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Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River

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    White Water Discovery, the perfect introductory trip for someone who is new to river rafting, but still wants to experience some of our biggest whitewater. Our Discovery trip rafts the upper and middle sections of the Kicking Horse River, and it combines some of the best scenery and whitewater this river has to offer.This trip is great for people new to the sport because it starts with the calmest section and gradually builds into exciting class 3 and class 4 rapids. You’ll enjoy our riverside barbecue lunch (please advise your lunch preference at the time of booking) and then move on to the excitement of the middle canyon. The middle canyon starts with a 1 kilometer stretch of class 4 whitewater and from there it continues through various class 3 and class 4 rapids.

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    White Water Express, which is perfect for anyone who wants an exciting bit of whitewater, but is on a time crunch. White Water Express is our shortest trip and it gets right into the big stuff in the middle canyon of the Kicking Horse River. The Express contains a lot of very fun whitewater, starting off with a 1 km stretch of class 4 rapids known as ‘Portage and Shotgun’. It’s followed by many more class 3 and class 4 hits; rapids such as Roller Coaster, Twin Towers and Last Waltz.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Glacier Raft Company Office
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Buffet lunch (White Water Discovery tours)
    • Professional raft guide
    • Bus shuttle to and from river
    • All gear needed on river
    • Complimentary end of trip beverage
    • National Park fees
    • Local taxes
    • Photos and HD Video (available to purchase)
    • Clothing and Souvenirs
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Minimum age for White Water Discovery and White Water Express is 12 years old and 90 lbs (41 kg)
    • Guests under the age of 19 must have a parent or guardian present to sign their waiver
    • Please advise of any allergies or special dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please advise your lunch preference, if tour with lunch is selected: steak, chicken breast, fish, hamburger, or veggie burger; Use "Special Requirements" field upon checkout to advise the requested information
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We were were a group of 6, most visiting from Europe. We did the Heli Rafting and the entire group had the most awesome time. We all felt that it was an excellent value for the money and would love to repeat the experience if an opportunity presents itself. If you are in the
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    Response from GlacierRaft, Owner at Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River
    Responded 25 Oct 2019
    Thank you so much! We are happy to hear you had such a wonderful heli experience and we truly appreciate you taking the time to share. We would love to have you join us again if you're back in the Golden area. Thank you for the recommendation and cheers to all 6 of you from the whole Glacier Team.
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    International guides with a great sense of humor paired with beautiful scenery make for a great outdoor family adventure. We had about 20°c weather the day we rafted and were happy to have both the wetsuit jacket and the blue shell overtop that were offered. We felt safe at all
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    Response from GlacierRaft, Front Office Manager at Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River
    Responded 20 Sep 2019
    Hello, and a BIG thank you for the review! We want everyone to have a great time, while feeling comfortable and safe. From our gear to guides, we have the best of the best to ensure your day is as great as it can be! We're very glad to hear about your trip, and we do hope to see you again! From all of us here at Glacier, thank you :)
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    People of staff and the guides of the boats were really sweet, attentive and excited, which pass me the impression that it was going to be a great day. I felt secure, warm and all my concerns were dissipated after the orientation process. Everything went well and I enjoyed the
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    Response from GlacierRaft, Front Office Manager at Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River
    Responded 20 Sep 2019
    Hi Julizzi, Thank you for sharing your experience! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the day, we like hearing that people felt safe out there. The trend is that the water levels start to drop as the season winds down. Earlier in the season is where you'll find the water levels to be higher, due to more melt off the glaciers and warmer weather. Each section of the river we raft is about 13 kms, and depending on the time of year, takes anywhere from 1 - 1.5 hours to raft. We hope to see you in the future for another ride down the Kicking Horse! Thanks again, from everyone here at Glacier.
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    A 5 thumbs up from everyone who did the family adventure on Sept 7, 2019. All of our guests just loved the ride and the lunch on the river.
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    Response from GlacierRaft, Front Office Manager at Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River
    Responded 11 Sep 2019
    Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are so happy that the group enjoyed the tour. Thanks again for bringing the group out. Hope to do it again next season. Cheers Glacier Team
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    Glacier are professional, well organised, with guides that are knowledgeable and funny too. They provide all the gear, wetsuits, boots, life vests, helmets (with GoPro mounts, if you want) all you need is your swim costume and a towel. Our guide Rupert kept us thoroughly
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    Response from GlacierRaft, Front Office Manager at Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River
    Responded 11 Sep 2019
    Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We really appreciate you telling us about your experience. I will be sure to share your review with Rupert. We are very fortunate to have the staff that we do. They all love to share their passion for the river with others, so thank you for giving us that opportunity. We hope to see you again next season. Cheers Glacier Team
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