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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 $172.20.

The foamy whitewater surges beneath you. You feel your stomach drop. Your wet hands grip the paddle and you squint through the cool spray.

You’re barreling down one of Canada’s wildest rivers and not even the glacial water can wash the smile off your face.

Our full day trip on the Kicking Horse River is the type of thrill that will leave you buzzing for days afterwards. The journey takes you through the upper & middle canyons (otherwise known as one of Mother Nature’s best roller coasters) and includes a hearty BBQ lunch by the riverside (taming the Kicking Horse will make you work up an appetite!)

The rafts pull over at a couple of beautiful waterfalls throughout the trip, allowing you to take a short walk, swim and dunk your head in the pristine falls if you feel the urge.

In between the moments of splashing through the class 2, 3 and 4 rapids there will be stretches of calm water – giving you a chance to gape in awe at the craggy peaks of the Canadian Rockies all around you.

This 5 hour rafting tour runs 7 days per week and is our most popular adventure – a true Canadian experience.

Whitewater Rafting in the Canadian Rockies - Kicking Horse River Alpine Rafting

Whitewater Rafting in the Canadian Rockies – Kicking Horse River Alpine Rafting


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

  • Total trip duration: 9:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Available weekends in May and 7 days per week from June 1 to mid September.
  • Beginners are welcome. You’ll be given a full safety briefing before you hop in the raft and guidance along the way, so you’ll feel like a veteran paddler in no time.
  • We travel down 26 km of pristine Canadian river (including a 4 km bonus section through Yoho National Park that we offer because we know you want more adventure!)
  • A hearty, cowboy-style Rocky Mountain BBQ lunch is included. Feast on burgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs – yum!   ** The BBQ lunch will be simplified in 2021 due to Covid-19. Because of this, the price is reduced from $169 down to $159 per person.
  • You’ll end up back at the Alpine Rafting office at approximately 2:00 pm, with plenty of great stories to tell.
  • Must be a minimum of 12 years old and 90 pounds (43kg)

Things to Bring

  • We’ll provide everything from wetsuits to paddles, so all you need to bring is your bathing suit and towel – that’s it!  As per Covid-19 requirements, 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.
  • (Oh, and don’t forget your sense of adventure.)

Why We Love this Trip

  • It’s the perfect way to experience the thrill of a classic rafting trip in the Canadian Rockies, for a very affordable price.
  • You’ll be fully immersed in the pristine Canadian wilderness – a thrill to add to your bucket list!
  • We’ve added on an extra 4 km section of river in Yoho National Park, for even more adrenaline-pumping whitewater fun.

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.


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My friends have gone rafting but it’s my first time. Is this okay?

Absolutely! This is not a problem at all. No experience is required to go rafting as our guides will let you know exactly what you need to do. You will all get to travel in the same raft.

CAN I SEE WHAT IT’S LIKE BEFORE WE GO?

Sure! The best way to experience rafting is to actually go rafting but hopefully this video will be the next best thing

CAN I BRING A CAMERA?

You can bring a camera but it’s not recommended.  If you bring a camera make sure it’s waterproof, as it’s likely to get wet.  Hands free cameras such as GoPros are the best option (as you will be needing to paddle), but again it’s at your own risk.

People lose their cameras into the river every summer, so it’s safest to leave it behind.

The only thing you must bring is any medication you’ll need throughout the day.  We have a safe and dry spot on each raft to store all medication.

ARE THERE WETSUITS LARGE ENOUGH FOR ME/MY GROUP?

This is common question that we receive. Our wetsuits come in an assortment of sizes.  Our maximum weight limit is approximately 300 lbs (136kg) due to safety reasons and the size of our gear.

Meet Our Guides

Experienced, Engaged & Confident. Our team is nothing short of outstanding.