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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
+1 800-644-8888
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 24, 2014

just returned from Banff and this was absolutely our highlight. Did this Tuesday morning and it is a great value. Our guide Dave was awesome, everyone seemed to love their guide. Thorough safety talk to start with some great humor to ease the nerves. Trip...More

3  Thank njd003
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed September 12, 2015

Found the directions misleading!! It was 1hour 45 away from Banff. We were led to believe it was 20 mins resulting in my autistic son losing his money and they wouldn't even reschedule... Terrible service wouldn't use them again!!! And very rude!!!More

2  Thank amanda_pepper70
HydraBanff, Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2015

Hi Amanda, We are sorry to hear you had a bad experience. The river base is located 1 hour and 15 minutes west of Banff. Our brochure lists the directions / distance as does our website and the booking confirmation that you received upon booking....More

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Reviewed July 2, 2018

We are a family of 7, younger person was 13 rest were all adults. We had Rob as our guide and had a great experience. Safety instructions were very clear, our equipment was checked properly before we started and again half-way through the trip. The...More

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Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with Hydra River Guides. We are glad that you enjoyed your time on the water with us. We pride ourselves on being safe AND fun, so it's good to hear that you felt so comfortable with our team. It...More

Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

The afternoon started with a delicious BBQ lunch. Before getting geared up we had a thorough safety talk which was informative and humorous. We got into the water and had an amazing time with some rough June rapids. Special thanks to our guide Adam. He...More

Thank Syed H
Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

Thanks for your review, Syed! We have to agree that the BBQ lunch is quite delicious. June is always an exciting time on the water and we are happy that you enjoyed your trip!

Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I had an amazing time. The rapids were fast but fun. Special thanks to our guide Adam. Highly recommend and we would like to come again.

1  Thank Mahwish J
Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

Thank you for your review of your whitewater rafting trip with Hydra. June typically has fast rapids which make it a lot of fun! We are glad that Adam made it extra special for you.

Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

I went rafting with my mom on our mother/(adult) daughter trip to Banff. Neither of us had rafted before. I am more adventurous than her but we both had a great time. We did the classic tour with 1 class 4 rapids which I think...More

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Tanya P, General Manager at Hydra River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

Thank you for your review, Alyssa! We agree that rafting with Hydra is fun for everyone - first timers included! We look forward to seeing you and your husband at the river base.

Reviewed June 17, 2018

We did this last week while we were vacationing in the Canadian Rockies with two of our daughters (19 and 24). It was SO MUCH FUN! The BBQ was tasty and they provided plenty of layers for warmth (the water was COLD!) while on the...More

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Reviewed June 14, 2018

Had family and friends visiting from across Canada and Europe for a birthday celebration and booked all nine of us in for a whitewater rafting afternoon that blew everyone away!! Hydra did a great job getting us oriented and ready in terms of equipment and...More

Thank DB C
Reviewed June 13, 2018

My son (15) had his heart set on white water rafting while in Banff. We chose this one because its website was easily understandable and our hotel provided a 10% off coupon. We arrived and had delicious fresh grilled burgers, salad and brownies. Dave then...More

Thank leelab633
Reviewed June 12, 2018

Had such a great trip down the Kicking Horse today with Hydra. Shout out to our guide, Adam, who was pretty darn funny. Thanks so much for all the fun!!

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Reviewed June 11, 2018

We had a wonderful afternoon of adventure on the Kicking Horse Classic! A bbq lunch followed by some easy floating and getting comfortable on the raft. Our guide, Adam, made sure we were all ready for some serious rides and splashes as well as keeping...More

Thank Elisabeth G
Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

We booked the rafting for 7 girls as a stagette and we would highly recommend the company. Erik was a fantastic guide and made our trip down the river fun and we felt prepared for the class 4 rapids. We wanted to go again at...More

Thank Ellisha C
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September 28, 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.
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