About us

Experience brings with it something special, something that our guides take and are able to pass onto our guests.  Founded in 1976, Kootenay River Runners made the first descent of the Kicking Horse River in 1980 and became the first commercial rafting outfit on this river, as well as Toby Creek and Kootenay River. Founding owners Daryl and Linda, of Kootenay River Runners were the first people ever to raft down the Kicking Horse River section called Portage and Shotgun. In fact, we are actually are the original whitewater rafting company in Western Canada… we just turned 42, although the rivers keep us young.

We raft on three of the best whitewater rivers in British Columbia. We offer trips from mild to wild, the perfect whitewater rafting experience for any outdoor adventurer. We have dedicated teams of river professionals on each river to help maximize the experience you have on the water. Not only will you learn about raft safety but they also know a fact or 2 about each of the rivers that you raft on.

Rafting the Rockies is an easily accessible activity for visitors staying in areas throughout southeast BC and southwest Alberta such as Golden, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs, Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary as well as a great vacation for people coming up from the States.

The Originals Since 1976

Kootenay River Runners we were the first to introduce adventurous travellers to the delights of whitewater rafting. When Kootenay River Runners made the first descent of the Kicking Horse river in 1980 (See the Golden Star, Wednesday May 21, 1980), we knew we were on to something great! Since then we’ve guided over 250,000 rafting guests down the Kicking Horse River and thousands more on Kootenay River and Toby Creek. These rivers carve their way through some of the most impressive mountain landscapes in the B.C. Canadian Rockies. Whether you’re looking for that adrenaline rush or maybe more of a scenic family friendly experience, we have a river that will suit your needs.

Safety and Experience Count!

Here at Kootenay River Runners we are all about having fun… but we equally focus on safety and quality. Our guides are trained thoroughly; as well as certified in swim water rescue and wilderness first aid. They get to know the rivers inside and out so they can provide you with an experience that will leave you with memories for years to come. We also update our gear regularly for not only safety but comfort also.