BANFF WHITEWATER RAFTING

It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran rafter or a complete whitewater newbie. Banff Rafting is awesome and 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.

Want to experience the thrill of the rapids but short on precious vacation time? We’ve got rafting near 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 of an adventure? Ramp up your fun 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.

Check out the different classes of rapids and what they mean –>

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 every raft
  • Free photos are included, so you can take home a reminder of your adventure (Kananaskis & Horseshoe Canyon Rivers)
Golden Skybridge Suspension Bridge with Discover Banff Tours

Kicking Horse Raft + SkyBridge

Combo Package; raft through exciting whitewater rapids along the Kicking Horse River, then take a walk at 426 feet above an expansive canyon. Included: Kicking Horse Rafting (9:15am - 12:15pm or 1:15pm - 4:15pm) This popular whitewater journey combines a
per person
12+
May-Sep
Get splashed by class 4 rafting rapids on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies

Horseshoe Canyon Raft + Heli Flight

Combo Package; raft through exciting whitewater rapids through Horseshoe Canyon, then soar above Banff's mountain peaks. 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
per person
12+
May-Sep
Big hit on the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies
Limited Space

Raft 2 Rivers

Combo Package; experience whitewater thrills and a cliff jump on the Bow River, then raft the family-friendly Kananaskis River. Included: Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting (8:15am - 12:00pm) In the morning, jump into a river raft and let the foamy rapids
per person
12+
May-Sep
Experience guided alpine climbing on the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata Explorer Route at Banff Mt Norquay

Horseshoe Canyon Raft + Via Ferrata

Combo Package; raft through exciting whitewater rapids through Horseshoe Canyon, then take a guided climb up Mt Norquay's cliffs. Included: Horseshoe Canyon Whitewater Rafting (8:15am – 12:00pm) Kick off your day with exciting whitewater thrills on class 3-4 whitewater rapids
per person
12+
Jun-Sep
Take a scenic horseback ride along the Bow River with Discover Banff Tours in the Canadian Rockies

Kananaskis River Raft + Horseback Ride

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
per person
8+
May-Sep
Family friendly rapids fun on the Kananaskis River in the Canadian Rockies

Raft + Chairlift

Combo Package; raft along the family-friendly Kananaskis River, then ride an open-air chairlift to 7,000 feet overlooking Banff. Included: Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting (1:30pm - 5:30pm) Get splashed on the class 2 - 3 rapids along with pristine landscapes of
per person
5+
Jun-Sep
Class 4 rafting rapids fun on the Horseshoe Canyon in the Canadian Rockies
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 this epic Alberta rafting trip and let the foamy rapids take you coursing swiftly through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
per person
8:15am
4 Hours
12+
Family friendly rafting rapids on the Kananaskis River in the Rockies
Family Fun

Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting

Get ready for awesome Banff Rafting!  You'll get splashed by the frothy swells of the rushing river but it won’t wash the smile off your face. It's family rafting fun for ages 5 - 85! What to expect rafting in
per person
1:30pm
4 Hours
5+
Hydra Kicking Horse Classic Whitewater Rafting

Kicking Horse River Classic Whitewater Rafting

The Kicking Horse River is the Ultimate Canadian Rockies Rafting with thrilling whitewater rafting with predominantly Class 4 rapids. What to expect from Kicking Horse—Canadian Rockies Rafting Located 1.5 hours from Banff near Golden, BC, this rafting tour is a
per person
9:15am, 1:15pm
3 Hours
12+