Kicking Horse River Rafting
The glacier fed water of the Kicking Horse River that flows past the
town of Field has shaped the valley since the time of the ice age. As
the river travels westward towards the town of Golden and the Columbia
River, it gains in strength and size to offer world class whitewater rafting.
By traveling thirty five minutes from Field on the Trans Canada Highway
one can conveniently access the premier location for river rafting in
the Canadian Rockies.
- Photo courtesy of Glacier Raft Company
Over thousands of years the Kicking Horse river has carved a mountainous
canyon where it breaks free from the Canadian Rockies to join the Columbia
River. In the summer the Kicking Horse River swells, offering a true river
rafting adventure. Family rafting trips are available, as well as relaxing
scenic floats down the Kicking Horse River. These professionally guided
rafting trips will give you a chance to see the rugged mountain beauty
from a unique perspective. This is a perfect opportunity to spot wildlife
such as bald eagles, bears, and mountains goats.
For the adventurous, river rafting on the Kicking Horse is much more
about white water than scenic beauty. By the time towering canyon walls
rise above you on both sides, class 2 and 3 rapids will have turned to
a raging class 4+ torrents. You’ll instead be focused on the gigantic
standing waves before you and the directions your rafting guide is shouting.
Four kilometers (2.5 miles) of class 4+ action on the Kicking Horse River
gives you plenty of time to get your hair wet and your heart pumping.
- Photo courtesy of Hydra River Guides
For those who are not experienced white water travelers, there are certified
companies that will provide the equipment and expert guidance that will
make it possible for you to safely experience the thrills of white water
rafting. Half or full day whitewater rafting trips down the Kicking Horse
River are provided at reasonable prices.
- Photo courtesy of Alpine Rafting
Certified guiding companies that offer whitewater rafting trips on the
Kicking Horse River usually set up camp just west of Yoho National Park.
Some of these companies also offer shuttle services between Field and
the river camps. For day trips food services are usually available so
you don’t have to pack a lunch.
Rafting season generally begins in June and extends till late August,
depending on river levels. For more information on whitewater rafting
the Kicking Horse River, and how to make a reservation, consult the list
of guide companies below.