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.

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.

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


  • 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)
Family friendly rafting rapids on the Kananaskis River in the Rockies
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
per person
4 Hours
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 a river raft and let the foamy rapids take you coursing swiftly through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by
per person
4 Hours
Hydra Kicking Horse Classic Whitewater Rafting

Kicking Horse River 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 exciting class 1-4 rapids that
per person
9:15am, 1:15pm
3 Hours