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WHITEWATER RAFTING ON THE KICKING HORSE RIVER
The Whitewater Rafting Offered on the Kicking Horse River In Golden BC, is the biggest Whitewater You'll find in BC & Alberta. The Lower Canyon sections offers 4 km of Class IV + Whitwater which is North America's longest stretch of commercially rafted Class IV +. The Kicking Horse River starting point for rafting trips in on the Trans Canada Highway, minutes from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and is really quite easy to find
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE RIVER
The Kicking Horse River originating in Yoho National Park, is a classic example of a glacier-fed mountain river.
It’s source is the meltwater from the Icefields that straddle the Great Divide. The Kicking Horse flows through the Eastern and Western Main Ranges of the Rocky Mountains.
From Wapta Lake, in Kicking Horse Pass, to the park’s western boundary, the river drops 800 metres over 49 kilometres. After leaving the park, downstream from Wapta Falls, the River tumbles through the Kicking Horse Canyon and joins the Columbia River in Golden.
The Entire Length of the Kicking Horse River is 52 Kilometres, with the raftable sections beginning just downstream of Wapta Falls ( A great hike in Yoho National Park if you have time) d
HOW THE RIVER GOT IT'S NAME
The River’s unusual name stems from an incident near Wapta Falls in August 1858, Sir James Hector writes:
“A little way above this fall one of our pack horses, to escape the fallen timber, plnged into the stream, luckily where it formed an eddy, but the banks were so steep that we had great difficulty in getting him out. In attempting to recatch my own horse, which had strayed off while we were engaged with the one in the water, he kicked me in the chest, but I had luckily got close to him before he struck out, so that I did not get the full force of the blow. However, it knocked me down and rendered me senseless for some time. This was unfortunate, as we had seen no tracks of game in the neighbourhood, and were now without food:but I was so hurt that we could not proceed further that day at least
-James Hector, 1858 Personal Journals
“Depending on the time of year, look for moose, deer, elk, black bear, grizzly bear and mountain goats in the sub-alpine region along the river banks. Alpine Areas are home to mountain goats, marmot, pika and grizzly bear. We sometimes see Goats along the Rocky Cliffs of the Middle Canyon”
For more Information about the Kicking Horse River, Visit www.kickinghorseriver.com