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Hydra River Guides

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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...more
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211 Bear Street | Shop 104, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Thank joh07940
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
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
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, theyโ€™re highly knowledgeable and very friendly. Great fun rafting with exquisite views from the river!More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 528elliep
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
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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, donโ€™t let it get you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank EliR918
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

Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

What an amazing experience with Hydra River Guides rafting on Kicking Horse River!!!!! We were greeted with a friendly group of staff on our visit, food was good, facilities were clean, the safety meeting was informative. Our guide, Dave E was a hoot!!!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ He knew...More

Thank Kimchomyk1982
Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

Hello Kimchomyk1982, Thank you for reviewing the Kicking Horse Classic rafting trip with Hydra! Our staff do an excellent job of welcoming people to the river base. We're happy that they made you feel excited to raft. Dave E is one of our most experienced...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