be maintained. Guests are required to provide their own face coverings. Rafting gear provided by Wild Water includes wetsuit, wetsuit booties and gloves, spray jacket, life jacket and helmet. Over the past 29 years, it has been our modus operandi to clean, dry and sterilize gear after every single use. With such well-established systems already in place, we are good to go for COVID-19 procedures. For additional warmth, guests are encouraged to pack along their own polar fleece sweater or polypropylene layer. You’ll have that much more fun when warm and happy on the river! WHEN CAN WE RAFT?   Opening day on the river is SATURDAY, JUNE 27th!   The entire crew at Wild Water Adventures wishes to reassure each and every guest that your health and safety remain our Number 1 priority. That is the way it has always been and will continue to be. Adjusting our current safety-conscious operations to incorporate COVID-19 health measures requires only minor tweaking.  We are, essentially, ready to ‘rock and raft’. To chat about summer possibilities, simply give us a call at 1-888-647-6444.   We do look forward to seeing everyone on the river. Remember to bring your bathing suit, towel and face coverings! Author: Deborah Wade