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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.

An enchanting waterfall stop takes place right before the end of the trip.  An optional 2 minute walk up a small canyon to the falls is a memorable highlight of the trip.

We’ll stop for a barbecue lunch by the riverside, featuring items hot off the grill (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 boats 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

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 9:15 a.m. and be back at our base by 1:00 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 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 our 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!  If it’s possible to come with your bathing suit on underneath your clothes, it’ll allow you to get into your wetsuit beside your vehicle which speeds things up a bit.
  • 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+


If you have to cancel your trip, the full amount is refundable (less a $20.00 per person processing fee) provided we receive at least 72 hours notice prior to your trip date. If notice occurs within 72 hours of your trip date the full amount is non-refundable.

When you reserve your seats they are no longer available for anyone else to book. We also schedule guides, drivers and plan our logistics based on the number of seats we have confirmed. Because of this, if you cancel within 72 for ANY reason please do NOT expect a refund. This applies to all reasons.

In the unlikely event that we need to cancel a trip due to weather or safety concerns, we will re-schedule your trip to a date that works for you, or provide a full refund.  All refunds go back onto the credit card used for the initial booking.

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