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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

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
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“Fun times all the way around!”
Fun times all the way around!
July 30, 2018, by jess_s_bud
Work sent me and some colleagues on the Excitor tour. We had a blast! The staff were all very personable, clear with their communication, friendly and fun. The facility was clean and organized...
“A must-see while in Golden.”
A must-see while in Golden.
July 10, 2018, by kdw38
Interesting covered bridge for pedestrians over the fast-flowing Kicking Horse River built of heavy timbers in 2001. Display boards on the bridge give information about its construction. A free...
“Adventure with a view”
Adventure with a view
July 07, 2018, by cbrkc
Absolutely fabulous experience rafting with Alpine Rafting. They were very experienced and professional. They outfitted you with wetsuit and helmets. I felt we were with very experience guides. It...