Today my family and I went rafting on the Kicking Horse river with Hydra and it was one of the best experiences of my life! Before (or after) you go out on the water, they serve you a nice BBQ burger lunch - complete with brownies, yum! - and then they give you an informative but highly amusing low-down on safety issues. Then you suit up in wetsuits (mine was purple and I was most pleased) and split you up into groups and take some photos before you head down to the water.
Our tour guide and Captain of the Waters, Kyle, was funny, informative, and impressed us right off the bat by learning everyone's names and finding out about us. He easily taught us all the lingo we needed to know, let us go for a dip in the river to cool off (it gets HOT in those wet suits when the sun is beating down) and then took us for the most wild ride ever!
At no point did I feel scared or unsafe, and I'm not exactly a thrill-seeker. Kyle kept us all right on track and took us to bits of the rapids that he knew we'd enjoy, once he gauged our skill level and knew what we could handle.
Once you reach the end, they bring you back up via schoolbus and you can see your photos (someone hikes down to the river to snap shots of you as you go past!) and you peel off your gear and say goodbye.
I cannot express enough how friendly, funny, and knowledgeable every single person who works there is. They made this the BEST day and I would (and will) do it again in a heartbeat. You can't get tired of rafting down that river with those amazing people.
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