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Rafting in Alberta
Rafting in Alberta is a truly unique experience with exciting white water flowing through the ruggedly beautiful scenery of the rocky mountain foothills. Here are some great options for a day on the water in Alberta:
The town of Grand Cache offers a variety of rivers from mild to wild. Sulphur River offers great family fun with class 3 white water and fantastic scenery. Sheep Creek steps it up a notch with full on class 3-4 rapids.
Moving south to Jasper you can explore the beauty of Jasper National Park by raft on the Sunwapta and Athabasca Rivers. Both rivers a suitable for families and offer outstanding views of the snow capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains.
The Red Deer River west of Sundre is where rafting started out in Alberta. Explore Alberta’s rafting roots on class 2-3 white water suitable for all levels.
The Bow Valley east of Banff National Park offers some great options; the Kananaskis River is a fantastic class 2 river the whole family will enjoy. The Horseshoe canyon on the Bow River offers a quick taste of some great class 3-4 rapids.
For something truly unique check out the Highwood River just south of Calgary. Flowing East from Highwood Pass the Highwood River has a fantastic day of class 3-4 white water that is suitable for beginners and experienced rafters alike.
Rafting the Kicking Horse River
Originally called the Wapta River by the Cree natives that lived near its banks, it was renamed during the famous Palliser expedition when James Hector was kicked in to the river by his horse. The Kicking horse river takes a steep decent through the kicking horse pass starting on the continental divide just west of Lake Louise and flowing into the Columbia River in the town of Gloden BC.
The Kicking Horse River is a great option for those looking for a fun day of white water rafting. There are several options for all levels of thrill seeker.
The upper section is mostly class 2 and is a great option for the whole family, further on the middle section is the most commonly run and has some great class 3-4 rapids. The lower Canyon has the biggest water on the river and is only run when the levels are right. All three sections can be run on their own or combine together for a full day on the water.
For a similar experience closer to home with fewer crowds check out the Highwood River.