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Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure with Transport

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Banff, Canada

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Enjoy an introduction to the fun of whitewater rafting on an idyllic stretch of the Kananaskis River during this afternoon excursion that’s perfect for families and groups. During your rafting trip along the pristine waterways of the Kananaskis River, scout for local wildlife and enjoy the unrivaled beauty of the Canadian wilderness. This tour includes optional pickup from select hotels in Banff and Canmore, an experienced river guide, all equipment, and a free digital photo of your rafting adventure.
  • Rafting tour down Canada’s scenic Kananaskis River, with an optional river swim
  • Learn how to navigate adventurous rapids from your guide, in a fun and safe way
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Canadian Rockies as you cruise down the river
  • See local wildlife swimming in the blue waters, strolling the shore, or gliding in the sky
  • Includes optional hotel pickup and drop-off in Banff or Canmore
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1.5 to 2 hour rafting adventure, with an optional swim at the end
Hotel pickup and drop-off (available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
All necessary equipment (wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves)
Free photos of your rafting adventure available online
Food and drink, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please be ready 15 minutes prior to your tour time.
Pick up will be from the public bus parking area behind the Mount Royal Hotel at 12:45pm or from the front of the Coast Canmore Hotel at 1:10pm.

Departure Time

1:30 PM
This easy-going rafting trip is a great way for families and groups to sample the thrills of whitewater. Along the way, enjoy local wildlife sightings and the serene outdoor beauty of the Kananaskis River, a 46-mile waterway that flows from the Rockies into Banff’s Bow River.

Start your rafting adventure with an optional pickup in Banff or Canmore. Check with your tour operator for exact pickup times. Then enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you arrive, listen as your guides share safety instructions and paddle techniques for your time on the river. Then jump aboard to start your journey. This part of the river runs calm, allowing you the chance to admire the lovely forest environment and soaring mountains that line the banks. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles, bear, and deer strolling along the riverway.

Just when things seem to be slowing down, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide’s instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater. Your day ends with snacks, high-fives and optional return transportation to your hotel.

This is a seasonal tour running mid-May through mid-September.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transport option is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking.
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
  • Not recommended for pregnant women.
  • The minimum number for tour to run is eight people. Minimum needed for transport is three people.
  • Minimum age is 5 years old. Minimum weight is 40 pounds (18 kg). Maximum weight is 350 pounds (159 kg).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Banff Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure with Transport?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure with Transport?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure with Transport?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure with Transport?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure with Transport?
This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

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Great family fun
, Jul 2019
We had such a great time with our 8 and 5 year old kids - they loved every minute of it! The guides were funny and knowledgeable - they made it a day to remember
Kananaskis rafting
Mark M
, Jul 2019
Very friendly and helpful. Safety conscious. Very competent guides with good rafting experience. Made it a great fun hour and a half on the water
Wonderful Experience at Canadian Rockies
, Aug 2018
When our family left Banff for the rafting tour on August 2, it was raining and we felt unlucky about the weather. However, when we arrived at the meeting point, the sun came out from the cloud. Actually, we found that the rafting must have been a fun experience regardless of the weather. Our rafting guide was Richard van der Ploeg who was the head guide, leading all the rafting boats. He was very knowledgable and friendly. The wonderful experience with the rafting is largely owing to him.
Wonderful experience!
Deborah S
, Jun 2018
Nik was a delightful person and great captain. I was on vacation by myself but never felt alone. The whole crew was friendly, fun, and competent.
Fantastic experience for our family...
Kartik G
, Sep 2017
Fantastic experience for our family of 4 2 teenagers. Class 2-3 rapids made for safe but exciting trip down the river. Our guide, Dom, was terrific - knowledgable, friendly, and funny. All of the people working here were great. Recommend this for people looking for an enjoyable afternoon.
The whole tour arrangement is a...
wong l
, Aug 2017
The whole tour arrangement is a waste of time waiting and waiting. I don't expect having a big group of 100 members in our tour. If i know it's mass tourism, I never join. The tour guide of our boat is totally boring and is someone from Mexico who could speak only fair english. I regret to join this and spend my half day here. The snacks they provide a just cheap crackers and chocolate bucket from supermarket.
Viator had this listed as an...
Heather D
, Aug 2017
Viator had this listed as an intimate small group tour but when we arrived there were 120 people doing the rafting trip with us! So disappointing, especially since having a child with anxiety in crowds. It also stated 5 1/2-hour rafting. We had 90 minutes on the water, the rest of the time was spent gearing up 120 people, traveling on a school bus to the location, and getting hot chocolate after getting off the river. If you are looking for a more personal tour - then this is not the one for you. I will say, however, that our guide - Dave - was the only saving grace. Nice guy and very knowledgeable guide.
Very organised and they were all...
Philippa S
, Aug 2017
Very organised and they were all great fun, matt was really good fun. I haven't rated it a 5 because the rapids were just a little to tame and there wasn't enough of them. The latter part was a bit boring. It was good if you had young children so maybe I picked the wrong river !
This white water rafting trip is...
Louise B
, Jun 2017
This white water rafting trip is exactly as the web site describes. It is AWESOME!! Suitable for all ages - the staff are extremely well trained, friendly and engaging. Their attention to safety is excellent. Our raft captain was Tim and he is spectacular - fun, interesting and included everyone in conversation. My family highly recommend this trip - and if possible, request to be in Tim's raft!!
This was the first family river...
, Sep 2016
This was the first family river rafting experience for us and we greatly enjoyed it. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and had a great sense of humor. It was safe yet thrilling for us first-timers. Special mention goes out to our guide, Adam, without whom the experience would have been incomplete.

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