Kick Your Fun Into Overdrive
Legend has it that the Kicking Horse River was named by a surveyor in the mid-19th Century after he was unceremoniously booted by his packhorse. Whatever the reason for the name, we can confidently say the river has been kicking paddlers into high gear since the 1970s when the first forays by raft and then kayak were made. Originating in the glacial waters of Wapta Lake in the Canadian Rockies, 80-kilometre river runs past the community of Golden and is famous for its class III-IV whitewater runs. However, it also has tamer waters for intermediate paddlers and a variety of outfitters offer guided excursions here.
Featured waterways in Kicking Horse River
Here are some of the area’s best bodies of water to dip into.
Meet the specialists Kicking Horse River
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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