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Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure

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    What to Expect
    This easy-going rafting trip is a great way for families and groups to sample the thrills of whitewater. Along the way, you’ll enjoy local wildlife sightings and the serene outdoor beauty of the Kananaskis River, a 46-mile waterway that flows from the Rockies into Banff’s Bow River.

    Start your rafting adventure with an optional pickup in Banff or Canmore. Check with your tour operator for exact pickup times. Then enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you arrive, listen as your guides share safety instructions and paddle techniques for your time on the river. Then jump aboard to start your journey. This part of the river runs calm, allowing you the chance to admire the lovely forest environment and soaring mountains that line the banks. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles, bear and deer strolling along the river way.

    Just when things seem to be slowing down, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that will get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide’s instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater. Your day ends with snacks, high-fives and optional return transportation to your hotel.

    This is a seasonal tour running mid-May through mid-September, transport option is available from late May on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please allow four hours for this tour, or 5.5 hours if transport is selected.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Chinook Rafting, Riverbase, Stoney 142, 143, 144, AB T0L, Canada

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please meet at Nakoda Lakeside Lodge, located on the Highway 1A between Morley and Exshaw in Alberta, no later than 1:15pm.
    Pickup is available from the following locations (for an additional cost on select days if booked):
    • Public bus parking behind the Mount Royal Hotel, Banff (Please meet the Chinook Rafting bus at 12:45pm ready for pick up between 12:45pm - 1:00pm)
    • Canmore Coast Hotel & Conference Centre, Canmore (Please meet the Chinook Rafting bus at 1:10pm ready for pick up between 1:10pm - 1:25pm)
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 1.5 to 2 hour rafting adventure, with an optional swim at the end
    • Guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected, available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
    • Snacks
    • All necessary equipment (wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves)
    • Free photos of your rafting adventure available online
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drink, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Transport option is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
    • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking.
    • Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
    • Not recommended for pregnant women.
    • The minimum number for tour to run is eight people. Minimum needed for transport is three people.
    • Minimum age is 5 years old. Minimum weight is 40 pounds (18 kg). Maximum weight is 350 pounds (159 kg).
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Great time for our family. The experience was well organized, felt very safe and was perfect for the kids. Our guide, Dom, did a great job keeping us entertained. Rafting is definitely a highlight of our trip to Banff!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Robert P
    Reviewed 7 August 2019 via mobile

    This rafting tour was great. My kids and I had a blast. The scenery is breathtaking and the water felt amazing! Definitely worth it!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Dream701529
    Reviewed 29 July 2019

    Our family of four did the KRR and we couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. Our Peruvian guide was a joy to be around and the Kananaskis was a great introductory River. It's a perfect ride for families, making it enjoyable for all...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank scottdV8702IU
    Reviewed 17 July 2019

    Our family did the Kananaskis Rafting Adventure last week and had a great time (2 parents, 2 boys aged 11 and 9). We were worried that we were going to be wet and cold the whole time but Chinook makes sure you're supplied with everything...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank KatKumar
    Reviewed 10 July 2019

    Had an absolute blast rafting down the glacier fed Kananaskis river with Chinook Rafting! Perfect mix of exciting rapids and calm flowing water for sightseeing the Rockies. We had Sam as a Guide - he was highly knowledgable about the area and a great team...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Bikingbenc
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    13 June 2019|
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    Response from DiscoverBanffTours | Property representative |
    Hi there, thank you for your question! The riverbase for the Kananaskis River Rafting Trip is a 45 minute drive from Banff. It is located along the Bow Valley Parkway, and is approximately halfway between Banff and Calgary... More
    Meryl S
    13 July 2018|
    Response from DiscoverBanffTours | Property representative |
    Hello, apologies for the delayed response! The Kananaskis River is the most gentle rafting option and a great choice for first timers or anyone that's nervous or not a strong swimmer. If you're looking for a more exciting... More
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