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The Kicking Horse River

The Kicking Horse River descends swiftly from the ice fields of the Canadian Rockies, slows briefly into a broad, U-shaped valley, then plunges wildly to its Columbia River confluence. Rising from the ice-cold glacial waters of Wapta Lake, and joined by the tributaries of the Yoho, Emerald, Amiskwi and Ottertail Rivers, the Kicking Horse falls steeply in its upper reaches before widening onto a flattened valley floor. Suddenly, it drops again, rushing recklessly through the narrow, turbulent channels of the infamous Kicking Horse Canyon. The Kicking Horse is a river of contrasts: wild and free, it flows untamed and unobstructed through some of Canada's most spectacular mountain terrain. The waters of the Kicking Horse flow through the protected lands of Yoho National Park, part of the vast and beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. As an ecological, recreational, and historical jewel of the Canadian West, the Kicking Horse enjoys the distinction of being the first British Columbian river to be recognized as a Canadian Heritage River.
The water level for the Kicking Horse River is measured on the gauge located below the north end of the Hwy. 95 bridge in town. Hydrometric data for the Kicking Horse River is provided by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

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“Breathtakingly Beautiful ”
Breathtakingly Beautiful
August 21, 2019, by EagerB
This wild and breathtakingly beautiful river is one of British Columbia’s true wonders. There are several spots to view its magnificent beauty and out next trip into this area, we are going to do...
August 12, 2019, by Paul H
Running very fast at the moment and being slate grey it looks really awesome. So much energy and power.
“White Water Rafting”
White Water Rafting
July 04, 2019, by stardutta
Amazing tour guide Justin Case made my first white water rafting experience enjoyable and memorable. Great humor and direction... thank you!!!!
Golden, BC