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“A Great Side Trip from Banff!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kicking Horse River

Kicking Horse River
Highway 1 | Golden, British Columbia, Canada
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Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting
Ranked #134 of 1,485 Attractions in British Columbia
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: White-water rafting, Kayaking
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Owner description: Restless river passing through picturesque valleys offers spectacular scenery and some of the finest white water rafting in the country.
Spokane, Washington
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“A Great Side Trip from Banff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We took a side trip from the Banff/Lake Louise area to run the exhilirating white water of the Kicking Horse River. Had a blast and would highly recommend this if you have most of day's time. We paid for the "half day" excursion, but that meant leaving Banff by 10:30am and not getting back until 5:00pm or so.

Most of the operators start in Golden, BC, meaning you have to drive for over an hour from Lake Louise to get there. The outfitters provide you with wetsuits to wear, which at first I didn't think i would want, since it was a 90 degree day, but the water is so cold that you really do need it.

The guides are fun and make it funner by sometimes taking you right over some of the big rocks, etc. The half day was plenty for me and my daughters, and they even give you the option to do an addtional section of the river, (for $50 more) but we declined.

At the end, they want to sell you photos/video (each guide wears a GoPro camera) but the photos were of all the rafts and didn't get very close, so we passed.

All in all, a very good time and worth it.

Visited July 2014
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Sydney
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49 attraction reviews
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“Stunning waterway!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We passed over this several times during our tour. It is one mighty river.Check out the natural bridge stop

Visited June 2014
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Banff, Canada
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“Wild Whitewater Rafting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Had the best experience with Hydra River guiding us through the all the rapids! We went as a group of 8, and had the best tour guide! The weather was beautiful, and I would suggest going when the water levels are higher as it makes the rapids more fun! We had their awesome shuttle driver come pick us up from Banff, and bring us back when we were finished. There was also a delicious BBQ waiting for us when we were all finished and dry! So worth it! Definitely something you should do!

Visited June 2014
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LINCOLN
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Brilliant fun. We went to Golden BC in ealry September and they had had a rush of meltwater. Amzing experience, went with wet and wild adventures. Were well looked after, free tea, coffee, beer and cookies. Sat right at the front as the drop control, such fun. Recommended

Visited September 2012
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“A Ski Mountain for Skiers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Great vertical drops ...amazing scenery ...not crowded ..gondola service could be better ..we did have a bit of a problem (their fault) so the next day we skied for free!! Everyone makes mistakes its the way they handled it that was impressive.Three years in a row and we ll be back

Visited January 2013
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