8+
Age
Jun-Sep
Season

Combo Package; raft along the family-friendly Kananaskis River, then take a horseback ride along the scenic Bow River.

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

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

Due to the pandemic there is a minimum booking number of 4 people per raft and a maximum of 7 per raft from one household or cohort family.

Included: 1 Hour Bow River Horseback Ride (various times available)

This popular Banff horseback ride takes you along the Bow River in Banff while watching for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular scenery. You’ll also ride past the natural sulphur hot springs flowing from the Cave & Basin – the original historic hot springs.

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

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 best parts of the Bow River Horseback Ride for most people include the following:

1

Bow River

Your horse will guide you along the tranquil Bow River – an area home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows, with unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains.
2

Cave & Basin Hot Springs

Pass by the historic Cave and Basin – the birth place of Banff National Park. Here craggy rock walls surround pools of bubbling thermal water.
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.

In 2020, you will be required to drive yourself and your party from our river base to the river.  This takes approximately 15 minutes. We’ll drop off your party at the start of the river, then you’ll drive 5 more minutes to the place where we finish our rafting. We’ll provide a shuttle for you to get back to the start of the river, then we’ll go enjoy the rapids all together.

This measure allows us to observe all physical-distancing requirements and helps us keep everyone safe and comfortable.  At Chinook, this is our primary concern!  It also means that your car and all your personal items are waiting for you at the end of the rafting trip, with no need to travel back to our base!

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 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.

In 2020, you will be required to drive yourself and your party from our river base to the river.  This takes approximately 15 minutes. We’ll drop off your party at the start of the river, then you’ll drive 5 more minutes to the place where we finish our rafting. We’ll provide a shuttle for you to get back to the start of the river, then we’ll go enjoy the rapids all together.

This measure allows us to observe all physical-distancing requirements and helps us keep everyone safe and comfortable.  At Chinook, this is our primary concern!  It also means that your car and all your personal items are waiting for you at the end of the rafting trip, with no need to travel back to our base!

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. This tour is ideal for anyone that has never rafted before or does not know how to swim, as the rapids and river are not as strong as the other tours. On the day please inform your guide if you are a non or weak swimmer.
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.
The tour is a one hour horseback ride. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour start time.
The tour is a one-hour horseback ride along the Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin site. You will be provided with a brief riding instruction, a helmet, a friendly horse, and lead and tail guides riding at each end of the small group.
Please meet at Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. When you arrive, please check-in for your ride at the office in the east barn which has signs for ‘Warner Stables’ and ‘office’. The stables are located approximately a five minute drive or a 20 minute walk from downtown Banff, and there is plenty of free parking at the site.

Please see the below map for the location of Warner Stables:

Horseback Riding Map of the Stables in Banff, Canadian Rockies

Please ensure that you arrive 30 minutes before the ride is scheduled to depart.
You must wear sturdy, closed toed shoes enclosed to the ankle and long pants are best for riding. Please note that sandals of any kind are not permitted. Helmets are provided and are mandatory for all riders and mosquito repellent is highly recommended.
No experience is necessary and if you’ve never been riding before then we’ll be sure to pair you with the perfect horse so you can enjoy a comfortable ride. Our guides will also provide a brief riding instruction prior to the ride.
Guests cannot bring a backpack on the horse.
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.
  • The minimum age for this package is 8 years and the minimum weight per person is 20kgs (40lbs). If the guest is unaccompanied by an adult then the minimum age is 16 years old for the whitewater rafting tour. All minors under 18 years old participating in a horse activity must have a parent or legal guardian on the ride with them.
  • The maximum weight per person is 230 lbs.
  • Every guest needs to sign a waiver form for both tours. Any guest under 18 years will also need a parent or guardian signature on the waiver form for the whitewater rafting tour and an emergency contact number if the Parent/Guardian is not joining them on the river.
  • Banff Trail Riders is committed to the health of our horses and the safety of our guests, which means that the minimum age and maximum weight requirements are strictly enforced. As part of the check-in process, guests may be required to confirm their current weight on a scale and provide proof of the child’s age. In the event that these requirements are not met, the booking will be forfeited without a refund.
  • Please note that children will not be paired with an adult – they must ride their own horse.
  • For our foreign visitors we require an understanding of basic English for our horseback rides, so that you can understand simple instructions from our guides.
  • For safety purposes helmets are mandatory to be worn by all riders.
  • Riders must wear sturdy closed toed shoes enclosed to the ankle – no open toe shoes or shoes with big heels.
  • All adult riders must sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any rider under the age of 18 (documentation may be required to confirm the signatory’s authority.
  • Riders must be physically capable of controlling the horse during the ride without assistance and for the health and safety of all riders we regrettably cannot accommodate any disabilities or special needs riders. We recognize that disabled riding is a unique and respected skill set that we at the barns do not have the appropriate equipment or skills to safely execute.
  • Please note that normally the Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour requires a minimum of 8 participants, and we ask guests to please call the day prior to confirm the tour. For the foreseeable future, the COVID-19 protocol is a minimum booking number of 4 people per raft with a maximum number of 7 per raft, including children, from one household or cohort family.
Take a scenic horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Learn how to raft with an instructional safety talk before the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
Scenic float section before rafting along the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
Family friendly rapids fun on the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
Rafting family day out with the children on the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
Your friendly guide will give you a brief riding instruction before your horseback ride with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Take a guided Banff horseback ride with your friendly guide with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Take a guided horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies
Ride into Banff's backcountry on a horseback trail ride from Warner Stables with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies