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Mild Whitewater Adventure
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Ideal for families with young children: Learn to raft on class II and III rapids at a leisurely pace while surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. After rafting, play volleyball and enjoy other lodge amenities at the private Hydra River site, including a barbecue lunch.
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Pricing and availability
From $75.89 each  Adults (13 to 65) *
From $51.25 each  Children (5 to 12) *
*specify age at day of event
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Transport option: Transportation is available from Banff, Canmore, and Lake Louise for the mild trip at an extra charge. Please select the Raft Option + Transfer if you would like to take advantage of this option. Please contact the supplier to arrange final schedule details.

Inclusions :
  • Certified guides
  • Use of river-rafting gear (wetsuit, booties, spray jacket, and a fleece)
  • Use of rafting equipment
  • Barbecue lunch, including dessert and drinks
  • Roundtrip transportation between your hotel and the river site (optional upgrade)
  • US$3 river access fee

3 hours + transfer time


Departure time and location:
9:45 AM; from the Hydra River site

Return time and location:
Approx. 12:45 PM; to the Hydra River site

Participant restrictions:
Rafters must be a minimum of 45 pounds (20.4 kg) and 5 years of age to participate in the Mild Whitewater Adventure. Rafting is not recommended for pregnant women. Please consult a doctor prior to rafting if you have an existing medical condition.

Please allow at least 1 1/2 hours to arrive at the Hydra River site.

Directions from Calgary
  • Travel west on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy #1) past Banff and past the Lake Louise turnoff.
  • Keep on the highway; you will pass a town called Field. Approximately 20 minutes after Field you will see a sign reading "Leaving Yoho National Park."
  • Take the next left onto "Beaver Foot Road." You will cross over railway tracks and then over a bridge.
  • After 300 meters, turn right at the first intersection, onto "Kicking Horse Road.”
  • The site is the first driveway on the right past the red cabins (Kicking Horse Chalets); look for the Hydra sign.

    Directions from Golden
  • Take Highway #1 east towards Banff.
  • Go across the two bridges over the Kicking Horse Canyon.
  • Once out of the canyon, on flatter road, you will pass over the yellow road closure gates—look for Beaver Foot Road (a gravel road on your right).
  • Turn right down Beaver Foot Road. You will cross over railway tracks and then over a bridge.
  • After approx. 320 yards (300 m) turn right at the first intersection, onto “ Kicking Horse Road.”
  • The site is the first driveway on the right, past the red cabins. Look for the Hydra sign.

    Reservation confirmation is required. You will not be guaranteed a place on this tour without contacting Hydra River Guides in advance. There is plenty of car parking available at the Hydra site. Guide gratuity is not included and is at the participant’s discretion.

    This tour is for families with young children. You are advised to bring a bathing suit, towel, and a bag for your clothes and personal belongings. If you choose the transport option you will be back in Banff at approximately 3:30 PM; you will need to wait for another raft trip to finish before returning to Banff. All customers/participants are required to sign liability waivers before participating in this activity.
  • Redemption instructions

    After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:
    1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
    2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it iscritical to do this before you depart.
    3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

    Exchange your voucher for activity:
    Reservation confirmation is required. Please contact Hydra River Guides at least 48 hours prior to your desired activity date. Present your voucher(s) and photo ID upon arrival at the Hydra River Guides meeting location on the date of your tour. If you have selected the optional transportation option, please present your voucher(s) and photo ID to the driver upon pick-up.
    Terms and conditions

    All customers/participants are required to sign liability waivers before participating in this activity.

    Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to two days before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.