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Whitewater Rafting

About Whitewater Rafting

Canada is home to some of North America’s most beautiful rivers, and rafters flock to their rapids for an exhilarating and thrilling experience, working as a team to navigate rushing waters, natural obstacles, and powerful waves. A whitewater rafting tour provides an exciting adventure that can challenge you to get outside your comfort zone and experience an adrenaline high that will rush through your veins just as fast as the river currents you float over.

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Floating Along

Many tour companies can offer a child and family-friendly option to rafting. Connect with guides who will carefully explain all safety protocols before taking up the paddles and navigating the river, as you sit back, relax, and enjoy the gentle glide along the water, as well as interesting facts and stories provided.

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Battle the Waves

Ready to take action? Gather your group for a true thrill where you take the paddles into your own hands and work together as a team to rise to the challenge of tumultuous waves, rocks and logs blocking your path, and rushing currents trying to toss you about on the river. Experience not only thrills but a true sense of accomplishment as your guide coaches your group through nature’s magnificent obstacle course.

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River Expeditions

While half-day and day whitewater rafting tours are incredibly popular, some rafters are searching for a more ambitious experience. Custom multi-day expeditions are available throughout Canada and will take you to those remote hidden gems in the wilderness. Rest at world-class campsites before taking on the river again the next day, or combine your rafting experience with a backcountry hike, fishing, or night sky viewing.

Tours with Whitewater Rafting

Enjoy an incredible Rocky Mountain experience, travel to the iconic sites, and discover hidden gems in the Jasper and Banff National Parks. This 9 day, 8 night package is accessible daily.
Enjoy truly Canadian experiences with bucket list views. Discover what makes Alberta so unique and explore the Rockies like you’ve only dreamt. This 9 day, 8 night package is accessible daily.

Build Your Own Rafting Tour

Let’s make a trip that’s uniquely yours! You decide how long, which classes of rapids, number of inclusions, everything. Start planning now and make your dream trip a reality.

Staff Picks

Sunwapta River

Head to Jasper National Park for exciting Class II and III rapids and incredible views of the surrounding mountain range.

Kicking Horse River

You might feel like you're astride a wild bucking bronco as you make your way over the turbulent currents of this river, including glacial lake waters and three different waterfalls.

Tatshenshini River

A breathtaking multi-day rafting expedition in the Yukon where you can hike up onto a glacier and float in a lake filled with icebergs

ADVENTURE

Benefits

White Water Rafting 01 Credit Banff Adventures

Build Rapport

Whitewater rafting will help your group work together, bond, and form supportive and encouraging connections.

Rafting 01 Kootenay Golden BC Credit Destination BC and Ryan Creary

Boost Confidence

Your tour guide will provide a safe experience that will nonetheless invite you to rise to the challenge of the activity and conquer your fears.

Rafting 21 Banff AB Credit Banff Lake Louise Tourism Paul Zizka

Work It Out

Exercise for both the mind and body, rafting provides a problem-solving adventure that also strengthens all the muscles in your body.

Essential Gear and Equipment

Your tour should provide all specialized equipment needed for whitewater rafting, including the raft and paddles, helmet, wetsuit, gloves, and lifejacket.

Bring a waterproof camera to capture the experience – you’ll want to leave behind valuables that could fall into the river and get lost or will be damaged from water.

Opt for closed-toe shoes that will securely stay on your feet as flip-flops are easier prey to the river. Similarly, ensure hats and sunglasses fit snugly so they don’t end up swallowed by the rapids! Bring a water bottle and snack as well as sunscreen, and try to store anything you have in a waterproof bag.

Tips

Anytime you decide to go explore nature, you should…

  • Check the weather.
  • Research the route and take a map with you. 
  • Carry the proper gear for the experience.
  • Bring extra food.
  • Tell someone where you are going.
  • Check with the Parks or tourism office for closures and wildlife updates. 
  • Follow the Leave No Trace principles.
  • Do not feed, touch or approach wildlife.
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Pay attention to all instructions from your guide, especially safety protocols and what to do if you or someone else falls out.

Listen to your guide and work as a team. The river may seem to be doing the work, but the entire raft needs to work together and paddle hard to successfully navigate the river and avoid obstacles.

On most tours, assume you’re going to get wet. If your tour does not provide a wetsuit, go for waterproof and anti-chafe clothing.

Did You Know?

For a truly unique rafting experience, you can head to the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The tidal bores of the Shubenacadie River produce huge waves (up to four metres!) perfect for thrill-seekers, and this is in fact the only place in the world that offers tidal bore rafting, where the river rapids crash against the incoming tides of the ocean. Try out mud-sliding while you’re there!

Rafting NS 01 Bay of Fundy Credit Tourism Nova Scotia Patrick Rojo

Have Questions?

Sometimes it’s just easier to talk to someone. Give us a call and let’s discuss how we can create your unique experience.

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