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It’s One of Adventure

We live to be outside. We live to be exploring and playing and appreciating the outdoors. Running a rafting company allows us to do this, and it allows us to share our beautiful playground with you.

Being outside gives us a feeling of calm. It makes us happy and appreciative and it doesn't even matter what we're doing. Walking through the forest, laying in the sun, standing in the breeze or getting our feet wet in the river. This is when we're the most fulfilled.

We think everyone should spend more time outside and that you'll feel this connection too. Take some time away from the busyness of each day to slow down and notice the environment around you.

The connection to something much bigger than ourselves gives us a lot of perspective. Even in the craziest moments, it gives us the, 'ya, everything is going to be okay' feeling.

It's our planet that sustains us and now more than ever we need people to feel the connection. We only get one home and it's our responsibility - all our responsibilities - to do what we can to protect it.

We do our best to have a minimal impact. Treading lightly on the environment is important to us.

We're fortunate to live where we do. We love how we feel when we spend time outside, and we want you to have that feeling too.

The Kicking Horse River is spectacular. We appreciate it, respect it and celebrate it, and we hope you'll get the chance to come experience it for yourself.

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

We were both drawn to Golden by our love of the mountains. We came at different times and at different stages of our lives, but our love of the outdoors drew us to this place.

We both came with the intention of spending one winter season. It seems like that's the intention of a lot of people who come to Golden, and as is true for most of them, we're all still here.

It didn't take long to realize summer in Golden is as amazing as the winter, and that was it.

Ryan signed up for a raft guide course during his first summer in Golden. 2002 was his inaugural year on the Kicking Horse, and in 2009 Glacier went up for sale.

We purchased Glacier in 2010 and it’s now over ten years that Glacier has been our baby.

The thought process was, 'If you know how to row guests down the river, you know how to run a rafting company, right?'

Well, we didn't quite have it right, but our determination and willingness to learn (A LOT!) has made this a journey we're very proud of.

We're active members of the Kicking Horse River Outfitters Association (KHROA), the British Columbia Rivers Outfitters Association (BCROA), and Ryan is a certified BCROA Guide Examiner.

Ryan is one of the most experienced raft guides in Golden and he possesses a wealth of knowledge on our river. He has rafted tens of thousands of guests down the Kicking Horse, as well as several other rivers in B.C.

As with anything in life you can never predict the future. Random events, crossing of paths, leaps of faith and opportunities capitalized on. This is what set us on this course.

It has been challenging and we’ve faced many obstacles. Neither of us has business education, but we've always let our integrity and morals lead the way. We care about our staff and our guests and always doing what's right for both.

Our learning is ongoing and we have plenty of ideas that are energizing our passion. We're grateful for what we're doing.

It’s funny where you end up when you let life take you. Being able to ‘Live an Adventure’ is what we hope for you, and it’s what we’ve chosen for ourselves too.

Come be part of our adventure!

Carmen and Ryan

Who is Glacier Raft Company?

Glacier is Golden's original rafting company, operating on the Kicking Horse since 1982. Many changes have occurred over the years but the important stuff has always stayed the same.

We are a small, local, family run business. We value safety as our priority, while making sure you have as much fun as possible. We know it’s the little things that make a big difference, and we continue to value you - every guest who joins us.

We strive to exceed your expectations and share with you our beautiful home. We want you to have an experience you'll keep reliving for a long time after you leave.

With over 1500 five star reviews, you can get a real sense of what people love about us. Here is a small sneak peak.

Had an absolute blast with my buddies for my bachelor party! Our guide Darren made it insanely fun, especially with his 'facts' about our great country. He was very skilled and professional, and we could tell we were in good hands the whole day... I can speak on behalf of the other 5 guys I was with that it was a perfect day, and we will be returning! ... The staff are truly amazing and professional and we can't wait to come back.

dillbark1, TripAdvisor, Aug 2019

We have white water rafted several rivers in the United States. But, this was by far the most exciting and excellent experience we've had. The river is challenging, the guides are skilled, humorous, and engaging. I highly recommend this company. They focus on safety, while keeping rafting fun. A special thank you to Mike, our guide, for going above and beyond to make sure we had a great time!

Jessica E, TripAdvisor, Aug 2019

Check out some of our other reviews if you'd like on TripAdvisor or Google Reviews

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

 

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