12+
Age
May-Sep
Season

Combo Package; experience whitewater thrills and a cliff jump on the Bow River, then raft the family-friendly Kananaskis River.

For the health and safety of staff and guests, the following measures are in place:

  • Face masks are mandatory at the riverbase and on the shuttle, and the provided face shields must be worn on the shuttle and on the raft.
  • There is a minimum of two people per booking.
  • Rafts have a reduced capacity of 8 people on the Kananaskis River and 7 people on the Horseshoe Canyon, plus the guide, and a maximum of two groups per raft.
  • All equipment including rafts, paddles, buses, and wetsuits will be sanitized between uses.

Included: Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting (8:15am – 12:00pm)

In the morning, jump into a river raft and let the foamy rapids take you coursing swiftly through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Ride class 3-4 rapids on the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River and choose from two cliff jump heights – if you dare!

Included: Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting (1:30pm – 5:30pm)

In the afternoon, get splashed on the class 2 – 3 rapids along with pristine landscapes of Kananaskis Provincial Park. It’s the ideal rafting experience for families, friends or as a group outing and you’ll have a chance to play surfing the waves and swimming in the river alongside the raft.

Tours in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.

The best parts of the Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour for most people include the following:

1

1.5 - 2 Hours on the Bow River

Enjoy up to two hours rafting through shale canyons and awesome whitewater, surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The River Class is 3 – 4 and offers spectacular scenery and big waves.
2

Optional cliff jump and swim

A medium or big cliff jump for the adventurous during the float section.
3

Everything is provided!

The tour includes free professional photos, equipment, professional guides, instruction and facilities.

The best parts of the Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour for most people include the following:

1

1.5 - 2 Hours on the Kananaskis River

Enjoy up to two hours rafting through the picturesque landscape of Kananaskis Country, surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The River Class is 2 – 3 and ideal for families and first timers.
2

Optional river swim

There is a scenic float to the finish where you can swim and splash in the water.
3

Everything is provided!

The tour includes free professional photos, equipment, professional guides, instruction and facilities.
The tour starts at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge at 8:15am (meet time 8:10am) and finishes at 12pm, approximately 4 hours. This includes a short drive to the river and 1.5 to 2 hours on the water.
The tour includes 1.5 – 2 hours on the river (including a 20 minute float to finish up), a professional river guide with each boat, an optional cliff jump (with two heights to choose from), free professional photos, and light refreshment and snacks. All safety equipment including clean and dry wetsuits, wetsuit booties, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket and a helmet is provided. The tour winds through scenic views of the front range of the Rocky Mountain Ranges and occasionally we see wildlife such as osprey, bald eagles, deer and bears.

The Nakoda Lakeside Lodge has clean port-a-potties, male and female change tents and ample free parking.

The tour starts at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge at 1:30pm (meet time 1:15pm) and finishes at 5:30pm, approximately 4 hours. This includes a short drive to the river and 1.5 to 2 hours on the water.
The tour includes 1.5 – 2 hours on the river (including a 20 minute river float to finish up), a professional river guide with each boat, an optional river swim and free professional photos. All safety equipment including clean and dry wetsuits, wetsuit booties, fleece, spray jacket, life jacket and a helmet is provided. The tour winds through scenic views of the front range of the Rocky Mountain Ranges and occasionally we see wildlife such as osprey, bald eagles, deer and bears. The Nakoda Lakeside Lodge has clean port-a-potties and ample free parking.
The meeting point is at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge, located on Highway 1A approximately 45 minutes from Banff. Detailed driving directions will be provided in your booking confirmation, and there is ample free parking at the lodge.
Please wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring warm clothes, a face mask, hand sanitizer and a towel in a bag for after the tour. We also suggest bringing a toque or hat for colder days, to wear under the helmet. Your belongings can be stored in the bus or your own car while you are on the river.

You can wear sunglasses/glasses as long as these are secured with a strap or piece of string, and contact lenses are usually okay if you are comfortable swimming with them and tell your guide. Sunscreen is great on a hot day for any areas not covered by the wetsuit, but avoid putting it above or near your eyes. You can bring your own waterproof camera or GoPro which can be secured with your own chest harness or on a helmet with a GoPro mount, but we are not responsible for loss or damage of your equipment.

Anything else! It isn’t recommended to bring your camera and rafters aren’t permitted to wear their own wetsuit or to wear anything that could cause a hazard while on the tour.
When you are making your reservation please let the agent know and they will check with the rafting team. On the day please bring any medication you may need and inform your guide of any medical conditions.
No rafting experience is necessary, and we provide a Professional River Guide with each boat who will explain and demonstrate paddle, safety and emergency techniques. This includes dryland safety instructions and practicing paddling on the river before the waves.

Guests should be physically fit and have a reasonable swimming ability in order to participate in both tours.

On the Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour will go through class 3 & 4 rapids during your tour, which is ideal for adventure lovers. This is a moderate trip, exciting but not difficult. The Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour will go through class 2 & 3 rapids during your tour, which is ideal for families and first time rafters. Check out the Whitewater Rafting Rapid Classification Guide for more information: http://chinookrafting.com/plan-and-book/river-classifications/.

The tours are run by Chinook Rafting who have been operating whitewater rafting tours as a licensed company in the province of Alberta since 1983 and all of the rafting guides are trained in Swiftwater Rescue and First Aid & CPR. What this means for you is that they are confident that they can manage, not eliminate, the risks today to offer you an exciting and fun day on the river, creating as safe a framework as they can, given what we are doing. However, it is important to remember that we are not on a track, this isn’t Disneyland!  The fact that we’re not on a track adds excitement to what we’re doing, but it also adds inherent risks.

There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 24 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
  • Tours in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
  • The minimum age for the package is 12 years and the minimum weight per person is 90 lbs. If the guest is unaccompanied by an adult then the minimum age is 16 years old.
  • The maximum weight per person is 350 lbs.
  • A waiver must be completed prior to each rafting trip and is a condition of participation, this will be sent through upon booking. In addition, a Parental Consent form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any child under the age of 18 years prior to arrival at the riverbase. This is especially important if you are bringing someone else’s child (under 18 years old) rafting.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • Please note that these tours require a minimum of 8 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tours.
Big hit on the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
Blue skies for whitewater rafting on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
Get splashed by class 4 rafting rapids on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
Scenic float section before rafting along the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
Family friendly rafting rapids on the Kananaskis River in the Rockies
Rafting family day out with the children on the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
Children love rafting the Kananaskis River rapids in the Canadian Rockies