The rafting season is relatively short, but the thrill of careening down a river laced with rapids is not easily forgotten. Qualified guides operate on many rivers flowing out of the mountains. The Kicking Horse River, which flows through Yoho National Park to Golden, is run by companies based in Golden, Lake Louise, and Banff. This is the most popular river for rafting trips.
The Sunwapta River in Jasper National Park and the upper reaches of the Fraser River through Mount Robson Provincial Park are others offering big thrills.
For a more sedate river trip, try the Bow River in Banff National Park or the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park. Both are run commercially. All companies offer half- and full-day trips, including transportation, wet suits, and often light snacks.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition