Float Tours and Whitewater Rafting

It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran rafter or a complete whitewater newbie. Banff is home to rivers that serve up a thrilling mix of rapids suitable for all skill levels. Ultimately, it comes down to how big of an adrenaline hit you’re looking for.

Looking for a gentle river tour where you can just relax and enjoy the scenery? Try a scenic one hour Float Trip on the Bow River located just outside Banff National Park.

Want to experience the thrill of the rapids but short on precious vacation time, or driving from Calgary? The Kananaskis River and Horseshoe Canyon rapids are the closest and only 45 minutes from Banff or Calgary. Enjoy paddling without the fear factor along the Kananaskis River – a top rafting pick for novices and families thanks to its Class II and III rapids. Want a more intense experience? Ramp up the adrenaline with an optional cliff jump and Class IV rapids on the Horseshoe Canyon rafting trip.

Travel further and raft the raging Kicking Horse River, this will push your pulse rate into triple digits with its Class I to IV rapids – guaranteed to drench and delight in equal measure.

Highlights

  • Choose between family-friendly rivers, waves or roaring rapids depending on your experience level and confidence
  • Mountain views provide a stunning backdrop to your rafting experience
  • A professional river guide accompanies each boat
  • Free photos are included, so you can take home a reminder of your adventure (Kananaskis & Horseshoe Canyon Rivers)
Canmore Activities

Float Trips

A gentle one hour float trip through stunning glacial blue waters, towering mountain peaks and diverse wildlife along the Bow River in Canmore. Located on the outskirts of Banff National Park in Canmore, your guide will gently float you through this inspiring landscape. Sit back, relax and soak it all in, as the stories and local history of the Canadian Rockies captivates your imagination. With no experience required, this family friendly tour is perfect for all ages, abilities and adventure levels as your experienced guide takes care of everything for you. This guided float tour highlights the very best of the Canadian Rockies - a truly signature experience of your stay here.
per person
May-Sep
9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
1 Hour
Chinook Rafting Kananaskis River
Family Fun

Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting

You'll get splashed by the frothy swells of the rushing river but it won’t wash the smile off your face on this family fun rafting tour for ages 5 - 85! The Kananaskis River is one heck of a ride - the foamy white rapids lift your raft skyward, you shake the water from your eyes and paddle with all your might as the river surges around you. Plotting a course through the best rapids and cruising swiftly down the flat stretches in between, you’ll have peaceful moments to look up and admire the Kananaskis Country scenery. You are completely in the moment - immersed in the thrill of riding these rapids. Meanwhile your river-savvy guide ensures the safety of the excursion. This voyage is suitable for the entire family - the novice-level rapids are perfect for young adventurers.
per person
May-Sep
1:30pm
4 Hours
Chinook Rafting Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting
Limited Space

Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting

Calling all adventure lovers - there’s no better way to get the adrenaline flowing than big waves! Jump into a river raft and let the foamy rapids take you coursing swiftly through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by shale cliffs, the Bow River thunders through Horseshoe Canyon. Here you come, clad in neoprene and whooping with excitement as the rapids surge. During the quiet stretches, you lift your eyes skyward and see large birds of prey soaring above. You might even try cliff jumping - if you dare. Many Hollywood movies have been shot here in the spectacular geology of the Canyon - your guide will tell you all about it. Even if you have no rafting experience don’t sweat it - you’ll learn everything you need to know.
per person
May-Sep
8:15am
4 Hours
Hydra Kicking Horse Classic Whitewater Rafting

Kicking Horse Classic Whitewater Rafting

The Kicking Horse River is the Rockies' most thrilling whitewater rafting with Class 1-4 rapids. Located 1.5 hours from Banff near Golden, BC, this rafting tour is a popular whitewater journey combines a mix of class 1-4 rapids that the Kicking Horse River is famous for. Starting at a relaxing pace you can perfect your rafting skills with your teammates and guide and enjoy the views of the serene upper section. As the canyon narrows, the waves build, drenching rafters in continuous rapids such as Shot Gun, Man Eater and Roller Coaster. If you have energy to burn afterwards, try out the beach volleyball court with new friends or just relax and enjoy the scene. This tour is recommended for adventurous first-time rafters as well as seasoned paddlers.
per person
May-Sep
9:15am, 1:00pm
4 Hours