Ultimate Rafting Trip


Hydra River Guides/ Banff Adventures

Raft the big rapids on the Kicking Horse River! Starting with calmer rapids on the upper canyon, you can get to know your fellow rafters while enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Kicking Horse Canyon. Then it's on to the thrill of the big middle canyon rapids with Portage and Shotgun. With the Double Whitewater trip we do the class 4 section of whitewater twice! It's double the fun.

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 a delicious BBQ lunch before embarking on a 3 hour journey navigating the Kicking Horse River rapids.

You will start on the gentle upper canyon, where you can get to know your fellow rafters and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Kicking Horse Canyon. Then it's on to the thrill of the middle canyon with the Class 4 rapids of Portage and Shotgun.This is the most popular stretch of whitewater on the river. But if you think the fun ends there, you're mistaken! The middle section of class 4 rapids is so awesome, you do it twice! You can change spots in the boat and your guide takes a different line down the rapids, so the 2nd time around is just as fun as the first!


5.5 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
  • Longest sustained class 4 and 4+ rapids in Western Canada
  • Finishing 20km downstream
  • Riverside BBQ lunch


  • No experience is necessary for this trip
  • Best suited to those looking for a day trip from Banff, Lake Louise, Revelstoke and Calgary
  • Hydra has a dedicated photographer and photos will be available for purchase
  • 8 rafters plus a river guide in each raft
  • No transport available for this trip
  • Trips run rain or shine

Meet location

Hydra River Base located on the banks of the Kicking Horse River

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

Minimum of 1 guest


  • 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 16 – 70) $164.00 CAD

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