Kootenay Rockies
Kicking Horse River Rafting Adventure for Beginners Including Lunch

Kicking Horse River Rafting Family Adventure

Golden, Canada
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Brave the fun but relatively calm waters of the Kicking Horse River on this rafting expedition, catered specifically for families with younger children. Join your guide on the leisurely Class 1 and Class 2 rapids found along a stretch of this premier rafting river, before taking a break for a BBQ lunch and some beach volleyball. Your excursion also includes all rafting equipment plus an optional hotel pickup and drop-off from Canmore, Banff or Lake Louise. Please note: This is a family trip for families with children aged 8 - 11 years.
  • Mild river-rafting family adventure on the Kicking Horse River near Banff
  • Experience the premier rafting river in the Canadian Rockies
  • Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you paddle through Class II and III rapids with your guide
  • Play some beach volleyball and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch
  • Perfect activity for families with children 8-11 years, and those seeking a calmer rafting experience

What's Included

  • All river-rafting equipment
  • Certified guide
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Photos of your adventure are available for purchase

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hydra River Guides
    River Base - rafting location, 2936 Kicking Horse Rd, Golden, BC V0A 1H0, Canada

    Meeting Place: Hydra River Guides - River Base: 2936 Kicking Horse Road, Golden, BC

Start time

09:15 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Sample Lunch Menu
• Choice of main dish: Alberta angus beef or vegetarian burger on a fresh-baked bun
• Assorted salads
• Chocolate brownie dessert
• Hot and cold drinks

Kicking Horse River

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hydra River Guides

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must weigh at least 50 lbs (23 kg) to participate
  • Stroller accessible
  • This trip is reserved for families with children ages 8 to 11
  • Your trip includes all river-rafting gear: wetsuit, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket, neoprene booties and helmet. It is recommended that you bring a towel and swimsuit.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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41 reviews
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OUR guide was excellent and we had a...
David M, Sep 2017
OUR guide was excellent and we had a lot of fun. The only draw back was the lack of photos. Other sites have go pros for rent but kicking horse does not.
When I booked this tour I thought it...
Kerry B, Jul 2016
When I booked this tour I thought it was a float, so when we arrived to find that it was real rapids we were a little apprehensive. However the whole adventure was fantastic and we all thought this was probably the highlight of our holiday and there were lots of highlights. All the staff were amazing, from the bus driver who was also the photographer to the raft guide. The equipment was all good quality and the lunch was delicious. I would definitely recommend this for anyone wanting an exciting and fun day. Our group consisted of my husband who is nearly 70, myself a bit younger, my 30 daughter and son-in-law. We had in our raft a 14 year old and a 16 year old and we all managed really well with the expert instructions from our fantastic guide Eric. An amazing day.
Great fun. Guide was superb...
Karen R, Aug 2015
Great fun. Guide was superb. Highlight of the holiday for my children!
Possibly my fault but i had no idea...
arehman.rajhi, Jul 2014
Possibly my fault but i had no idea this was 1 hour and 45mts driving distance away from my hotel. I booked this as a Banff visit - actually had I known exactly where this was I would have booked it when I was staying at Lake Louise which was much closer. Nevertheless - we got up early and drove 120km into BC for this. Excellent guide, preparation and equipment - only regret was I felt slightly unsatisfied after the event - 1 hour long ride 9which is sufficient) but only to the tail end we see some Class 3 rapids and suddenly it is over. Trip could have been more balanced interim of Class 1, 2 and 3 rapids.