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Hydra River Guides

211 Bear Street | Shop 104, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
+1 800-644-8888
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Rafting on the Kicking Horse is a MUST DO activity during your vacation to the Canadian Rockies.Hydra River Guides has been introducing visitors to whitewater rafting since 1986. We offer trips to suit all budgets and abilities. Are you ready to join us?
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the water is about 4 degrees (and someone who hates the cold) the team were great with all the safety briefings and getting you all kitted up. With the full length wetsuit and booties, additonal long sleeve wetsuit jacket which I opted for it...More

Thank allyhuggs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an awesome adventure!!! We had the best time and we all feel as though we may have found a new hobby! Jarro was so awesome!!! He made us feel so comfortable and safe in all that we did! His safety focus was amazing and...More

Thank Louise G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been white water rafting several times but this experience was the best! Not only is he kicking Horse river a blast with several class 4 rapids that were a real thrill but the water is so cold that every splash is invigorating. Our...More

Thank LarryDoyleJr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went yesterday out on the river on their morning classic. The river was quite high and fast, which made for an adrenaline rush to remember! Dave E was great in the safety briefing and he was also a fantastic guide on the river! The...More

Thank Emily W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off the drive out to Golden, BC was amazing! We were staying in Canmore, AB. Well worth the drive out! All six of us in the boat came from Canmore. We started off with the lunch that they provided which was burgers on a...More

Thank Rick U
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hydra River Guides provided a top class experience from start to finish. The classic trip down the Kicking Horse started with a great grill out with burgers (beef and veggie), salads and brownies. Instruction on the trip was informative and had just the right amount...More

Thank bwfoodie
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We had the best time with Hydra River Guides! We were a family of 9 from ages 7- 70 and we went out with Jaro and he was so much fun! The whole experience from beginning to end was fantastic. From booking, to check in,...More

Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Not sure of what the ride was going to be like but was not disappointed..You are on the river for about 2ish hours after being kitted out, given a safety talk and the bbq lunch...Our team leader was Jan who was fantastic and didnt hold...More

Thank nov000
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We had a fantastic trip with The Hydra River Guides. We chose the afternoon Kicking Horse Classic trip. The 1.5 hour drive from Banff to the river base is spectacular and we arrived in time to enjoy the excellent BBQ lunch. The safety briefing was...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We are very meticulous with the time we chose a tour, so we did our research 6 months before to investigate what were the best rafting tours in Banff. We found this tour and it was named as one the most recommended. Normally when you...More

1  Thank Desiree W
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Are these available this late in the season?
28 September 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.
What will the water level be like in the river in late August? Is it still good rafting conditions? And, how far is the starting point from Calgary?
25 July 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
Do you have age requirements? Sounds like a blast. I have 3 children....ages 11,10, and 7.
22 April 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