We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hydra River Guides

211 Bear Street | Shop 104, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
+1 800-644-8888
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Kicking Horse River Whitewater Rafting
More Info
and up
Kicking Horse River Rafting Family Adventure Including BBQ Lunch
More Info
and up
Double-Whitewater Adventure on Kicking Horse River
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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?
  • Excellent91%
  • Very good6%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“kicking horse” (109 reviews)
“bbq lunch” (46 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 21:00
211 Bear Street | Shop 104, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
+1 800-644-8888
Write a Review
Reviews (645)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 629 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Ahoy me mateys. Let me tell ye th' tale o' th' great kickin' horse river raftin' adventure. In the beginning we feasted upon a bountiful banquet provided by cap'n of the bbq grill. Then we traveled down t' th' ship docks t' board our ship....More

Thank Miranda W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If this is your first white water rafting experience Hydra are the folks you want! Very experienced staff and Dave gave a safety briefing that surpassed others I've had followed up by Jaro on the trip refreshing our safety exercises. Great trip, calm beginning to...More

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wife was very nervous about this trip I had booked, but Jan our guide was absolutely brilliant, he noticed her nervousness straight away and sat her just in front of himself to give her support. The trip starts off nice and gentle and he has...More

Thank taylorhogg
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great day out! We departed Banff and had a scenic drive to Kicking Horse river. Had a thorough safety briefing, got geared up and hit the river! I've rafted in several places globally, but this was by far the best experience I've had! Make...More

Thank lanyxo
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you're going to be anywhere near this place, you've got to go. We were in Banff for a week and did so many things, but this was by far the most fun and memorable thing we did. Also, Anthea is so hilarious and informative....More

Thank Misty L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The experienced wasnt terrible, but far from good, i felt totally ripped off, they promise a level 4 rafting experience, which was not what happened. There is only one short section which was most a level 3. The tour was boring and very short, we...More

Thank Bruno S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our family of four had a brilliant time on our 2 hour experience. Two of us were more apprehensive than the others but our guide Sam, managed to put us all at ease and really made it a lot of fun. Would highly recommend the...More

Thank Katrina W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Must do and must have great crew as well as it is more fun. We were fam of 3 teenager and other from Michigan that were capable because of our instructor. He made sure we were safe and i blast. Thanks allespecially Jaan

Thank Mostic
Reviewed 4 days ago

Today my family and I went rafting on the Kicking Horse river with Hydra and it was one of the best experiences of my life! Before (or after) you go out on the water, they serve you a nice BBQ burger lunch - complete with...More

Thank emilybozik55
Reviewed 5 days ago

Trans continental Hwy 1 is a scenic drive but due to an accident further down we got held up on the road for about an hour and half. Hydra heard about the delay and called to re-assure us that most folks booked for the 1...More

Thank Amudha Muthiah C
Nearby Restaurants
Alexa Chalets - Timber Inn & Restaurant
14 reviews
17.40 km away
Cedar House Restaurant & Chalets
345 reviews
18.10 km away
Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lounge
901 reviews
21.50 km away
The Siding Cafe
254 reviews
21.53 km away
Nearby Attractions
Yoho National Park Visitor Centre
83 reviews
21.72 km away
The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation
51 reviews
21.68 km away
Natural Bridge
382 reviews
18.86 km away
Wapta Falls
106 reviews
7.63 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
29 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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.
25 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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
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