River rafting, Kicking Horse River
(Darryl Leniuk/Masterfile photo)

Kootenay Rockies

River Rafting

Rafting (Reo Rafting Resort/Ryan Robinson photo)

Rafting (Reo Rafting Resort/Ryan Robinson photo)

River rafting in the Kootenay Rockies ranges from smooth leisurely floats down meandering rivers, to the white-knuckle excitement of class IV whitewater rapids.

Incredible mountains provide a scenic backdrop for half-, full-, or multi-day trips down the region's numerous rivers. Thrill seekers are drawn to Kicking Horse River, but guided tours are also available at Kootenay, Bull, Elk, and Columbia rivers.

River Rafting in the Kootenay Rockies

Many river rafting operators in the Kootenay Rockies are located in or near the region's many outdoor adventure communities like Golden, where a rafting excursion can be combined with a day of mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, hiking, or relaxing in natural mineral hot springs.

Kicking Horse River is the most popular river rafting area in the region, and is designated a Canadian Heritage River due to its geographic and historic importance. Glacier-fed from the Rocky Mountains, it flows through Yoho National Park before its eventual confluence with the Columbia River.

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