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Hydra River Guides

211 Bear Street | Shop 104, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
+1 800-644-8888
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Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting
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Kicking Horse River Rafting Family Adventure Including BBQ Lunch
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Rafting on the Kicking Horse is a MUST DO activity during your vacation to the Canadian Rockies.Hydra River Guides has been introducing visitors to whitewater rafting since 1986. We offer trips to suit all budgets and abilities. Are you ready to join us?
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211 Bear Street | Shop 104, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
+1 800-644-8888
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had so much fun rafting with Jan! He was very informative about the area and rafting, and made sure that everyone there had a blast! I will definitely go back soon.

Thank Becca W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Went on the Classic with my two teenagers. We had a blast! The second half was a tamer ride than the nonstop rapids I was expecting, but was still a lot of fun, and the kids loved it. Brett was a great guide. It's a...More

Thank dberthia
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a fantastic trip down the upper and middle section of Kicking Horse River with Dave O. This section of the river is rated class III-IV, which makes for a fun, splashy adventure. Hydra's put-in is easy to find and comfortable for guests (washrooms,...More

Thank Diantha W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Silverback team! Awesome time! Brisk water had a blast great river guide highly recommended! Had the guide Sam he wasnt a boy scout but he ate a brownie once!

Thank Austin H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Ahoy me mateys. Let me tell ye th' tale o' th' great kickin' horse river raftin' adventure. In the beginning we feasted upon a bountiful banquet provided by cap'n of the bbq grill. Then we traveled down t' th' ship docks t' board our ship....More

Thank Miranda W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If this is your first white water rafting experience Hydra are the folks you want! Very experienced staff and Dave gave a safety briefing that surpassed others I've had followed up by Jaro on the trip refreshing our safety exercises. Great trip, calm beginning to...More

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wife was very nervous about this trip I had booked, but Jan our guide was absolutely brilliant, he noticed her nervousness straight away and sat her just in front of himself to give her support. The trip starts off nice and gentle and he has...More

Thank taylorhogg
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great day out! We departed Banff and had a scenic drive to Kicking Horse river. Had a thorough safety briefing, got geared up and hit the river! I've rafted in several places globally, but this was by far the best experience I've had! Make...More

Thank lanyxo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're going to be anywhere near this place, you've got to go. We were in Banff for a week and did so many things, but this was by far the most fun and memorable thing we did. Also, Anthea is so hilarious and informative....More

Thank Misty L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The experienced wasnt terrible, but far from good, i felt totally ripped off, they promise a level 4 rafting experience, which was not what happened. There is only one short section which was most a level 3. The tour was boring and very short, we...More

Thank Bruno S
HydraBanff, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Bruno Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear you felt disappointed by the tour. This is definitely not the typical feedback we receive. The river is a mixture of class 1 to class 4 rapids. It is a glacier fed river,...More

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28 September 2016|
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Response from Bernard E | Reviewed this property |
I would contact them directly, they are friendly and helpful and I am sure they can let you know how late into the season they run.
25 July 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
22 April 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