Hydra River Guides

211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff, T1L 1A8, Alberta, Canada


Hydra River Guides has been rafting the Kicking Horse River for 25 years. With time, comes experience, and Hydra is now one of the biggest rafting companies on the river. We pride ourselves on our qualified staff and a strong safety record. Our mission is to ensure every guest has an unforgettable rafting experience.

We offer a great selection of whitewater trips, catering to all tastes and abilities. Our guides are experienced and our equipment is top quality, ensuring you have a memorable rafting adventure.

The Hydra operation takes place at our River base, located on the banks of the Kicking Horse River, 45 minutes west of Lake Louise and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Banff. Hydra River Guides is one of the few companies fortunate to own a private river base. The site is fully equipped with flushing toilets, male / female change rooms, picnic area, BBQ, beach volleyball courts and car parking, all available for use by our rafting clients. We have a lodge used for rafting check ins, where you can pick up a rafting souvenir or view the rafting photos of your day.

Our booking centres are based in Banff and Calgary.




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Directions from Calgary / Banff / Lake Louise:

Travel west on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy #1) past Banff and past the Lake Louise turnoff. Keep on the highway and you will pass a town called Field, approx 20 minutes after field you will leave Yoho National Park. Take the next right turn onto Beaver Foot Road (via underpass, off hwy). Look for Hydra signage. Cross over railway tracks and then over a bridge. Turn right onto Kicking Horse Road. Our site is the first driveway on the right, past the cabins with red roofs. Look for the Hydra sign.

Directions from Golden:

Take Hwy #1 East. Pass through the town of Golden. We are located approximately 25 kms or 20 minutes from Golden. Look for a right hand turn called Beaver Foot Road. (A gravel road to your right). Turn right down Beaver Foot Road. Cross over railway tracks and then over a bridge. At the first intersection, turn right onto “Kicking Horse Rd”. Our site is the first driveway on the right, past the cabins with the red roofs. Look for the Hydra sign.

Hydra also offers transportation from Banff for $20 per person plus tax

Mailing address
211 Bear Street, Banff
Zip / Postcode
T1L 1A8
State / Region

Latitude: 51.2889762
Longitude: -118.261851