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Kananaskis River, Alberta

Kananaskis River, Alberta

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Banff: Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

Banff: Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

The Kananaskis Whitewater Tour is a Whitewater Rafting experience that everyone can enjoy. From the playful waves to the scenic landscapes, punching through rapids, to fun filled games on calmer sections of the river; this tour has something for everyone. Don't let this Class 2-3 grade river, fool you, it delivers big splashes with heart pumping hits. We meet at our River Base, or pre book a shuttle from Canmore by contacting Canadian Rockies Rafting. You will be greeted and checkin with one of our awesome team members. We then gear up in the provided wetsuit, helmet, booties, splash jacket and life vest, gather around our demo raft to go over a safety briefing and load the buses for a 5 mins drive to the put in. At the put in you'll meet your fun and trusty guide. Pay close attention as they go over paddling commands and general instructions for your time on the river. Now hop in the raft and let's go rafting! After your full filled adventure you'll be reunited with our buses for a quick 10 min ride back to our River Base to change and grab a refreshing non alcoholic beverage. You'll also be provided the "how to" on where to view and purchase the photos from your tour. Your adventure has now come to an end, if you took our transport from Canmore we are ready to bring you back, if you met us at the River Base you are free to enjoy the rest of your time in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Don't be sad, we will be here whenever you are ready for more fun!

Banff: Afternoon Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

Banff: Afternoon Kananaskis River Whitewater Rafting Tour

Enjoy whitewater rafting down an idyllic stretch of the Kanaskasis River, the perfect excursion for families, groups, and newcomers to whitewater rafting. During the 4 hour experience, you will spend 1.5 - 2 hours on the river, exploring the pristine waterways of the Kananaskis River. Scout for local wildlife and enjoy the unrivaled beauty of the Canadian wilderness. Meet at the Nakoda Lakeside Lodge on Highway 1A. Start your rafting adventure with a 45-minute drive from Banff or Calgary. Enjoy the short scenic ride as you wind through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, ride in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Kananaskis River. Here, your guides will provide safety instructions and teach your paddle techniques. Feel equipped and ready to go as you prepare for the river. Board your raft and begin your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river. Practice different paddling techniques with your guide. Spot local wildlife such as soaring eagles, and deer who stroll along the banks of the river. Then, get ready to be splashed as your raft through class 2-3 rapids as you travel along a lovely forested area of the river. At the end of the journey enjoy a scenic float to the finish where you can swim and splash in the water. Return to the river base for high fives and snacks to celebrate your rafting adventure. This tour operates from mid-May to mid-September and is ideal for anyone that has never rafted before or does not know how to swim.

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Overall rating

4.8
(99 reviews)

It was our first time in Banff as well as going whitewater rafting we were very happy with the experience. Finding check-in place was very easy, our head guide Nick was very thorough in explaining all the rules and safety. We were provided all the equipment (wetsuit, helmets, watershoes) but be warned, if you get cold easily like me definitely bring handwarmers and stuff them inside your suit because you get WET and VERY COLD but that did not deter from how fun the experience was!!! Our boat guide Kurt was super knowledgable, fun and have so many cool boat tricks on the rapids. They even have photographer to take pictures of you! At the end of the tour, the bus takes us back to the starting place Really well done to the Canadian Rockies Rafting team for an excellent experience!

It was a very memorable experience that I will always remember and cherish. The experienced team, including our amazing guide Ally, were all very welcoming and made this an amazing addition to our first trip to Canada. I look forward to coming back in the future and highly recommend this activity to all travelers!

the rafting was amazing! even thought it was 5°C we didn't get too cold. Our guid was entertaining and knowledgeable and we had a great time on the river would absolutely recommend this trip

It was an amazing first time experience and Josh our guide was great!! We will definitely be doing the level 3/4 next time!’

It was a good rafting tour for beginners, with occasional big waves. The guide was nice, and good at his job.