Gentle Family Rafting


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We understand that not everyone wants their outdoor experience to involve barreling down the river at full tilt, being tossed around gleefully by the whitewater.

(After all, you might be visiting Golden with older family members, young children or those who prefer not to feel like they are in the spin cycle of a washing machine. Rapids aren’t everyone’s cup of tea!)

If a peaceful, leisurely float down the river sounds like it’s more your speed, you’ll love our Gentle Family Rafting adventure. No one gets soaked on this trip, but there will be a few fun splashes and a lot of laughs.

Gliding down the river at a laid back pace will allow you to relax and soak up the scenery around you. As you paddle down the Upper sections of the Kicking Horse (British Columbia’s first designated Canadian Heritage River), you’ll be able to sit back, listen to the birds and and gaze up at the spectacular pine-clad peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains towering ten thousand feet above you.

We’ll stop for a barbeque lunch by the riverside, featuring Steak, Chicken, Grilled Alaskan Salmon or veggie burgers (food always tastes even better in the fresh mountain air).

Keep your eyes peeled as you drift through the dense green forests - you might spot a bear snuffling in a berry bush, a female deer and her fawn drinking at the water’s edge or a majestic elk with his impressive set of antlers watching the boat glide by. This is one of the best ways to go off the beaten path and see remote areas that not every tourist gets to see.

Please check in at the Alpine Office - 101 Golden Donald Upper Rd, Golden, BC V0A, Canada


  • Don’t worry if you’ve never been rafting before, you’ll be given a full safety briefing before you get on the water. This is a safe, mellow trip that is perfect for beginners and families with young children ages 4 and up.
  • The trip involves 13 km of rafting in total and will return to the Alpine Rafting Office approximately 3 hours after departure time.
  • In May and September, BBQ lunch may be substituted for a bagged lunch by the riverside. This will include fruit, a sandwich, salad, water and a snack.
  • On Saturdays during high season this trip will depart at 9:00 AM

BBQ Lunches in May and September may be substitued for a riverside bagged lunch.  This will include a sandwich, fruit, salad, water, and snack.


  • A bathing suit and towel, that’s it!
  • We’ll provide the rest, just don’t forget your sense of adventure!
  • On this trip, we also offer the option to raft an extra 4km through the heart of Yoho National Park, offering you sweeping views of these wild and beautiful landscapes.
  • It's a great adventure for kids ages 4+

We hope you can keep your river date with us. But, sometimes life happens and you need to cancel.  When you book, we collect a 50% deposit to reserve your seats. The remaining 50% will be collected the evening prior to your trip departure. Your deposit is fully refundable up until 72 hours prior to trip departure. Within the 72 hours, we would keep the deposit. If for some reason you 'no-show' on the day of your trip, 50% of your deposit will be refunded to your credit, and the other 50% retained by Alpine Rafting. We also have a $5 Per Person Cancellation Insurance that you can purchase upon checkout that waives the 72 hour cancellation period. Have more questions? Check our our Frequently Asked Questions Page

Please check in at the Alpine Office
101 Golden Donald Upper Rd, Golden, BC V0A, Canada
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