Premier Listings: Whitewater Rafting: Kootenay Rockies

The Kicking Horse River cuts a wild swath through the Yoho Valley before spilling through a narrow stretch of canyon east of Golden. Along the way it displays both a gentle and a ferocious side, offering the most popular and exciting river adventure in the Canadian Rockies on one of Canada’s premier white water rivers.

The combination of wild whitewater, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife makes rafting the Kicking Horse River a thrilling adventure of a lifetime.

Because river rafting can be quite physically demanding, it’s good to have calm stretches of water where you can relax while admiring the breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery before plunging back into Class IV+ rapids. Rafting trips can also be extended to a 2-day overnight trip, combining 2 days of thrilling white water for a unique wilderness experience, or combined with horse riding or mountain biking trips for a full day of outdoor activity.

 
One of the most popular sections of the river runs for about 12 miles (20 km) west of the Crozier Bridge. Popular put-in locations are at the intersection of Beaverfoot Road and Hwy 1, and at Hunter Creek’s confluence with the Kicking Horse River beside Hwy 1. To experience the power of this whitewater, contact one of the local outfitters based in Golden.

As an introduction to rafting, calmer scenic floats in the area – some with just a taste of whitewater – allow meandering trips through the breathtaking scenery of the upper Kicking Horse River or a relaxing guided canoe float on the bird watching paradise of the Columbia River.

Further to the east, the Nahatlatch River, Fraser River, and Thompson River are all justifiably well known for their river rafting experiences. Of the three, the Fraser and Thompson are more prominent, though not necessarily more challenging than the Nahatlatch. In fact, the Nahatlatch provides more excitement in its varied run than either of the others. Both the Thompson and the Nahatlatch flow into the Fraser within a short distance of each other.

The season begins in May, once water levels become manageable. The later in summer you try the Nahatlatch, the better your chances of being able to run the narrow Nahatlatch Canyon, a Class IV-V mind-altering experience. Although its entirely possible to run these rivers unaccompanied, the majority of paddlers opt for the services of a certified guide, at least the first time.

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Alpine Rafting
101 Golden Donald Upper Road Golden BC V0A 1H0 P.O. Box 1272 Golden BC V0A 1H0 Home Phone: 250-344-6778Home Phone: 1-888-599-5299Visit Website

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COMPLIMENTARY RUSTIC RIVERSIDE CAMPING. Join Alpine Rafting on the Kicking Horse River this summer! The Kicking Horse is renowned as the Whitewater Gem of the Canadian Rockies, boasting BC and Alberta’s Biggest Whitewater Thrills for all levels: from our Family Packages to the longest continuous whitewater in the Canadian Rockies. 2014 marks Alpine Rafting’s 30th season on the Kicking Horse River.

We are a committed team who consistently give our guests 5-star adventures. From our fleet of eye-popping candy-red rafts to our trip selection, we’ve spent the last 30 years honing the experience we provide. The Kicking Horse River has something for everyone. We look forward to spending a day on the river with you.

Alpine Rafting Campsite offers rustic riverside camping available for all of our rafters, located 25 minutes east of Golden. If you are a hearty, seasoned camper, and don’t want to be bound by the rules of a traditional campsite, we have the answer for you.

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Hydra River Guides
2936 Kicking Horse Road (off Beaverfoot Road) Golden BC Mailing Address: PO Box 778 Banff Alberta T1L 1A8 Home Phone: 403-762-4554Home Fax: 403-760-3196Work Phone: 1-800-644-8888Visit Website

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Hydra River Guides has been introducing guests to the thrills of whitewater rafting since 1986. The Kicking Horse River boasts big waves, continuous rapids and a guaranteed good time! With rapids up to class 4, the Kicking Horse River will surely satisfy the spirit of adventure in everyone.

Whether you choose from the popular Kicking Horse Classic trip, the Ultimate Whitewater Adventure on the upper and lower canyon, or the Mild Whitewater Adventure, Hydra River Guides is sure to have a trip that suits your ability and budget. Special Packages include Raft and Ride, for those who want to enjoy a leisurely horseback trail ride in Banff followed by a rafting trip down the Kicking Horse River, Raft & ATV, Raft & Zip, or Raft, Skydive & ATV, for those looking to combine three thrilling adventures.

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Nipika Mountain Resort
9200 Settlers Road Kootenay National Park BC Office & Mailing Address RR#3, 4968 Timbervale Place Invermere BC V0A 1K3 Home Phone: 250-342-6516Home Fax: 250-342-0516Work Phone: 1-877-647-4525Visit Website

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Simply Spectacular, Spectacularly Simple! Enjoy Canada’s most beautiful wilderness in luxury timber-frame or log cabins in the heart of the B.C. Rocky Mountains, beside Kootenay National Park – the perfect spot to get away from it all. Come hiking, biking, rafting, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, or just sit back on the porch and do nothing. Life is Short – Play Hard

All of our rustic rocky mountain log cabins are luxuriously appointed with full kitchens, plush beds, and cozy chairs for curling up by the fireplace with a book. The eco-cabins are hand built right on site from the surrounding forest.

Book your wedding, family reunion, corporate retreat, or special event at Nipika. The eco resort features a conference centre, dining hall, and catering service. Request our information packages about customized wedding and corporate programs.

We’re pet friendly too, so bring your whole family! All furry pals are invited to join in your Nipika adventures.

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