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Glacier Raft Company - Day Tours
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US$86.69*
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Rafting Adventure on the Kicking Horse River
Ranked #1 of 14 Tours in Golden
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: For over 35 years Glacier Raft Company has been providing white water rafting trips on the Kicking Horse, and other beautiful rivers around Golden B.C. We love the water and the thrill it provides and we want to share it with you! This is your life. Live an Adventure.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 26 September 2013

My wife and I had done this trip on the Kicking Horse river many years ago ,which we really enjoyed. As we had planned a trip that would take us through Golden again, I suggested we try rafting again.
When we arrived the day of our trip, all was going as planned, until the point we had to get out of the raft and with the guide, and other patrons, were asked to lug the raft out of the water, because we had to portage around an area in the river.
When we reached the point where we would re-enter the river, the same was expected of us, as in lugging the raft back down to the river, and out again when we reached the end of the trip.
I found this this very nervy, as along with myself, my wife, and others in our group that don't find this type of manual labor as easy as we might have when we were younger.
For this reason alone ,we will unlikely return.

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GlacierRaft, Manager at Glacier Raft Company - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2013

Hi Garth, Thank you for the review. I'm sorry you found the carrying the raft part of the trip unenjoyable.

The first section where we took out and carried the rafts after the middle canyon is mandatory because of an un-raftable section between it and the lower canyon. So boats need to be loaded on the trailers. After driving around this 2 km section and driving the boats down the lower canyon road, which is too steep to drive a bus down so guests need to walk it, we then need to carry the boats to the river. Which also requires the help of guests. Same thing with the take out at end of the trip.

Rafting on the Kicking Horse River is physically exerting and typically our crews form a team all day, from paddling the raft to moving it around on land a little. Those who cannot help carry the raft for whatever reason typically don't and walk behind,which happens often, or we ask some strong looking guests from other rafts to come help us out :)

This is how rafting on the Kicking Horse River has been operated on with all companies for 30 + years. It's just the nature of the river and the terrain around the river that dictates how we need to move the rafts.

There are some calmer river's out there that definitely cater to those looking for a less physically demanding trip. The Kicking Horse River is more of an exciting adventure that will leave you feeling well worked (for some) at the end of the day.

If you did enjoy the main part of the trip (the Rafting and our Guides) and want to experience that again just let us know you would rather not help in moving the rafts. That is no problem.

Thanks,

The Glacier Team

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

4 of us ladies made a trip from two different states in the US--we booked a day to go White Water Rafting. We were extremely pleased with the staff and had a WONDERFUL time. Our guide was Kris--he made our trip fun and "educational"! I'd highly suggest this company to anyone thinking about it.

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GlacierRaft, Manager at Glacier Raft Company - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2013

It's awesome to hear you had such a wonderful girls day out with Glacier! Thank you for joining us and for the great review! Cheers

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

This trip was not my first time rafting although it was my first time down the Kicking Horse River and with this company. I was not disappointed in the slightest. We were invited to sit and talk to our guides by a fire in the morning while we waited for all of the guests to show up and there was a fire waiting to warm us up when we got back again in the afternoon. They had the best rafting lunch I've ever had, with a selection of mains and so many sides and snacks that I couldn't take some of everything or I wouldn't fit in my wetsuit! The people were fantastic and funny, the food was fresh and delicious and the water was an amazing ride. We were worried because it was so late in the season (first week of Sept) that maybe we wouldn't get a super great trip out of it but we were very wrong!

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GlacierRaft, Manager at Glacier Raft Company - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2013

Thank you so much for the great review! The rafting on the Horse was awesome right up until the very end, so we're very glad to hear you had such a wonderful day. Cheers!

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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Had an awesome trip down the Kicking Horse River with Glacier Raft Company! The crew is so friendly, they aim to please and entertain. Loved every minute of it and even bought matching hoodies to remember it!

Thanks again guys!

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GlacierRaft, Manager at Glacier Raft Company - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2013

It's great to hear you had such an enjoyable day with us and thanks so much for writing us a review. We'd love to see a picture of you in your matching hoodies if you ever take one :)

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Reviewed 11 September 2013

We went on 9-10-13. What a beautiful day! The group we were with were people we met at the Bar W Ranch. What a fun bunch. Our guide was absolutely great! Friendly, knowledgeable and funny. We had mostly Class 2 rapids. Very easy to navigate. The whole experience was very professional. I would HIGHLY recommend this company! And to top it off one of the girls with us, Sophie, not from the ranch, found out after the trip that she was granted her citizenship. That was just icing on top of an already delicious cake.

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