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Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

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Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours
Water activity

Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

Activity provider: Discover Banff Tours

From US$ 96.08 per person

Jump into a raft and let the foamy rapids take you coursing swiftly through the stunning Horseshoe Canyon on the Bow River. Located less than an hour from Banff and Calgary, this rafting trip is perfect for adventure lovers with an optional cliff jump.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Take a rafting tour through the stunning Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River
  • Enjoy scenic views while you raft your way through shale canyons and awesome whitewater
  • Ramp up the excitement by jumping off a cliff into the glacier-fed Bow River
  • See the locations where many Hollywood movies have been shot
Full description
Embark on an exciting rafting trip through class 3-4 rapids and with big waves meaning you will get soaked and have lots of fun. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife sightings and enjoy the stunning outdoor beauty of the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River. Start your rafting adventure with an optional pick-up in Banff or Canmore and enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, be transported in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Bow River. Here, your guides will go through safety instructions and paddle techniques ready for your time on the river. Then it's time to jump aboard to start your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river and learn from your guide as they lead the group through different paddling techniques. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles soaring above and deer strolling along the river banks. Then, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that will get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide's instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater through the shale cliffs. At the midway point, stop for an optional cliff jump into the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River. Depending on your adventure level you can choose from a medium or a big cliff jump, or simply enjoy watching the others take the plunge. After the thrill of cliff jumping, continue rafting until you reach the endpoint. Return to the river base for high fives, snacks, and optional return transport. This tour operates from mid May to early September, with transport available from late May onwards on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Professional river guide on each raft
  • Safety instruction and practice paddle
  • River fee
  • Complimentary professional photos (available online after your tour)
  • Light snack & refreshment
  • River time 1.5-2 hours
  • Wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties, and gloves
  • Transportation from Banff or Canmore
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Children under 16 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People over 350 lbs (159 kg)
  • People under 88 lbs (40 kg)

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Meeting point

Nakoda Lodge, Highway 1A, Morley, AB T0L 1N0, Canada. Please print off the driving directions prior to your tour: https://chinookrafting.com/plan-your-trip/directions-maps/.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Daypack
  • Personal medication

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • The minimum age is 12 years and the minimum weight per person is 90 lbs
  • If the guest is unaccompanied by an adult then the minimum age is 16 years old
  • The maximum weight per person is 350 lbs
  • Guests should be physically fit and have a reasonable swimming ability
  • There are typically between 8 - 11 people per raft, plus the guide; groups larger than this will be split up on 2 rafts
  • Every guest needs to sign a waiver form; any guest under 18 years will also need a parent or guardian signature on the waiver form and an emergency contact number if the parent/guardian is not joining them on the river
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 8 participants to operate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 42 reviews

Review summary

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Get time on the water, enjoyed surfing the rapids

September 15, 2022

Chris was our guide and he was great! Told us so much information about the rapids and the mountains near by. He was nice and was good company. Highly recommend.

September 12, 2022

Top Tour, gerne wieder. ☺️

September 11, 2022


Product ID: 227890