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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101 Golden Donald Upper Rd
Golden, British Columbia
The Kicking Horse River is renowned as the Whitewater Gem of the Canadian Rockies boasting British Columbia's and Alberta's biggest whitewater thrills.
2015 marks Alpine Rafting's 31st year on the Kicking Horse River. From our fleet of eye popping candy red rafts to our trip selection, we've spent the last 31 years honing the experience we provide.
Our team looks forward to spending a day on the river with you.
612 - 7th St N
Golden, British Columbia
Glacier Raft Company offers action packed, adrenaline filled whitewater rafting adventures, as well as relaxing, scenic family floats. We run trips on 3 different rivers from Golden.
The Kicking Horse River is the ultimate whitewater rafting destination in the Rocky Mountains, while the White River is a beautiful hidden gem. The Blaeberry River offers friendly family fun, so come join us and let Glacier Raft Company make your next rafting trip the best it can be!
4983 Hwy 93
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
The originals since 1976! Kootenay River Runners has been introducing adventurous travellers to the delights of river rafting in British Columbia. We've guided thousands down the Kicking Horse River, Kootenay, Columbia Rivers & Toby Creek. These rivers carve their way through some of the most impressive mountain landscapes in the Canadian Rockies. Whether your interests are challenging white water, wilderness & family rafting, or Voyageur Canoe Trips, each river offers a unique experience. Based in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, we also have facilities on the Kicking Horse River & Toby Creek. All trips are an easy drive from Calgary, Lake Louise, Golden, Fairmont Hot Springs, Panorama & Radium Hot Springs.
359 Meadow Creek Rd
Meadow Creek, British Columbia
Offering an unparalleled whitewater rafting experience in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies. Suitable for all abilities, these crystal waters wind through the breathtaking scenery of Goat Range Provincial Park, home to an abundance of wildlife.
We provide an expedition-quality experience in an accessible and affordable day trip. All trips include a riverside picnic lunch crafted with care from fresh local ingredients. Our office in Meadow Creek is an easy and scenic drive to the north end of Kootenay Lake. Here the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains come together to create the backdrop to your Lardeau River adventure. Meadow Creek is an easy day-trip from Kaslo, Nelson and Nakusp.
Join us and discover why we are The Kootenay Rockies Premier Adventure!
701 Lakeside Dr
Nelson, British Columbia
From June to mid-July, join us for an incredible whitewater experience down the Shenango Canyon. Class 3 and 4 Rapids and stunning scenery await.
From June to mid-September, you will enjoy the warm waters and beautiful scenery of the Slocan River. This trip starts with a relaxing float and finishes with fun and exciting Class 2 and 3 Rapids.
Or, paddle your own inflatable kayak. Our guides are with you the whole time and teach you everything you need to know.
We also offer a gentle float. 1.5 hours of gorgeous scenery and relaxation by raft.
Transportation is provided to and from Nelson on our funky and retro outfitted bus 'The Woody'. Photo service is offered, so you can show everyone you did it!
1509 Lafontaine Rd
Golden, British Columbia
Wet N' Wild Adventures offers unforgettable whitewater rafting on the world famous Kicking Horse River, on the western edge of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Divided into three, 10 km sections, the Kicking Horse River allows for a variety of rafting experiences, suitable for all ages. Choose from the family friendly, scenic float in the Upper Canyon, the thrilling class 4 rapids in the Lower Canyon or the Middle Canyon which is a combination of class 3 & 4 rapids; an exciting ride from start to finish. We have a trip to suit any age or level of experience! Raft & Stay packages available, accommodation provided by the McLaren Lodge.
Gift certificates available.