12+
Age
May-Sep
Season

Combo Package; raft through exciting whitewater rapids through Horseshoe Canyon, then soar above Banff’s mountain peaks.

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

Kick off your day with exciting whitewater thrills on class 3-4 whitewater rapids through the spectacular Horseshoe Canyon on the Bow River, and try a scenic cliff jump if you dare! During the quiet stretches, lift your eyes skyward and see large birds of prey soaring above.

Included: 20 Minute Spirit Water Heli Flight (various times available)

COVID-19 UPDATE: Face masks are required during the onboarding process, safety training and in flight. 

The Spirit Water helicopter tour will take you further into the Rocky Mountains, soaring over Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in Banff National Park. Spirit Water was the name given to Lake Minnewanka by the Stoney Nakoda people because it was a sacred and spiritual area. Indigenous people long inhabited areas around Lake Minnewanka, dating back over 10,000 years.

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 Spirit Water Heli Flight for most people include the following:

1

20 Minute Flight

Fly  further into the Rocky Mountains, soaring over Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in Banff National Park.
2

Indigenous Culture

Especially designed with the local indigenous culture in mind, ‘Spirit Water’ was the name given to Lake Minnewanka by the Stoney Nakoda people because it was a sacred and spiritual area. Indigenous people long inhabited areas around Lake Minnewanka, dating back over 10,000 years.
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 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, male and female change tents and ample free parking.

The meeting point is at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge, located on Highway 1A approximately 25 minutes from Canmore and 45 minutes from Banff and Calgary. Detailed driving directions are included in your booking confirmation. There is ample free parking at the riverbase and you will brought back to your vehicle at the end of the tour.
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. If you have never rafted before or do not know how to swim, we recommend the Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting Tour, as the rapids and river are not as strong as the other tours.

You 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. Check out the Whitewater Rafting Rapid Classification Guide for more information: http://chinookrafting.com/plan-and-book/river-classifications/.

The tour is 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).
This is a 20 minute helicopter flight.
This helicopter flight takes you further into the Rocky Mountains, soaring over Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in Banff National Park.
The Heli Pad is located at the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino in Kananaskis, at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Kananaskis Trail. Detailed driving directions will be included in your booking confirmation.
You are required to arrive at the Heliplex 20 minutes prior to your scheduled flight time.
This depends on the type of helicopter available, it is up to five people plus the pilot so that everyone can sit by a window during your flight.
Please wear warm clothing with no loose articles. Zips, ties and belts on clothing must be secured.
Tours depend on weather conditions and must be confirmed the morning of the flight. In this situation we can reschedule or refund your booking.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 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 is 12 years and the minimum weight per person is 90lbs. If the guest is unaccompanied by an adult then the minimum age is 16 years old.
  • The maximum weight per person is 140kg (308lbs).
  • A waiver must be completed for both tours 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. This is especially important if you are bringing someone else’s child (under 18 years old).
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • No loose articles are permitted on the helicopter flight. Zips, ties and belts on clothing must be secured.
  • Helicopter flights depend on weather conditions and must be confirmed the morning of the flight.
  • Please note that the Horsehoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour requires a minimum of 8 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Get splashed by class 4 rafting rapids on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
Blue skies for whitewater rafting on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
Class 4 rapids on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
Rafting on the Horseshoe Canyon is perfect for groups in the Canadian Rockies