About us

We are the original white water rafting company in Western Canada, we just turned 41 as a matter of fact but we don’t feel like that. We are a bunch of young spirited, nature loving, passionate, outdoor enthusiasts who love spending their days rafting the rivers, creating memories of excitement and joy. Our employee’ average age is below 30 and our combined years of guiding experience is grater than a century. We truly love what we do and can’t wait to take you on the river so that you may understand what makes us so passionate about our jobs! After the trip we’re sure you’ll be back again for more white water thrills!

We raft on three of the best white water rivers in British Columbia. We offer trips from mild to wild, the perfect white water rafting experience for any outdoor adventurer. We have dedicated teams of river professionals on each 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. Kootenay River Runners also was the first to commercially raft on the beautiful Kootenay River as well as Toby Creek. 

Rafting the Rockies is an easily accessible activity for visitors staying in areas throughout southeast BC and southwest Alberta: Golden, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs, Banff, Lake Louise, Calgary… and a great destination for US visitors from Washington State, Idaho and Montana..


The Originals Since 1976


In the mid 70’s, Kootenay River Runners we were the first to introduce adventurous travelers toold_paper
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 your interests are challenging whitewater rafting, or tablesawlgfamily rafting, each river offers a unique rafting experience.

Our Kicking Horse River base camp is based in Golden while our Toby Creek base camp is conveniently located at Panorama Mountain Resort. The Kootenay River Runners head office is located in Radium Hot Springs, B.C. All of our rafting trips are within easy driving distances from Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Fairmont Hot Springs, Panorama, Invermere and Radium Hot Springs. We’re also just a few hours north of the U.S. border. 

We consider it our privilege to take our guests out on whitewater rafting trips.

Safety and Experience Count!

Here at Kootenay River Runners we are all about having fun but we equally focus on safety and quality. Our international guides come back year after year 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!