RAFTING TRIPS - Kootenay River

Full Day Trip

Kootenay River

pedley_front_largeThe Kootenay River offers up the best family whitewater rafting trip in the Canadian Rockies and includes a morning snack and our traditional riverside rafting lunch. Great for kids as young as five and everyone else.

Raft Class 2 and 3 rapids on this superior family rafting adventure. The Kootenay River is the best way to immerse yourself in the British Columbian Wilderness. Our one day rafting trip is a delightful 45 km frolic down the more spirited stretches of the Kootenay River. Featuring boisterous whitewater, exquisite Canadian Rockies scenery, and the chance of seeing wildlife following the River from Kootenay National Park.

We depart from our Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia office at 9:00am and return by 5:00pm. Please arrive at our office 30min prior to your trip. Our Radium office is just 25 minutes north of Fairmont Hot Springs. If you are driving from Banff, Alberta, you will love the 1.5 hour drive through Kootenay National Park. Driving from Lake Louise, Alberta will also take you through the amazing Kootenay National Park and will take 1 hour to arrive at our office. (All of our times listed are MST)

Kids: 5 – 14 years of age

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Half Day Trip

Kootenay River


A shortened version of the Full Day Kootenay River rafting adventure, this rafting trip takes you on a swift and lively 18km stretch of the Kootenay River. We serve riverside snacks of pastries, meat, cheese, crackers and hot & cold drinks on this morning excursion. Trips leave from our Radium office at 9:00 A.M. and returns by 1:30 P.M.

Please arrive at our Radium office 20min prior to your trip. 

Just 25 minutes from Fairmont Hot Springs and 1.5 hours from Banff!

Kids: 5 – 14 years of age

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…a nice blend of beautiful scenery and exciting rapids!

It was the perfect BC rafting trip – a nice blend of beautiful scenery, gentle floating and exciting rapids. My parents (both in their 70’s) loved it. One of my best memories was hearing my mom scream in excitement as we roared through a set of rapids. I was a little concerned that my 11 year old son was just going to find it too tame but he too was blown away by the trip. It worked for all 11 of us. No one was bored and no one was terrified! We are looking forward to rafting with you again down one of the other rivers.”

“Thanks again.”

Kevin W. Calgary, Alberta

We Provide

  • Rain pants and rain jacket
  • PFD
  • Wet Suits for younger children
  • Waterproof storage bags
  • Spray Jackets
  • River shoes
  • Lunch for Full Day Trip
  • Midmorning snack on Half Day and Full Day Trips

Please Bring

  • Warm Jacket or Sweater (Fleece is good)
  • Sun Hat and Sun Screen
  • Water bottle (optional)
  • Camera


Safety and Experience Count!

Kootenay River Runners has been providing unforgettable white water rafting trips since 1976, our focus is safety and quality, and our record speaks for itself. 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 will make your river experience unforgettable.


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 250,000 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! Spend a day with us and we’re sure you’ll be back again for more white water thrills!

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Did you know?

Daryl, the founder of Kootenay River Runners, was the first person to white water raft down the Kicking Horse River in May of 1980.