Welcome to The Kootenays & The Rockies

Coming from the west, the mountain majesty builds as if choreographed. The roughly parallel ranges of the Monashees and the Selkirks striate the West Kootenays, with the Arrow Lakes adding texture. Appealing towns such as Revelstoke and Nelson nestle against the mountains and are centers of year-round outdoor fun. The East Kootenays cover the Purcell Mountains region below Golden, taking in Radium Hot Springs and delightful Fernie.

BC's Rocky Mountains national parks (Mt Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Kootenay) don't have the profile of Banff and Jasper National Parks over the border, but for many that's an advantage: each has its own spectacular qualities, often relatively unexploited by the Banff-bound hordes.

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$107.83 Water Sports

Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on Kicking Horse River

Enjoy a day of thrills and heart-pumping action on a Kicking Horse River whitewater rafting tour. The Kicking Horse River runs through the Yoho National Park in the picturesque Canadian Rockies, and in addition to its natural rafting conditions, it also contains man-made "spiral tunnels" to enhance your whitewater rafting experience. While on the river, keep your eye out for wildlife including mountain goats, elk, wolverines, bald eagles and more! All three tour options are well-suited for all experience and fitness levels; you must be a minimum height of 4'11" (149.8 cm) and weight of 90 lbs (41 kg). Full Day Rafting Trip: Your day begins on the calmer sections of the Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park. Spend the morning rolling along glacial waters and learning to work as a team. Following your riverside BBQ lunch (see lunch menu in the Itinerary section below), your afternoon is spent tackling the Class 3 and Class 4 rapids of the Middle Canyon. Half Day Rafting Trip: If you want to experience whitewater rafting but lack the time for a full-day adventure, the half day whitewater rafting tour is the answer, providing just the right amount of fun! Enjoy 7 miles (12 km) of rafting on the Middle Canyon of the Kicking Horse River with Class 3 and Class 4 rapids. This trip is ideal if you are driving in from Banff, Lake Louise, Revelstoke or Radium and don't want to rise early.

$53.77 Water Sports

Whitewater Rafting on Toby Creek

Toby Creek is home to spectacular views and offers thrilling whitewater rafting and family fun. This 2-hour trip is ideal for the young – and the young at heart – and this river is great for first timers, or seasoned whitewater rafting veterans. The rapids are rated from Class One (moving water) to Class Six (waterfalls). The Toby Creek whitewater rapids are 25% Class One, 50% Class Two, and 25% Class Three. Meet at Panorama Mountain Village, located just 40 minutes from both Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs and 20 minutes from Invermere. Please arrive 20-minutes prior to the departure time. A bus will drive you to the start of the trip, where you'll be provided with a personal flotation device, wet suits, spray jackets, helmets, river shoes, and changes rooms. Once you're all geared up, listen to a safety speech from your licensed professional river guide. The Toby Creek is a great first time rafting experience for kids 8 years and older.

$77.09 Water Sports

Half-Day Kicking Horse River White-water Rafting Adventure

This rafting excursion in the afternoon offers just the right amount of adventure for those who don’t need the full-day experience of the Kicking Horse Classic. Depart from the Alpine Rafting Office at 12:15pm. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the trip departure time. During the summer season, this trip also departs on Saturdays at 11:15am.After a safety briefing, make your way to the water. Then take on 7 miles (12 km) of the Middle Canyon on the Kicking Horse, where you’ll experience Class 3 and Class 4 rapids. Whether you’re new to rafting or an experienced pro, this tour provides a taste of the amazing scenery and adrenaline-fueled white water of these Canadian rapids. You'll return to the Alpine Rafting Office approximately 3 hours later. As an added bonus, digital  photos from your day of rafting will be available to at no charge! All equipment is provided to get you all setup for a day out on the water - including a wetsuit, neoprene boots, goretex spray jacket, life jacket and helmet. Neoprene gloves are also available onboard for your comfort. However, you may want to bring a fleece or wool sweater to wear as an extra layer of warmth on top of the wetsuit but underneath the spray jacket. 

$83.46 Water Sports

Kicking Horse River Canadian Rockies Rafting Adventure

Discover what you can do with White Water Discovery, the perfect introductory trip for someone who is new to river rafting, but still wants to experience some of our biggest whitewater. Our Discovery trip rafts the upper and middle sections of the Kicking Horse River, and it combines some of the best scenery and whitewater this river has to offer.This trip is great for people new to the sport because it starts with the calmest section and gradually builds into exciting class 3 and class 4 rapids. You’ll enjoy our riverside barbecue lunch (please advise your lunch preference at the time of booking) and then move on to the excitement of the middle canyon. The middle canyon starts with a 1 kilometer stretch of class 4 whitewater and from there it continues through various class 3 and class 4 rapids. Make it a quick trip by selecting White Water Express, which is perfect for anyone who wants an exciting bit of whitewater, but is on a time crunch. White Water Express is our shortest trip and it gets right into the big stuff in the middle canyon of the Kicking Horse River. The Express contains a lot of very fun whitewater, starting off with a 1 km stretch of class 4 rapids known as ‘Portage and Shotgun’. It’s followed by many more class 3 and class 4 hits; rapids such as Roller Coaster, Twin Towers and Last Waltz.

$112.35 Water Sports

Whitewater Rafting on Kicking Horse River Including Lunch

Meet at the Kicking Horse Basecamp at 12pm. First, enjoy a delicious riverside lunch of BBQ steak, chicken or vegetarian options. After lunch, your local tour operator will provide all the appropriate river gear (helmets, wetsuits, river shoes, life jackets, etc.) to make the Kicking Horse experience not only amazing but comfortable and safe. Once you're all geared up, listen to a thorough safety speech on what you can expect. Make the most of your adventure while staying safe. Groups will be separated into boats with qualified experienced Kicking Horse guides. Each guide will go over a boat paddle talk and then take you onto the Kicking Horse River for some practice.The upper part of the Kicking Horse is a scenic trip with Class 2 and 3 rapids which allows you to get comfortable in the rafts. You will then run the best white water in the Canadian Rockies with Class 3 to 4 rapids including "Portage and Shotgun", Roller Coaster, the Twin Towers, and the Last Waltz - just to name a few. After the trip, enjoy a short bus ride back from the river to the Kicking Horse Basecamp where you can see the pictures from the trip. The whole trip takes 4 hours to complete and is an easy drive from Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise and Golden.

$112.91 Water Sports

5-Hour Wapta Falls Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

After meeting at the Alpine Rafting Office at 10am, your guide will give you a safety briefing prior to getting on the water.Your 5-hour tour begins on the meandering beaverfoot river. It's poignant green colour and the mountains of Yoho and Kootenay National Parks are a stunning backdrop for this once in a lifetime adventure. Catch a glimpse of wildlife as you glide along silently. Remnants of early homesteading and logging can be seen along the river banks. Navigating a river on a stand up paddleboard can be challenging, but your guide is there to help you with tips and tricks. If you get overwhelmed, you can always sit on your knees on the board to lower your centre of gravity. You'll paddle the Beaver River to it's terminus above Wapta Falls. From here, take the most breathtaking photos as you stand upstream of Wapta Falls.To the east, gaze in awe at Mount Chancellor, a stunning peak in Yoho National Park that is over 10,000 feet. And to the west, hear the deep thunder of mighty Wapta Falls. Then travel a historic portage trail from the Upper Falls to the Lower Falls. Stop at three viewpoints for incredible photo opportunities and to soak in the falls in all its glory. You'll paddle along the path less travelled and experience Yoho National Park and Wapta Falls in a way that only a handful of people get to do every summer. Arrive downstream of the base of the Falls and paddle along the Kicking Horse River. The pace picks up as you navigate Class 1 and Class 2 rapids on your stand up paddleboards under the supervision of your guide. 4 kilometres later, you'll reach the take out point and enjoy a well deserved lunch. At the end of your tour, enjoy free digital photos of your day paddleboardng. Everyone is equipped with a stand up paddleboard, paddle, and all necessary gear. Group sizes are between 2-9 people and there is a guide for every 5 guests.

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