Top Rivers to Raft
KANANASKIS (Map A, 10N): Class III rapids were rebuilt after the 2013 flood. “The lower section is more interesting now,” says rafter Daryl Waltz.
BOW: The float below Bow Falls passes the golf course, hoodoos and Mount Rundle (Banff, Map 3, 18L). The run east of Canmore has class III to IV rapids, a waterfall drop and a canyon (Map A, 10P). KICKING HORSE: Thrill seekers love this river’s class IV rapids, and the adrenaline-inducing Lower Canyon ride, west of Lake Louise (Map 1, 6I). ATHABASCA: This heritage 1800s fur trade route (Jasper, Map 5, 17F) offers views, a canyon and falls. Class II tours suit all; paddle, or float and enjoy. SUNWAPTA: Adventurous types can find technical rapids on this class III river (Jasper, Map A, 3K). Its name even means ‘turbulent waters’! FRASER: This class III river west of Jasper (Map 1, 2N) boasts big rapids, churning eddies and views of Mount Robson. Rearguard Falls is a highlight. Aquatic adventures from white-knuckle rides to family floats are listed on pages 76 and 143.