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Kicking Horse River

The Kicking Horse River is one of the wildest, most intense recreational waterways in Canada and is popular with kayakers for its Class II to IV rapids.
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
5.0 based on 93 reviews
“Lots of fun worth the money”
Lots of fun worth the money
June 08, 2019, by Tyni_Tim
We had such a blast. our guide Erik was alot of fun and kept us entertained the whole time. At one point he even had us standing up on the raft going over Rapids. It was great. 10/10 would go again...
“Confluence of Yoho and Kicking Horse RIver”
Confluence of Yoho and Kicking Horse RIver
June 05, 2019, by betty l
We were on the way to Takakaw Falls and the roads to the falls was closed. At the road bent we found a marker stating Confluence of Yoho and Kicking Horse River. The place doesnt have a proper...
“Rafting on the Kicking Horse River”
Rafting on the Kicking Horse River
November 13, 2018, by 34brendanh
The 13.7 mile river that has class 4 rapids is billed as the wildest ride in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival, we suited up with several layers given the temperature of both the air and water...