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For Paddlers, This Place is Worth its Weight in Gold

We could tell you that Golden offers innumerable water-related experiences from canoeing the nearby Columbia River, which boasts the largest intact wetlands in North America, to rafting the world-famous Kicking Horse River. But instead we’ll just say there’s a reason the largest paddle in the world is located here. Talk about cred.

Featured waterways in Golden

Here are some of the area’s best bodies of water to dip into.

Columbia River Wetlands

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Kicking Horse River

Named by a surveyor in 1858 who was reportedly booted by his pack horse, this world-class river has been thrilling paddlers for decades.

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Meet the specialists Golden

From guides and instructors to marina owners and sales reps, here are the people who will ensure you’re not sent up the creek without a, well, you know. 

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Alpine Rafting

Alpine Rafting is located in Golden BC on the famous and beautiful Kicking Horse River.

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Columbia Wetlands Outpost

Explore the stunning Columbia Wetlands with self-guided rentals and unique accommodations for special occasions.

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Float Golden

Float Golden offers the most affordable paddle board rentals throughout Golden.

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Glacier Raft Company

Go whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River with Goldens original rafting company, Glacier Raft Co.

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Golden Paddle

Golden Paddle provides many different watersports rentals for their guests.

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Golden River Adventures

At Golden River Adventures try something new with their inflatable kayak rentals and create your own adventure.

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Hydra River Guides

Hydra River Guides offers many different activities, whether it’s a fast paced rafting trip or a gentle canoe ride they have it all.

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Kootenay River Runners: Golden

Kootenay River Runners in Golden BC explores the mighty Kicking Horse River.

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Wet n Wild Adventures

Experience thrilling rafting trips down the Kicking Horse River with Wet n Wild Adventures.

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Wild Water Adventures

Wild Water Adventures is known to be the best organized whitewater rafting trips near Banff.

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The Best Whitewater Rafting in British Columbia

The Kicking Horse is only one of many whitewater experiences that make British Columbia one of the best rafting destinations in the world.

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