Whitewater Rafting Near Calgary – An Insider’s Guide

whitewater rafting near Calgary

Whitewater Rafting Near Calgary – An Insider’s Guide

Whitewater rafting near Calgary, with Wild Water Adventures, is the perfect summer adventure!  Head out beyond the city and experience THE best white water action in the Rockies.  The Kicking Horse River, wild and free, truly ‘kicks’ with world class waves and rapids.  Nothing says ‘adventure’ better than river rafting in Banff!

Getting There

whitewater rafting near Calgary

Whitewater rafting on the beautiful Kicking Horse River with Wild Water Adventures

The drive to whitewater rafting near Calgary is awesome. Mountains, rivers, and lakes … oh my!   Mountain towns such as Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, and Field offer charm, coffee shops, and gas stations.  For rafting fuel, try a delicious breakfast burrito at the Trailhead Café in Lake Louise (the Wild Water Adventures crew loves them!).

Towering mountains surround the TransCanada Highway, west of Calgary. Yamnuska, Cascade, Rundle, Castle, and Wapta climb dramatically to the sky. Prepare for jaws to drop and cameras to click.  This is, after all, the heart of Banff and Yoho National Parks.

For easy to follow directions to our RiverBase, click “HERE”.  The drive is super easy and straightforward.  Simply hop on TransCanada Highway #1, head west and turn off the highway when you see the big Wild Water Adventures billboard (45 minutes beyond Lake Louise, and 20 minutes beyond the town of Field, BC).

The Adventure

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Rafting big whitewater on the Kicking Horse River with Wild Water Adventures

Wild Water Adventures, in its 28th season (Thank You, everyone!), offers a range of Banff whitewater rafting tours.  Experience exhilarating, continuous and BIG whitewater. Or, go for something more gentle.  Or, maximize your river time by combining both!  We have something for everyone.  Simply head west on the TransCanada Highway, past Banff, Lake Louise, and Field.  From our RiverBase, the Kicking Horse River is just a hop, skip and bus shuttle away.  Pack your bathing suit and towel.  The rest of the rafting gear is on us!

River rafting in Banff is the day’s main event.  That goes without saying.  The list of other sights to see, before or after whitewater rafting near Calgary, is endless.  Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge, and Takakkaw Falls are easy, and spectacular, side-trips from the town of Field. An emerald-green lake and thundering waterfall are not to be missed. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are, simply put, iconic.  Rent a canoe and marvel at the scenery from the centre of either lake.  For something to eat, an international variety of restaurants, cafes and eateries are easily found in Banff and Canmore.

After Whitewater Rafting Near Calgary

whitewater rafting near Calgary

Having fun rafting the Kicking Horse River with Wild Water Adventures

Beyond the mountains, after river rafting in Banff, take time to explore Kananaskis Country or drive the Cowboy Trail (better known as Highway 22).  Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump and the Tyrell Museums are definitely worth visiting.  For a bit of modern fun, check out Calaway Park.

Whitewater rafting near Calgary, on the Kicking Horse River with Wild Water Adventures, is a Rocky Mountain adventure not to be missed.

See you soon on the river!

PS  The 2019 season kicks offs on Saturday, May 18th.


Need directions? Check out our Calgary rafting trip planning page!