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Why Raft with Hydra?


The Kicking Horse has a reputation for being a fun river with big rapids and plenty of thrills. We know you have options about who to raft with, as of course, there are others who run the river. But not all companies are alike.

At Hydra River Guides we pride ourselves on our friendly and experienced team. We know you want a safe and memorable rafting adventure with the comfort of a private and secure river base. It’s what we have been doing for 27 years. We thank guests that have rafted with us and invite those that haven’t, to join us for a trip on the river. You won’t regret it. We know rafting.

Why Raft with Hydra?

Our River Base

Great Location

Hydra River Guides has 6 acres of land located on the banks of the Kicking Horse River.  The private land and stunning views make for a pretty amazing River Base. Our site is fully equipped with flushing toilets, change rooms, picnic area and even beach volleyball courts! Our secure parking lot allows rafters to leave their personal belongings and vehicles in safety. The sweeping river views are the perfect backdrop for guests enjoying their hearty BBQ lunch.  We have a lodge on site where you can pick up a rafting souvenir or view the rafting photos of your day.


Our river base is located 25kms east of Golden, so we are the closest rafting operator to Banff and right at the top of the river!  For those driving west from Calgary or Banff, we save you the hassle of driving right into Golden, to just be shuttled back 25kms to start your rafting trip. We would rather you spend your day on the river than in a bus! For those driving east, we are a convenient stop on the way! Our location allows us to access the river directly from our river base. So once you are kitted out with gear, we’re off!


Our Trips



Hydra River Guides rafts every section of the Kicking Horse River. So whether you are looking for a gentle family trip or a wild ride in the lower canyon, we have a trip to suit.


Hydra River Guides is the only company that offers transportation from Canmore and Banff for Kicking Horse Raft trips. So if you need a ride, we have it covered.


Our Delicious Lunch


Our Safety Standards

We offer a delicious BBQ lunch for our raft trips*. The menu includes:

 Alberta Angus beef or vegetarian burgers  |  Fresh, baked, local buns  |  Assorted salad  |  Dessert (chocolate brownies) |  Cold drinks  | Hot Drinks are available for $2 extra (Hot Chocolate, French Vanilla, Black Coffee and Green Tea)

Enjoy your lunch at our private BBQ / picnic area and challenge friends to a game of beach volleyball! * Excludes Fast Blast


Safety is our priority and Hydra River Guides prides itself on their safety record and standards. Each guide is Government Certified and carries Wilderness First Aid and Swift water Rescue Certificates.  We have on-going in-house training and safety meetings throughout the season to constantly maintain and improve our skills. The expert team consists of guides who possess experience from years of rafting around the world.


Booking Convenience 


Our Team

Along with the river base, Hydra has a booking office in Banff located at 211 Bear Street and a rafting kiosk in the Chinook Centre, Calgary, AB (underneath the escalators to the food court).  So if you prefer to book face to face, we make it easy. Of course you can always book online or call our toll free number on 1800 644 8888.


Hydra River Guides is a family owned company. Our team is passionate and experienced.  Our people, from our guides, photographer, cooks, land manager, reservation staff, head guide and owner, are there to make sure you have an amazing rafting experience; from start to finish.


Our Gear


Best River

We know you want gear that gets replaced and upgraded, which is why we offer quality rafting gear. From our Spray Jackets, to Neoprene wetsuits, Boots, Gloves, we've put a lot of thought into your comfort.

  For those looking for an awesome whitewater experience, the Kicking Horse is the place to be. Hydra is the best rafting company on the river and we offer every trip, every day. So no waiting until the weekend, to do the trip you want!