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Hydra River Guides

775 reviews
Banff, Canada
About Hydra River Guides
Rafting on the Kicking Horse is a MUST DO activity during your vacation to the Canadian Rockies. Let Hydra River Guides introduce you to the water we call home. We offer rafting trips to suit all budgets and abilities, starting at only $55. 180,000 rafters can’t be wrong. Are you ready to join us?
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Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour
7 reviews
Delve deep into the Banff National Park and admire the scenery from the water on this canoe adventure. Paddle along the pretty Bow River and listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of Canadian history and heritage. Watch the riverbanks for sightings of native wildlife, then finish your canoe tour with light refreshments.
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$43.08 per adult
47 reviews
Experience a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure and fantastic scenery on the Kicking Horse River during this half-day tour from Banff, Canmore or Lake Louise. During your 2-2.5 hour ride, you’ll paddle a calm section of the river before plunging into the canyon’s exhilarating class 4+ rapids, finishing with a post-rafting BBQ lunch (provided after AM tours and before PM tours). The tour includes optional pickup and drop-off in Banff, Canmore or Lake Louise, all necessary river equipment, safety briefing and professional river guides.
Please note: This is an adult beginners trip for participants aged 12 years and up.
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$121.25 per adult
15 reviews
Brave the fun but relatively calm waters of the Kicking Horse River on this 1-hour rafting expedition, catered specifically for families with younger children. Join your guide on the leisurely Class 1 and Class 2 rapids found along a stretch of this premier rafting river, before taking a break for a BBQ lunch and some beach volleyball. Your excursion also includes all rafting equipment plus an optional hotel pickup and drop-off from Canmore, Banff or Lake Louise.
Please note: This is a family trip for families with children aged 6 - 11 years.
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$65.41 per adult
Calgary Flames Hockey Games
This Calgary Flames hockey tour makes going to watch a game easier than ever. Avoid the long ticket lines and planning your own rides, this package includes your admission ticket to a game and round-trip transport from Banff or Canmore. Plus, your guide can fill you in on any hockey knowledge during the rides to and from the stadium.
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$94.93 per adult
Wildlife on the Bow Big Canoe Tour
Paddle along the Bow River in a 12-seater canoe as the sun sets in Banff’s backyard during this guided canoe tour. Dip your oars into the water as team and take in the wildlife and mountain scenery as your guide tells you about the animals and land. Be on the lookout for elk, bald eagles, beaver, and muskrats as the current carries you along.
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$43.08 per adult
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a lot of fun! We started with a BBQ, lovely. Then a decent and humour filled safety briefing. We then all changed into our wetsuits, life jackets, safety helmets. NB worth hiring the Neoprene jacket for extra warmth. You have an option of buying...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank paulC109OW
Reviewed February 22, 2019

The river was a beautiful glacial color and the scenery was magnificent! We did the afternoon raft, we got to eat a BBQ lunch before we rafted (the people who did the morning raft ate at the same time they did, after they rafted though)....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

Excellent experience, friendly and funny guides. All kit provided. Great to meet other people. Hard to fault our experience.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Tim B
Reviewed October 4, 2018

This trip was so well organized, so well presented and so interesting. The guide we had, named Mick, was charismatic, funny and had loads of great information to keep you engaged the entire time. I brought my 3 and 6 year-old sons on the trip...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Sealegs13
Reviewed September 24, 2018

The safety talk was informative, thorough & yet hilarious at the same time! All staff were friendly & helpful, Ricky our guide was awesome, he put everyone at ease, was informative about the area and had us laughing all afternoon! Overall great fun, an amazing...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Steveandjulie H
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Superb bbq to start off our afternoon rafting. All rafting guides are brilliant; we always felt safe, they’re highly knowledgeable and very friendly. Great fun rafting with exquisite views from the river!More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2018

Hello Ellie P. Thank you for your positive review. We always enjoy the BBQ during the Kicking Horse Classic rafting trip. As safety is a priority of the Hydra River Guides team, it is nice to hear that you felt as though your group was...More

Reviewed September 14, 2018

What a great day! We arrived in time for a sumptuous lunch fresh off the grill. We then had a very informative safety demo and received our gear. The weather was blue skies and warm - perfect! Our guide, David E, was so knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CandaceW811
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

Great afternoon rafting on the river after a yummi burger! Staff very nice and funny. Although the safety speech can get scary, don’t let it get you! 😉

1  Thank eliru890127
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

The team at Hydra are great! from the moment we arrived everything was easy going and organized. This time of year the rapids aren't as big so if you are after bigger rapids I qpuld go earlier in the season . However we still had...More

1  Thank emmakg2019
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

My kids loved this. We did the mild because we have a 9 year old, so the only complaint I got from my older kids is that they wanted to do more rapids. Our guide was great, provided some history on the Kicking Horse River,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jlafranca1
Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

Hello jlafranca1. The Mild Trip is perfect for guests with young children. We're happy that the whole family had a good time with Hydra on the Kicking Horse River! Hopefully next time you can come visit us and take part in the Kicking Horse Classic...More

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September 28, 2016|
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Response from HydraRiverGuides | Property representative |
Hello, our season operates until September 15th
July 25, 2016|
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Response from HydraBanff | Property representative |
Hello Thanks for your interest in Hydra. The river base is about 2.5- 3 hours drive from Calgary. We raft until mid September but as it's a glacier fed river the water levels drop as the season progresses. It is still a... More
April 22, 2016|
Response from sassyscameron | Reviewed this property |
They have a mild trip that they recommend for children aged 6-11 years and have to weigh more than 50 lbs. If you google "Hydra river guides" then once you are on their webpage, click on "Rafting trips" you will find this... More