ALBERTA – Canada – Visitors to Alberta, Canada shouldn’t miss a chance to raft some of the best rapids in the Canadian Rockies on the Kicking Horse River. Rapids on the Kicking Horse range from Class II to Class IV+, offering rafters the choice between a tranquil float trip or a heart-pumping ride in the Lower Canyon.
Visit May through September to raft this glacier-fed body of water, colored a stunning turquoise, to experience one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in the Canadian Rockies.
Originating in Yoho National Park, and sourced from the meltwater from the Icefields, the Kicking Horse River is an example of a glacier-fed mountain river. Covering 52 km, the Kicking Horse River flows through both the eastern and western main ranges of the Rocky Mountains before joining the Columbia River in Golden, BC.
Raftable sections of the river begin downstream of Wapta Falls. The river’s name stems from an incident near the falls in August 1858, when James Hector, a Scottish geologist on an expedition of the area, had a mishap where his horse kicked him in the chest. He survived, and went on to name the river and the pass after his experience here.
The banks of the Kicking Horse River in Alberta, Canada are a great place to spy wildlife. Keep an eye out for moose, deer, bears, elk, mountain goats, and other animals. Interested in seeing more critters that call the Canadian Rockies home? Opt for a wildlife tour of the area with Jasper Vacations.
For more information, check out the Friends of the Kicking Horse River, a volunteer group working to protect the Kicking Horse for future generations or head over to AlbertaRafting.org to book a tour.
Want more information on whitewater rafting in Alberta? Call 800-519-4770 or 403-774-7215 to speak to an Alberta Rafting specialist today!
More of the Best Things to Do in Banff and Jasper, Alberta
You may have come to the Canadian Rockies to raft the Kicking Horse River, but don’t leave before you get to experience more of what makes Alberta, Canada a top vacation destination. Explore Banff National Park or Jasper National Park, discover the beauty of Lake Louise, or make the most of your time with a tour from Jasper Vacations or Banff Travel. No matter which activity you choose, you’ll be glad you stayed to experience more of the Canadian Rockies.