Classic Rafting Trip


Hydra River Guides/ Banff Adventures

This unforgettable journey begins calmly, allowing rafters to familiarize themselves with the raft, paddles and guides commands. Enjoy the serene upper section of the Kicking Horse River before heading into the mighty rapids of the middle canyon. As the Canyon narrows, the waves build, taking rafters on white water journey through class 4 rapids, finishing 20km downstream! This trip is perfect for the first time rafter.

What you can expect

Your rafting trip includes all river rafting gear (wetsuit, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket, neoprene booties and helmet), BBQ lunch, drinks, dessert and instruction.

Meet at Hydra River Base for your designated tour time. Enjoy 2 - 2.5 hours of Kicking Horse River time before heading back to the Hydra rafting base to enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch and view a slide show of your rafting photos!
The morning trip (AM) will enjoy lunch after their rafting trip. The afternoon trip (PM) will enjoy lunch before their rafting trip (at 1pm).


4 hours


  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Dry bag
  • Dry change of clothes

Dietary requirements

  • Please inform upon booking of any allergies or dietary requirements. There are vegetarian options available

Weather requirements

  • Dress appropriately for the days weather and be prepared to get wet


  • Raft orientation
  • Practice maneuvers on the river and guide commands
  • Enjoy a mix of calm and mighty rapids
  • Canyon narrows with class 4 rapids
  • Finishing 20km downstream!
  • Delicious BBQ lunch provided


  • This trip is perfect for first time rafters and no previous rafting experience is necessary
  • Transport is available for the 9:15am trip from Banff and Lake Louise for an additional cost
  • Hydra has a dedicated photographer and photos will be available for purchase
  • 8 rafters plus a river guide in each raft
  • Trips run rain or shine

Meet location

Hydra River Base - 2936 Kicking Horse Road, Golden, BC

Driving directions

  • Drive times: Calgary - 3 Hours, Lake Louise - 40 minutes, Banff - 1.25 Hours, Radium Hot Springs - 1.25 Hours, Revelstoke, BC - 2 hours, Kamloops, BC - 4.5 Hours
  • Driving Directions from Calgary / Banff / Lake Louise - Travel west on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy #1) past Banff and past the Lake Louise turnoff. Keep on the highway and you will pass a town called Field, approx 20 minutes after field you will leave Yoho National Park. Take the next right turn onto Beaver Foot Road (via underpass, off hwy). Look for Hydra signage. Cross over railway tracks and then over a bridge. Turn right onto Kicking Horse Road. Our site is the first driveway on the right, past the cabins with red roofs. Look for the Hydra sign.
  • Driving Directions from Golden - Take Hwy #1 East from Golden. Base located approximately 25 kms or 20 minutes from Golden. Look for a right hand turn called Beaver Foot Road. (A gravel road to your right). Turn right down Beaver Foot Road. Cross over railway tracks and then over a bridge. At the first intersection, turn right onto "Kicking Horse Rd". Our site is the first driveway on the right, past the cabins with the red roofs. Look for the Hydra sign.*Don't forget: Golden is on Mountain Standard Time (same as Alberta)
  • Hydra River Base Location, 2936 Kicking Horse Road, Golden, BC.(Take Beaverfoot Road exit off Hwy 1).Please enter Beaverfoot Road as the destination (Not Kicking Horse Road) if you a using Google maps or a GPS



  • Minimum Age - 12 years old
  • Minimum weight - 90lbs

Cancellation / Refund

  • Cancel up to 48 hours prior to trip and get a full refund

When can I book this activity?

Available dates

Available days and times

You can book this activity at the following times:


Number of guests allowed

No limit on guests number


  • Prices do not include tax or $3 River Fee
  • Prices include wetsuits, neoprene booties & gloves, wool sweaters, spray jackets, life jackets, and helmets
  • All prices quoted are based on current 2016 rates and may be subject to change for the 2017 season

Regular rate

Adult (aged 19 – 64) $125.00 CAD
Youth (aged 12 – 18) $125.00 CAD

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