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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.

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