Planning Your Banff Rafting Trip
After checking our Banff rafting rates and purchasing your Banff vacation package, the real trip planning begins. Find out about the rafting gear you’ll need for your Banff rafting adventure, and ask about other things to do in the Banff, Alberta area. Also check out our FAQs for answers to all your Canada rafting questions.
Your Personal Rafting Gear
Warmth and security . . . that’s your desire and our goal when selecting your personal equipment for your Banff adventures. With all of our trips, you’ll be provided the following items CLEAN and dry:
- Government approved, whitewater lifejackets and helmets
- 5 mm, expedition weight wetsuits
- Thick soled wetsuit booties (so you won’t need river shoes)
- Warm, fleece sweaters
- Neoprene gloves to keep your hands comfortable while rafting
- Hooded nylon spray or paddle jackets
Rafting can be one of the most enjoyable things to do in Banff, but only when you have the proper rafting equipment. We choose only the best equipment for the job and refuse to cut corners when it comes to selecting gear for use on the river. Our “self-bailing” rafts are technologically on the leading edge of raft design and perform exceptionally well on tough, whitewater rivers. Our variety of models can be modified by the guide to use either our custom-made rowing frames, in which some of the crew paddle and some simply enjoy the ride, or we can arrange to have the entire crew paddling under the instruction of your guide. This versatility enables us to select the most appropriate rafting style for each crew, the different rivers on which we operate and the constantly changing water levels. Generally, we use our “oar with paddle assist” setup for our half-day trips, while our multi-day trips are “all-paddle.”
Our RiverBase Daylodge – Our Operations Hub
Warm change rooms, large, sunny deck (on which to enjoy a hot coffee, bakery treats and a chat with your guide following your river trip) and equipment cleaning and drying rooms are the features that you’ll find at our beautiful new building. Located on 13 wooded acres overlooking the river valley, we are easy to find just off the Trans-Canada Highway, 1hr 20 min. west of Banff and 45 min. west of Lake Louise.
You Will Need
We will provide you with as much essential equipment as is possible, however, you will need to bring a few personal items for your trip. For all of our trips, you will need to bring:
- Warm clothes to change into after your trip