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We understand that not everyone wants their outdoor experience to involve barreling down the river at full tilt, being tossed around gleefully by the whitewater.

(After all, you might be visiting Golden with older family members, young children or those who prefer not to feel like they are in the spin cycle of a washing machine. Rapids aren’t everyone’s cup of tea!)

If a peaceful, leisurely float down the river sounds like it’s more your speed, you’ll love our Gentle Family Rafting adventure. No one gets soaked on this trip, but there will be a few fun splashes and a lot of laughs.

Gliding down the river at a laid back pace will allow you to relax and soak up the scenery around you. As you paddle down the Upper sections of the Kicking Horse (British Columbia’s first designated Canadian Heritage River), you’ll be able to sit back, listen to the birds and gaze up at the spectacular pine-clad peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains towering ten thousand feet above you.

We’ll stop for a barbeque lunch by the riverside, featuring steak, chicken breast, fish, burgers, smokies or veggie burgers (food always tastes even better in the fresh mountain air).

Keep your eyes peeled as you drift through the dense green forests – you might spot a bear snuffling in a berry bush, a female deer and her fawn drinking at the water’s edge or a majestic elk with his impressive set of antlers watching the boat glide by. This is one of the best ways to go off the beaten path and see remote areas that not every tourist gets to see.

Guests participate in a safety briefing

      Great guide. Memorable day. Beautiful River. Delicious steak lunch. Cool photos. This company delivered. Wish we could do the class 5!


We are excited to announce that Alpine Rafting has merged with our friends at Glacier Raft Company. Click here to read more.


  • You’ll start at 9:30 a.m. and be back at our base by 1:30 p.m.
  • Don’t worry if you’ve never been rafting before, you’ll be given a full safety briefing before you get on the water. This is a safe, mellow trip that is perfect for beginners and families with young children ages 4 and up.
  • The trip involves 14 km of rafting and will return to the Alpine Rafting office approximately 3.5 hours after departure time.
  • This trip is mostly class 1 with some sections of class 2 – 2+


  • A bathing suit and towel, that’s it!
  • We’ll provide the rest, just don’t forget your sense of adventure!


  • On this trip, we raft an extra 4 km through the heart of Yoho National Park, offering you sweeping views of our wild and beautiful landscapes.
  • It’s a great adventure for kids ages 4+


We hope you can keep your river date with us. But, sometimes life happens and you need to cancel. If you have to cancel your trip, the full amount is refundable (less a $10.00 per person processing fee) provided we are given at least 1 weeks notice prior to your trip. If notice occurs within 7 days of the trip the $50.00 per person deposit becomes non-refundable, and within 24 hours of the trip the full amount is non-refundable. All refunds are applied to the same credit card used for the initial booking. Have more questions? Check our our Frequently Asked Questions Page

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