It’s One of Adventure

Glacier Raft Company has been commercially running trips on the Kicking Horse River since 1982.  Glacier is Golden’s original raft company, and it’s still a favourite of locals and visitors alike.

While many changes have occurred over the years, many of the most important things have stayed the same.

We are still a small, local, family run business.  We still value safety as our ultimate priority, while striving to provide as much fun as possible.  We know it’s the little things that make a big difference, and we continue to value each and every guest who joins us.

Whether it’s your first time, or you make an annual appearance, we will welcome you into our rafting family.  We truly love what we do, and we hope to share it with you!

We are Ryan and Carmen, Glacier's newest owners, and this is our story

Like so many others, we were both originally drawn to Golden by our love of the mountains.   We quickly learned that raging rivers are another fortunate reality in Golden, and with some of the best whitewater in Canada, we found a second passion.

Ryan signed up for a raft guide course during his first summer in Golden.  2002 was his inaugural year on the Kicking Horse working for Glacier, and he has since rafted hundreds of trips and thousands of guests down the river.

Glacier was put up for sale in 2009, and being a seasoned guide and Trip Leader, Ryan saw taking on more responsibility as the next logical step.  He purchased Glacier in 2010, Carmen came on the scene shortly after, and it’s now going on six years that Glacier has been our endeavour.

We are active members of the Kicking Horse River Outfitters Association, and Ryan is a certified British Columbia River Outfitters Association Guide Examiner.  As one of the most seasoned bodies on this river, Ryan possesses a wealth of knowledge on this amazing sport, as well as the many facets of the rafting industry.  He has witnessed many changes over the last 13 years, and we are both positive about the future of rafting in this area.

As with anything in life you can’t always predict the future.  A few timed situations, random events, crossing of paths, leaps of faith and opportunities capitalized on set us on this course.

It has been challenging and we’ve faced many obstacles, but our learning is ongoing and we have plenty of ideas that are energizing our passion.  There have been many accomplishments and triumphs, and ‘wow, we’re really doing this’ moments.  We are inspired and grateful, optimistic and driven.

We came at different times and at different stages of our lives, but ultimately something drew us to this place, and it’s the place we now call home.  It’s funny where you can end up when you just let life take you.  Being able to ‘Live an Adventure’ is what we hope for our guests, and it’s what we’ve chosen for ourselves too.

Come be part of our adventure!

Ryan and Carmen