Why Choose Glacier for Your Golden White Water Rafting Trip?

The Kicking Horse is a beautiful river and it offers white water rafting adventures in Golden for all ages, abilities and skill levels. Rafting is a fun activity so getting out on the water is going to be a good time. There's the sunshine and the breeze, the splashes and laughter.

We don't want you to have a good time, though, we want your day with us to be exceptional. We want to exceed your expectations, and to achieve this, we know it's all about the little things. It's the attention to detail that polishes the tour so it's more than just a rafting trip. It's a complete experience from start to finish, with every component of the day being considered and carefully planned.

That's what we do. If you're in Golden on a white water rafting tour, we want you to have an experience that you can't wait to share with your family and friends. We want you to be smiling from the start of the day until the end. We want it to be something you think about for a long time afterwards, and something you hope you can do again soon.

To create this experience for you, here are some of the things we do.

Safety briefing at Glacier Raft Company before rafting the Kicking Horse River


We want you to have the most fun possible, but we will never jeopardize safety for excitement. From the training and experience required of our guides, to the decisions we make regarding river cutoffs and minimum ages, safety will always come first at Glacier.

For more information on our commitment to keeping you safe, please refer to our Safety page

7 girls celebrating after rafting the Kicking Horse River with Glacier Raft Company


We are honoured to hold this title. Companies can say what they want about the service they provide, but this distinction is based entirely on reviews written by our past guests.

We are very proud of what we offer, and it’s always amazing for us to hear about the positive experiences people have with us (over 1500 five star reviews on Trip Advisor!).

If you’re feeling undecided, we encourage you to read some of the reviews from people who were previously in your shoes. Visit our Trip Advisor page.

Rafters smiling and giving a paddle high 5 on the Kicking Horse River


We love what we do and we couldn't be in a more amazing place or rafting on a better river. We want to share it all with you and we want you to love it here as much as we do!

As a small, family run business we still notice the little things. We'll greet you with a smile when you arrive, and cheers you with a bevy before you leave. We want your day with us to be memorable and darn entertaining (not sure if you heard, but our guides have really funny jokes!)

4 guests playing bean bag toss at Glacier Raft Company's riverside BBQ lunch site


There was once a time when people rafted the Kicking Horse in garbage bags and jeans (check out the photo below). No wetsuits, no booties, no helmets - no problem! Except it is. The water is 3 degrees Celsius which is, well.... refreshing.

We do better. We're the only company in Golden with hot showers at our base, and neoprene jackets and socks to keep you warm (think of them as extra comfort - like a seal plumping up with blubber).

We have a professional photographer and guides who shoot HD video of every trip. We finish each day with you - and a complimentary beverage - around our campfire. There's never a rush for you to leave, and that's exclusive to Golden white water rafting.

Group photo of Glacier Raft Company's staff in Golden BC


While this may not seem important, having the same core crew year after year is a big deal. Our crew comes back because they LOVE what they do. They love being outside, on the river, having fun, and who doesn't love being around happy, positive people?

Returning staff also have higher levels of experience, knowledge and expertise.

Our crew aren't just ‘staff’. They are teachers and storytellers, instructors and mentors, trip planners and environmental advocates. They're the kind of people you want to spend time with.

To meet our team, have a look at our Our Crew page.

Guests viewing their photos after rafting the full day trip on the Kicking Horse River


We are the only company who has a professional, onsite photographer - no bus drivers taking photos for us. Our photographer will be snapping photos throughout the day, and at some of the best white water sections on the Kicking Horse River.

We're also the only company on the Kicking Horse to film HD video of every rafting trip. Our guides are equipped with GoPro cameras and they shoot video from multiple vantage points.

We'll capture the highlights from your day so you don't have to worry about it! You can view all your media at the end of your trip on one of our tv's or tablets.


This was one of the best times ever!! A big 10/10 for our guides – they were beyond awesome. Very outgoing, down to earth, not afraid to joke around kinda people. Everyone was super, from our bus drivers to the photographer, and everyone back at the warehouse. Not one bad things to say about the whole crew! Glacier Raft Company is for sure, hands down the way to go!! 🙂

Alyssa Hegel, Trip Advisor
Golden BC white water rafting with Glacier Raft Company in 1980s

This is how we used to roll! Glacier circa the 1980s. Who needs wetsuits and splash tops when you have garbage bags!