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  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
Sample Lunch Menu
  • Choice of main dish: Alberta angus beef or vegetarian burger on a fresh-baked bun
  • Assorted salads
  • Chocolate brownie dessert
  • Hot and cold drinks
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Kicking Horse River
Hydra River Guides
Brave the fun but relatively calm waters of the Kicking Horse River on this 1-hour rafting expedition, catered specifically for families with younger children. Join your guide on the leisurely Class 1 and Class 2 rapids found along a stretch of this premier rafting river, before taking a break for a BBQ lunch and some beach volleyball. Your excursion also includes all rafting equipment plus an optional hotel pickup and drop-off from Canmore, Banff or Lake Louise.

Please note: This is a family trip for families with children aged 6 - 11 years.
  • Mild river-rafting family adventure on the Kicking Horse River near Banff
  • Experience the premier rafting river in the Canadian Rockies
  • Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you paddle through Class II and III rapids with your guide
  • Play some beach volleyball and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch
  • Perfect activity for families with children 6-11 years, and those seeking a calmer rafting experience
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing White Water Rafting Trip!!

Huge thank you to the team at Hydra, especially our guide Erik who had us laughing from start to finish. Having never done it before, we all felt at ease as soon as we suited up & were ready to tackle the Kicking Horse. To...More

Thank JKennealy
Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello JKennealy, Thank you for your wonderful review of your whitewater rafting trip with Hydra. We like hearing that our guests feel safe, secure and excited during their time on the Kicking Horse River. Hopefully the wet suits helped with the cold temperatures of the...More

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Great Rapids, Big Lunch and Friendly Staff

My wife and I had a blast on the Kicking Horse River with the Hydra River guides. We drove ourselves from Banff and the paper directions we were given were easy to follow. We did the afternoon trip so a big burger and sides lunch...More

Thank NickShana713
Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Hello Nick. We always enjoy hearing about our guests positive experience with Hydra River Guides! Dave E is one of our most seasoned guides and he definitely makes it fun for everyone while ensuring a safe trip. The rapids near the end of the Kicking...More

Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile
Amazing Fun

A huge thank you to our guide Anthea for making our rafting trip so memorable!! We absolutely loved it and would recommend this tour to anyone 🤗

1  Thank Happybanana
Reviewed 31 July 2018
Highly recommend, fun filled river adventure worth the drive.

Our family had a wonderful time on this rafting trip. We did the Kicking Horse 2 hour trip with BBQ. We have rafted in Colorado several times and loved this one in Yoho National Park. DO NOT take the shorter trip, this one is so...More

1  Thank lmcapps
Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Hello, thank you for the wonderful review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your whitewater rafting experience with Hydra. We agree that the Kicking Horse Classic trip is definitely the adventurous choice as it includes those Class 4 rapids. Erik does a terrific...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile
Good time except photographer

Dave O was excellent guide and funny. The rapids were awesome but pretty timid at first which is what nature gave us. Once we hit the class 3 & 4 rapids, it was a LOT more exciting. They care about your safety and your fun....More

4  Thank Dksurface
Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2018

Thank you for your review of your Hydra whitewater rafting experience! Those class 3 & 4 rapids are definitely a lot of fun. We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience with our photographer on this day. We take pride in our...More

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