RAFTING TRIPS - Kicking Horse River


Kicking Horse River

This rafting trip, covering a distance of 22 km, offers the wildest whitewater ride in the BC rockies.  The Kicking Horse river drops about 50feet every km and we are in for the thrills and chills along the way. The trip starts at our Kicking Horse River Basecamp located just west of Yoho National Park Boundary, 24 km east of Golden. We offer rafting trips every day at 12pm and also at 9am on Saturdays.

Please arrive 20min prior to your trip at our basecamp.

(See directions to Kicking Horse river basecamp).

The Basecamp and Kicking Horse River Rafting is easily accessible from Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs and Invermere.


In the upper canyon, the rafting starts out slowly, then picks up until you’re getting drenched in continuous class III to IV rapids. You won’t forget rafting Portage, Shotgun, Last Waltz and all the other amazing rapids along the way. It’s one of the best rafting trips in BC for the outdoor adventurer.

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Upper Canyon + Middle Canyon Twice = Ultimate

Kicking Horse River

Rafting 32 km of amazing white water on every rapid the Kicking Horse has to offer equals the Ultimate Kicking Horse rafting trip! We are currently unable to raft the Lower Canon of the Kicking Horse river therefore we will do a Double Whitewater trip whereby we re-run the continuous Class III and IV section of the middle canyon giving you another round on Ultimate whitewater! It takes approximately another 1.5 hours to raft this section, giving you lot’s of time to play in the rapids.



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White Water Trips on the Kicking Horse River with a delicious Barbecue Lunch

Upon arrival you will be greeted by our guides at our private launch site on the shores of the river. We serve lunch right at noon prior to your rafting adventure or if you are going at 9:00am upon your return. Kick back and enjoy a delicious barbecue steak, BBQ chicken or veggie option in the comfort of our large covered “deck with a view” and soak in the majestic skyline of Yoho National Park.  Or you can skip lunch but everyone should still be at our basecamp for 11:45am (or 8:45am on Saturday morning trips).

Your spectacular day on the river begins in the Upper Kicking Horse where there’s time to practice all the commands that your guide will teach you. The river flows gently at first, giving each guide time to know his crew, and the crew time to get comfortable in the raft.

Waves build as the canyon begins to narrow, and the rapids of the mighty Middle Kicking Horse River begin. Your 22km trip will serve up whitewater from Class II to IV! Rapids like Portage, Shotgun, Roller Coaster, Twin Towers and Last Waltz are what make the Kicking Horse the best whitewater trip in the Rockies. And with experienced and talented guides at the helm of each boat you will ride the exciting whitewater and feel the power of the mighty Kicking Horse River!

We Provide

  • Waivers
  • Wet Suits
  • Fleece Sweaters on cold days
  • Spray Jackets
  • Helmets
  • River Shoes
  • Licensed Professional Guides
  • Professional Photographer
  • On-Site Private Facility (Kicking Horse Basecamp)

Please Bring

  • Bathing Suit
  • Towel

Please DO NOT Bring

  • Jewellery & Valuables
  • Cameras (unless waterproof)

Safety and Experience Count!

At Kootenay River Runners our focus is safety and quality, and our record speaks for us. Our guides come back year after year. They are Trip Leaders with years of white water experience, and they are all certified in swift water rescue and wilderness first aid. They are knowledgeable about the area and are passionate about what they do. We know that they well make your river experience unforgettable.


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Our guest have the option of camping for free at our beautiful Kicking Horse basecamp the night prior to their rafting adventure. This package is offered exclusively to our rafting guests. Our Kicking Horse trips start right at the Basecamp, so sleeping in is a definite option! For supplies or a night out, Golden is just 15 minutes away.

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Did you know?

Kootenay River Runners made the first descent of the Kicking Horse river in 1980 (See the Golden Star, Wednesday May 21, 1980) and we knew we were on to something great! Since that day we have taken over 200,000 people down the Kicking Horse River, and thousands more on our other rivers. Spend a day with us and you’ll understand what makes us so passionate about our jobs; we’re sure you’ll be back again for more white water thrills!