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Kananaskis River

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Peter Lougheed Provincial Park , Kananaskis, AB, Canada

The Basics

The Kananaskis River is a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing, and rafting. The river has plenty of calm stretches in addition to its white-water runs, making it ideal for families and beginning paddlers as well as more adventurous visitors. Choose a guided rafting trip down the Kananaskis. You’ll experience the river at its most exhilarating, and learn how to navigate the rapids safely.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Alberta

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Awesome time!
Deb_P, Sep 2021
Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure
This rafting trip was amazing and we had a great time! Our tour guide David was awesome and told us some great stories and was a great leader too! I would highly recommend this tour company and rafting experience.
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Fun and adventure!
Kerilynn_H, Aug 2021
Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure
Excellent tour! Had a blast rafting down the river with our Irish guide Ty. Next time we will try the class 4 rapids.
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Great rafting experience!
David_G, Jul 2021
Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure
Had a great rafting trip with Chinook Rafting. Our guide Maven made everyone comfortable and was very engaging with all of us. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to try out river rafting.
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It was amazing. The experience was fun and enjoyable. Maven our guide make the experience perfect.
Kelly_K, Aug 2020
Kananaskis River Rafting Adventure
The staff we extremely helpful and super fun. Everything was clean and well organized. Our guide Maven was just wonderful.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Kananaskis River is great for beginners and kids.

  • Guided tours are available, from gentle float trips to exhilarating Class I-III rapids.

  • Bring wet suits and dry layers because the Kananaskis River is glacially fed and can be very cold.

  • Several hiking trails run alongside the river.

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How to Get There

The Kananaskis River is located in the Bow Valley Provincial Park in western Alberta, just outside the city of Banff. Most Kananaskis River rafting trips include round-trip transportation from Banff or Canmore, and some may include hotel pickup and drop-off. There are many spots to view the river off Highway 40, which is also known as the Kananaskis Trail.

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When to Get There

Rafting trips on the Kananaskis River are mainly available from mid-May through mid-September. The annual Kananaskis Whitewater Festival occurs in mid-August and offers a fun-filled weekend of paddling activities. Hiking trails alongside the Kananaskis River can be enjoyed year-round.

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Canoe Meadows Whitewater Park

The section of river between Widowmaker and Canoe Meadows contains a man-made white-water obstacle course. Spectators can watch boaters run the slalom course and play in the waves from a view area above the river, which can be accessed via a trail from the Canoe Meadows parking lot.

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