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  • To guarantee it’s only your ‘bubble’ group in a boat, you can also consider our ‘BOOK A BOAT‘ option for groups of 4-8 people and save $98.70.

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 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


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

Carrie D
Carrie D
2020-08-02
Great Experience Our family did the family float and loved it, the guide was amazing, everyone felt secure and had so much fun
Laura H
Laura H
2020-06-07
A great day! We have rafted twice with Alpine and both trips were fantastic. Staff are friendly and well organized, our guide made us feel safe. Lunch was provided in our trips and the food was fresh, well prepared and waiting for us. Beautiful views with an adrenaline rush! We will be back!
ERingger
ERingger
2019-09-19
Great guide on the Kicking Horse Great guide. Memorable day. Beautiful River. Delicious steak lunch. Cool photos. This company delivered. Wish we could do the class 5!
Curtis R
Curtis R
2019-09-06
Great first time rafting This was my first time, my partners second time, and we had an absolute blast. They take care of you from start to finish, you just need to show up, that’s it. Friendly knowledgeable staff who are clearly good at what they do made this a comfortable fun experience. The water was cold of course but the neoprene suits made it just fine. I fell in the water (but I kinda wanted to); our guide put us sideways into a rapid and I went over, all was good and she planned it for me lol. We were taught how to retrieve a person from the water prior to this so it was all in good fun. Rapids were easily maneuverable for first time rafters, but still fun. Trip was 2-3 hours long, plenty of time on the river. Bus ride there and back was fine, not that far at all from town, we even got some food at the end and we were able to sit in the hot tub at the hotel upon our return to town. Highly recommend. Cheers
Schlabopi
Schlabopi
2019-08-20
Ein großer Spaß und gute Organisation Tolle Organisation, reibungsloser Ablauf, tolle Betreuung. Es war ein riesen Spaß und man ist gut aufgehoben. Die Guides sind erfahren und man fühlt sich sicher. Absolut zu empfehlen. Es war unsere erste Rafting Tour und wir würden jederzeit dort wieder buchen!
Storyteller708253
Storyteller708253
2019-08-14
Thrilling!!! For sure one of the coolest things I did in my life. The guides were great. It's Adrenaline pumping and adventurous. I loved the intense Rapids
Family356
Family356
2019-08-09
Great experience, Great Time with Rupert Wir waren das erste Mal „Raften“, und es war absolut großartig! Wir bekamen gute Wet Suits und wurden mit dem bus zum Fluss gefahren. Auf dem Weg gabs eine gute Einführung in alles, was für uns wichtig war. Wir waren also richtig gut vorbereitet und wussten gut Bescheid, was wir tun sollten! Und dann war nur noch Spaß! Das Wasser ist kalt und wild, aber wenn man tut, was der Guide sagt: alles easy! Dieses Naturerlebnis ist einfach einzigartig, und Alpine Rafting hat alles perfekt vorbereitet! Nach dem Ride wird man mit denn Bus wieder zur Home Base gebracht. Weil uns der Ride mit Rupert so sehr gefallen hat, haben wir uns gegen den Heimtransport entschieden und für einen kleinen Aufschlag einen zweiten Ride gemacht! Und der war sogar noch besser, weil wir nun schon wussten, was zu tun ist! Thank you, Rupert😃😃😃
gentrynan
gentrynan
2019-06-04
SUCH A BLAST!! I was mildly terrified to go on this raft trip after I talked to a local in a coffee shop in Golden. But now that I went on the full day trip I am kind of laughing at how nervous i was..it is SO MUCH FUN! I was not scared in the slightest and I am not an adrenaline seeker or have a particular fondness to roller coasters (which some reviews compared it to). Alpine Rafting is a good, safe pro operation. Our guide Chris was AWESOME... funny yet took his job seriously and explained everything very clearly. My 16 and 14 year old LOVED it too. Highlight of our visit in Golden. A MUST DO. The only problem was that we wished it lasted longer cause it is that much fun. You don't want it to end. Don't even think 2x about doing this raft trip. Book it...NOW!
kek604
kek604
2018-09-17
Made Class II and III REALLY fun!` Our Kicking Horse River adventure was great! Great staff - informative and humorous. Excellent equipment - the wet suits were washed and sanitized between river trips. The Express in the afternoon was advertised as 1 hour 15 minutes on the water, and was more than that.The price was right - and the clear sky day was stunning.

ITINERARY

  • 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 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 our office approximately 3.5 hours after departure time.
  • This trip is mostly class 1 with some sections of class 2 – 2+.

THINGS TO BRING

  • A bathing suit and towel, that’s it!  Please also bring a face covering that meets current safety guidelines.  If you forget yours, we’ll have them available to buy in our office.
  • We’ll provide the rest, just don’t forget your sense of adventure!

WHY WE LOVE THIS TRIP

  • 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+

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you have to cancel your trip, the full amount is refundable (less a $10.00 per person processing fee) as long as we have a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to your trip date. If notice occurs within 48 hours, the full amount is non-refundable.

When you reserve your seats they are blocked off to everyone else, and all logistics are planned and staff scheduled. Because of this, if you cancel for any reason within 48 hours, please do not expect a refund.

In the unlikely event that we need to cancel a trip due to river safety concerns or weather, we will re-schedule your trip if that works for you, or a full refund will be provided.

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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