Rafting in the Canadian Rockies
Whitewater rafting outfitters based in Banff, Canmore, Golden and Jasper, offer rafting trips that range from the mild to the very wild.
Rafting around Banff
Bow River float trips offer a chance to enjoy the scenery well away from the highway and catch a glimpse of wildlife as they feed from the shores of the river. On this trip you don’t need to worry about getting wet or a face full of water spoiling the view.The Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River offers grade 3 and 4 whitewater rafting, making it the biggest whitewater close to Banff.
Rafting around Jasper
If you like gentle adventure, history as well scenery, try the Athabasca River, a Canadian Heritage River that runs through Jasper National Park.
In between navigating slow-moving water and small rapids, the guides tell tales of European explorers and fur-traders who used the Athabasca as a trading route.The Sunwapta River is often described as the best whitewater river in Jasper National Park. Several rafting companies in Jasper offer half-day trips on the river which combines gentle water and class 2 and 3 whitewater.
Rafting around Golden
Golden is the closest town to the Kicking Horse River which has some of the most exciting whitewater rafting in the Canadian Rockies.The Kicking Horse runs through Yoho National Park east of Golden and offers a gentle upper section followed by close to 22km of continuous class 2 to 4 whitewater in the middle and lower sections. Be prepared to get wet and paddle hard if you book a trip on the lower sections of Kicking Horse.
Rafting around Calgary & Canmore
Kananaskis River which runs through Kananaskis Provincial Park offers grade 2 to 3 rapids and makes a good half-day trip for families and novice paddlers.The rafting season on the Highwood River runs from late May to late June but its big whitewater make it a popular destination for adrenaline junkies. Situated just over an hour’s drive west of Calgary it offers grade 3 and 4 rapids through the canyons of the beautiful Kananaskis Country.
Tips: When booking, a whitewater rafting trip in the Canadian Rockies, chose a company registered with the BC River Outfitters Association.