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Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: Canada, Alberta, Banff
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Enjoy a beautiful day rafting down the picturesque Kananaskis River in Alberta, Canada. This day trip from Banff or Canmore will get you into a raft and cruising down for 1.5 - 2 hours on the turquoise waters of the Kananaskis River, one of Alberta’s most pristine waterways. This excursion is an ideal introduction to the thrill of whitewater rafting, and is great for families or groups on the class 1-3 rapids. Spot local wildlife and soak up Canada’s unparalleled beauty as you cruise down this beautiful river. Includes optional pick-up and drop-off in Banff and Canmore.

What You Can Expect

After pick-up from Banff or Canmore (optional), take a brief but picturesque ride through the Canadian countryside to the tour meeting point. Listen as the professional guides explain how to paddle and give safety instructions for your epic 1.5 to 2 hour adventure down the Kananaskis River, which originates in the Canadian Rockies and flows 46 miles (74 km) before emptying into the Bow River.

Relax as you cruise along the calm parts of the river, taking in the scenery of craggy mountains and verdant trees. Keep an eye out for wildlife like eagles and other birds soaring overhead and bears or deer walking along the banks of the river.

But don’t relax for too long — this is still an adventurous river. Listen as your guide directs you to navigate the periodic rapids. Hang tight as you bump up and down over the white water as if it were an aquatic bronco. When your rafting adventure comes to an end, you’ll be rewarded with snacks and high-fives, before relaxing on the ride back to your starting point.

Please note: This is a seasonal tour running mid-May through mid-September, transport option is available from late May on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


  • 1.5 to 2 hour rafting adventure, with an optional swim at the end
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected, available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
  • Snacks
  • All necessary equipment (wetsuits, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves)
  • Free photos of your rafting adventure available online


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drink, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Transport option is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking.
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
  • Not recommended for pregnant women.
  • The minimum number for tour to run is eight people. Minimum needed for transport is three people.
  • Minimum age is 5 years old. Minimum weight is 40 pounds (18 kg). Maximum weight is 350 pounds (159 kg).

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Nakoda Lakeside Lodge

Pickup available from the following Banff and Canmore locations (for an additional cost):

Canmore, Alberta:
  • Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre (Hotel address: 511 Bow Valley Trail)

Banff, Alberta:

  • Parking lot directly behind the Mount Royal Hotel (Hotel address: 138 Banff Avenue)

Departure Time

1:30pm at Nakoda Lakeside Lodge. Check-in starts at 1:15pm, please arrive on time.

Hotel pick-ups commence prior to this time at approximately 12:45pm.

You must contact the local service provider to verify your exact departure time (contact details will be provided on your confirmation voucher).


4 hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Tour Options

Transport Included


Please specify preferred pick-up location (behind the Mount Royal Hotel in Banff or the Coast Canmore Hotel) at checkout.
Transport NOT included


If choosing "No Transport" option, mark N/A in hotel pick-up details at checkout.

User's Reviews

Image - 01 Sep 2017 -

Kartik G

Fantastic experience for our family of 4 2 teenagers. Class 2-3 rapids made for safe but exciting trip down the river. Our guide, Dom, was terrific - knowledgable, friendly, and funny. All of the people working here were great. Recommend this for people looking for an enjoyable afternoon.

Image - 30 Jun 2017 -

Louise B

This white water rafting trip is exactly as the web site describes. It is AWESOME!! Suitable for all ages - the staff are extremely well trained, friendly and engaging. Their attention to safety is excellent. Our raft captain was Tim and he is spectacular - fun, interesting and included everyone in conversation. My family highly recommend this trip - and if possible, request to be in Tim's raft!!

Image - 25 Sep 2016 -


This was the first family river rafting experience for us and we greatly enjoyed it. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and had a great sense of humor. It was safe yet thrilling for us first-timers. Special mention goes out to our guide, Adam, without whom the experience would have been incomplete.

Image - 14 Sep 2016 -

Jamie M

Caroline was an awesome Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure tour guide!

Image - 08 Aug 2016 -

Benita H

Marshall our safety instructor was awesome! Informative, knowledgable, witty. He also happened to be our raft's guide. Skilled, friendly, witty. So much fun! One of my bucket list items! Will definitely go with Chinook Rafting again!

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