Kayaking in Golden, BC
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Kayaking BC’s glacial fed lakes and rivers is the classic memory for any Canadian Rockies adventure. Whether you’re coming from Calgary, Edmonton or other parts of Canada, or from anywhere in the world, take home some memories this summer with the help of Golden River Adventures. Come rent an inflatable kayak and get out exploring. Our inflatable kayaks are suitable for all skill levels.  Enjoy the freedom of your own kayak on the water, or paddle with a friend.  All kayaks seat two people.


WAPTA FALLS  – A Paddling option for EXPERIENCED Paddlers Only

Today, we can travel historic routes and imagine the hardships that must have been endured on these shorelines. mountain passes and trails. The result is one of the most unique river trips in the Canadian Rockies, travelling the historic trade routes. Beginning at the Beaver River, you’d travel to the confluence of the Beaver and Kicking Horse Rivers. From there, in true Canadian fashion, you’d engage in a short portage along one of the original portage routes of the Canadian West. Natives and explorers alike travelled these exact waterways and trails centuries ago. Highlights include paddling to the base of Wapta Falls, the most photographed waterfall in the Rockies.

From there you’d continue down Class 1 Whitewater. Most of this tour occurs within Yoho National Parks, and at any point participants can glance up for sweeping views of Mount Chancellor, the Canadian Rockies peak over 10,000 feet that straddles the Western Flank of this world-renowned Mountain Range. The trip is 5 hours in length from start to finish and you must be comfortable on the water to attempt this trip.


The Kicking Horse & Columbia River waterways through the town of Golden boast a historical significance to the Columbia area. With the stunning backdrop of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and the the Purcell Mountain Range, this trip is shorter and more accessible to newer paddlers than the option listed above.

You will see remnants of the old docks of a bygone area that were at one time a lifeline for the residents of Golden to accessing goods. You’ll travel under the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, the longest covered timber bridge in Canada. Once you come to the terminus of the Kicking Horse River you will travel the Columbia River for a short while. This is a good time in the evening to catch a glimpse of beavers, otters or a black bear near the water’s edge, although it is not guaranteed.

In the late summer and fall we often see Kokanee Salmon, a freshwater species of Salmon. With a guide ratio of 5:1 Reservations are strongly recommended.