White Water Rafting around Banff National Park – Highwood River Trip.
Kananaskis County, Alberta.
Okay, lesson one when organizing activities in the Canadian Rockies: If you are feeling hung-over in any way, perhaps take a leisurely gondola ride in Banff. Lesson two, if hung-over; try not to arrange a challenging, stomach churning white water rafting adventure on a Sunday morning! For the more sensible amongst you however, the Highwood River Trip is an incredible experience and one that should not be missed.
Only open in May and June, its popularity has increased in past years as adrenalin hunters search for some of the best class 3 and 4 whitewater rafting in the Canadian Rockies and indeed in North America. Trust me, I can vouch for its quality!
Thundering out of the front of the Canadian Rockies into the incredible scenery southwest of Calgary, the river water levels are only suitable for rafting in May and June. There are many white water rafting companies to choose from, which gives a hint of how good the rafting is up here in the Rockies.
The staff, recognizing that this green Mountain Man is usually better kept on land or safe in his hotel, was very understanding and friendly with my sudden reluctance to step onto the raft. I wish I had more time to take in the surrounds to describe them to you. I remember the scenery being awesome (albeit from behind my hands). We descended through abundant rapids, massive drops and eventually I forgot my ills and joined in the fun.
Best of all, lunch is included with the trip. You get it all for only $138. Try and time it right, as the short season for the Highwood River Trip only runs from May 29-June 28.
For more on White Water Rafting the Rockies.
Tips on What to Bring When Rafting:
- A Swimsuit
- A towel and a bag
- A warm fleece or wool
- A wooly hat
- Clothes suitable for the day
- Waterproof Cameras
- Glasses or sunglasses as long as they are secured.
- Medical Items (if needed)