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Kicking Horse River
Kicking Horse River

Kicking Horse River

Free admission
Trans-Canada Highway, Golden, T0L 1E0

The Basics

The Kicking Horse River is divided into upper, middle, and lower canyons. Each section has tours at different difficulty levels, from gentle, family-friendly floats (typically departing from Banff) to adrenaline-inducing white-water rides (leaving from Golden). Choose an express adventure, or savor the beauty of the region on a full-day trip.

The Kicking Horse isn’t only for rafting enthusiasts. Running through Yoho National Park and along the Trans-Canada Highway, the river offers plenty of sightseeing, hiking, camping, and fly-fishing opportunities. And if you’re in Golden, check out the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, Canada’s longest freestanding timber-frame bridge.

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Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River
Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River
$92.52 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Exciting
Loved the whole experiance. First time white water rafting. Felt safe the entire time. Alex was an awesome guide.
Cale, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Banff

star-4
Excellent adventure for all!
Maureen_M, Aug 2021
Extreme Whitewater Rafting on Kicking Horse River
Great rafting trip with a very nice guide who was friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful scenery an awesome way to spend an afternoon.
star-5
super good
bo_x, Aug 2021
Kicking Horse Classic Whitewater Rafting
amazing team for experiencing rafting game in canada.will refer to friend to play.we had a lot of fun.
star-5
Great family fun.
Curiosity823423, Aug 2019
Extreme Whitewater Rafting on Kicking Horse River
Great family fun. Guides very easy going and very professional. Food was delicious. Highly recommended for first timers.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rafting trips include all necessary safety gear, including life jackets and helmets.

  • Don’t forget the sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunglass straps.

  • The white-water rafts aren’t accessible to wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

The Kicking Horse River is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in southeastern British Columbia. Most rafting trips depart from Golden or Banff, and some include hotel pickup and drop-off. There are several spots to view the river along the Trans-Canada Highway, which traverses Yoho National Park from Lake Louise to Golden.

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When to Get There

White-water and float trips on the Kicking Horse River run from June through early September and are weather-dependent. The Canadian Rockies are a popular tourist destination—visit before mid-June or after Labor Day to avoid the largest crowds. White-water tours often fill up quickly, so book in advance, especially if you have a large group.

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How the Kicking Horse River Got Its Name

During the Palliser Expedition of 1858 (the first detailed survey of western Canada), James Hector (the expedition doctor) was kicked in the chest by his packhorse while ascending the Continental Divide on the border between present-day Alberta and British Columbia. Kicking Horse Pass and Kicking Horse River were both named in memory of the incident.

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