So you’re thinking about planning a river adventure somewhere in the Canadian Rockies? There are lots of Rivers to Choose from, but in this post we focus on selecting a Kicking Horse River Outfitter that will best fit the needs of your group
Insider’s Tips on How to Spend an Awesome Day on the Kicking Horse River
- Do your research! There are many companies running the Kicking Horse River, and while at first all their trips might seem similar, make sure you check out which company has a trip that best suits your needs. Also check out safety records and make sure the company has a well laid safety information.
- Pick the right time of Year! So when exactly is the best time to raft the Kicking Horse River. Well, that depends on who you ask ! Whatever time of year you decide to raft, you will have a great time! The Kicking Horse is both Glacial Fed and Snow melt Fed, meaning the river has great water levels all summer long
- MAY – Great early season rafting, slightly cooler temps, great water levels, early season discounts.
- JUNE – Warmer temps, great water levels, high water.
- JULY – Hot summer fun on the river, closer to the end of July, great time to raft the Lower Canyon.
- AUGUST – Emerald coloured water, clear days, Lower Canyon is guaranteed to be open, and Class 4+ rafting is still abundant.
- SEPTEMBER – Emerald coloured water, clear days, Lower Canyon open, Class 3 & 4 thrills are still happening!
- Check out the Company’s Guide Page ! Let’s face it – you’re going to be spending the whole day with your Guide- so they are arguably the most integral part of your experience! Choose a company where you feel most comfortable with their guides, noting how many years experience each Guide has. A potential red flag can be companies that run “Training Schools” or “Guide Schools” because it means they are potentially increasing the risk level by putting greenhorns at the helm of your raft
- Location, Location, Location! – Figure out what the nearest town is to the River that you will be rafting – and then try and figure out how far away the company is. Always a good idea to ask how long the bus rides are to & from the river. You want to make sure you spend as much time on the river & as little time on a bus as possible!