The Kicking Horse River in BC
by Dennis Eaton, Rafting Editor
GOLDEN, BC, CANADA - The Kicking Horse River is one of the best known for BC Rafting. The Kicking horse winds through the Yoho Valley, spilling through a narrow stretch of canyon east of Golden, BC. This river offers something for everyone, with powerful rapids, steep drops, big waves and boulders, as well as nice, calm stretches of water.
If you want rocks, waves and rapids, the Upper and Middle canyons of the Kicking Horse River are the place. This trip covers 20km/12mi and starts just west of the Yoho National Park boundary. Expect to get well soaked in a section of continuous Class III – IV rapids with telling names like Shotgun and Last Waltz. Add on the Lower Canyon section for an even more extraordinary river run.
The headwaters of the Kicking Horse River are in British Columbia’s Yoho National Park. Guided whitewater trips are available from several experienced operators in the region, many of which are located in or near Golden.
* Rated: Class II – IV
* Best time: June – September
* Approximate time required: half-day – overnight trips