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MAKE IT A SUMMER TO REMEMBER

Friday September 07 2012

 School has gone back, the days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the leaves are turning golden BUT you can still make this a summer to remember by enjoying a whitewater rafting trip with us!

It has been a great season and we have taken boat load after boat load of adventure seekers down the rivers. The good news is the season isn't over yet and we invite you and your family and friends to give us a call and join us on a trip.

Choose from the family-friendly Kootenay River trip, the exciting Toby Creek adventure or the thrilling Kicking Horse River. We have definitely got something for everyone and we would love to helo you end the summer on a whitewater high note! 



 


 
 

WHITEWATER OLYMPICS

Thursday August 02 2012

Crashing through whitewater in an inflatable raft is not an Olympic sport but we think it definitely should be! What better way to test an athlete's strength and stamina than by having him (or her!) compete in the ultimate adrenaline pumping water sport? 

The 2012 Olympic torch was actually carried through some whitewater en route to central London this year. A 20-year-old junior canoeist, Alex Franklin, did his best to keep the flame alive as he navigated a whitewater course in Waltham Cross but the flame went out as soon as the water hit it.

Ok, so it might not be the best sport to handle the Torch Relay but it should be a competitive event. Kayaking is in there. So is canoeing and rowing. And, as it turns out, whitewater rafting was included in the 1972 Olympic Games held in Munich. Much later, in the year 1992 it also came to be included in the Barcelona Olympic Games and then again in the Atlanta Olympic Games of 1996. Well, sort of. It was whitewater rafting in a canoe type vessel ... but hey, better than nothing! That same year (1996) whitewater rafting was also included in the Summer Olympic Games, and more particularly it was performed in the Ocoee River that lies in the Tennessee Valley in the US. (www.water-sports-guide.com)

It seems the rafting was a pretty big attraction those years, so why not include the sport every summer Olympics? Despite our best efforts we were unable to find an answer to this question. But there can be no denying the fact that rafting is a sport of Olympic proportions. Fast paced, thrilling rapids that take skill and expertise to navigate and conquer, handling a boat and your crew, pushing fear to one side, looking danger straight in the eye and simply going for it. Amazing, absolutely amazing and worth a gold medal any day. 

 



 


 
 

FUN IN THE VALLEY

Thursday July 26 2012

There's so much happening the valley right now it can be hard to keep up ... but we are thrilled to be a part of it! Whether you're a Calgarian visiting for the day or you're travelling from further afield to spend time with us, take a look at these activites currently taking place in the Columbia Valley:

It's the Canada Cup and BC Cup Downhill domestic racing series at Panorama Mountain Village this weekend, July 28 and 29. This event will definitely be worth checking out and hey, while you're up there consider a white water rafting trip down Toby Creek as well! Visit www.panoramaresort.com/BikeRaces for more information.

Despite the damage caused by the July 15 mudslides, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is open for all you golf enthusiasts. Riverside and Creekside Courses are both open, offering endless fun on the greens. Be sure to stop by the Adventure Centre or the Riverside Villas Recreation Centre for more information on other activities, including rafting! Visit www.fairmonthotsprings.com for full details.

And be sure to take a look at the Invermere Farmer's Market, happening every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm downtown Invermere. Every item sold at the booths is locally made or grown, a proud representation of the people who call the Columbia Valley home. 

There is something for everyone to enjoy this summer weekend and with nothing but sun and blue skies in the forecast it promises to be a great time for all. Perfect weather for biking, hiking, golfing, shopping and, of course, rafting! We have trips on all three rivers this weekend so make sure to book your seat now to avoid disappointment. 

Safe travels, and enjoy the end of July! With so much taking place in one weekend you won't want to go home! 

 



 


 
 

GET YOUR FEET WET ON THE KOOTENAY

Thursday July 05 2012

Whitewater rafting, by the very definition of its name, is a fast paced, thrilling (and often, wet) adventure. If slower paced, a little tamer and preferably dry are more your thing, then why not take a look at the rafting adventure we offer down the Kootenay River?

Anyone from as young as five can get their feet wet ... or more like, dip their toes in ... on this river trip. This day trip takes you down 30 miles of gorgeous Kootenay mountain scenery with a couple of smaller rapids along the way. 

Some interesting facts about the Kootenay, for all you beginners - it was born in glaciers and flows through a rugged landscape of mountains and valleys and it drains an isolated and sparsely populated region of the Pacific Northwest. The Kootenay River runs 781 kilometres (485 mi) from its origins in the Kootenay Ranges of the Canadian Rockies, exiting British Columbia's East Kootenay region via northwestern Montana and the northernmost Idaho Panhandle to return to Canada in the West Kootenay region, where it ends at the city of Castlegar, British Columbia.

A trip down this historic river is the perfect trip for families and any group wanting to try out rafting before committing themselves to raging rapids on other rivers. "No-one is bored and no-one is terrified" as one recent guest told us. 

So, if you're interested in rafting but find yourself a little hesitant, contact us about the Kootenay River trip and use it to test the waters ... so to speak.



 


 
 

GET YOUR RAFT ON!

Friday June 22 2012

 We're back, folks, and we're getting ready for a season that's going to be better than ever! We are very happy to kick off the season with the same great staff from years previous who will be more than happy to take you out for an adventurous, fun filled trip or help you with any questions of comments you might have, whether on the river or in the office.

As always, we will be running the Kootenay River which is THE perfect experience for the entire family, including the little ones. Didn't think you could take kids rafting? Think again! We have been taking children down the Kootenay for years upon years, introducing them to the ways of the water and the thrill of the rapids and they keep coming back for more so definitely think about that trip if you have youngsters in your group.

If you need to step up the thrill level for the adults, then give us a call and we will tell you all about Toby Creek and the Kicking Horse River, which we raft as well, so there is definitely something for everyone in our world of whitewater rafting.

Summer is just around the corner and with school holidays a matter of days away, it's time to start thinking about these lazy summer days and how you're going to fill them. Spennding some time in a raft might just be the ticket ... so click or call and we'll get you on the river! 



 


 
 

Thanks to our whitewater river rafters this season!

Tuesday November 08 2011

 THANK YOU!

 

It's been another wonderful season here at Kootenay River Runners and we wanted to send a big shout out to all of our guests who came to experience one of our white water rafting adventures!  WE had a fun season and hopefully one day we'll see you all again!  

As well, cheers to the guides and support crews who made this season happen!  GOOD WORK!

Enjoy the winter and we'll see you again when the water stars flowing....

 

PS.  Thanks to the guest that uploaded this photo of the Toby Creek with Danny and Jack!  (you know who you are!!!)  

 



 


 
 

THE KOOTENAY RIVER IN THE FALL

Monday September 05 2011

 WHOOPS! OUR KOOTENAY PAGE IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE BUT JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE STILL RUNNING THE BEAUTIFUL KOOTENAY IN SEPTEMBER . IT'S ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR RIGHT NOW, WITH BALD EAGLES HUNTING KOOKANEE SALMON, CRYSTAL  CLEAR TORUQUISE WATER AND WONDERFUL WARM FALL DAYS. YOU SHOULDN'T MISS THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO  EXPERIENCE THIS WILD ROCKY MOUNTAIN RIVER IN THE FALL. CALL US AND WE'LL GIVE YOU ALL THE DETAILS!



 


 
 

LABOUR DAY RAFTING SAVINGS

Thursday September 01 2011

CELEBRATE LABOUR DAY ON OUR GREAT RIVERS!!

The forecast is terrific for this weekend. Plan for hot sunny days!

River levels are great, and the discounts are even greater. We're offering a 15% discount on all of our river trips, all weekend.

Check out our Kicking Horse, Kootenay and Toby Creek trips at www.raftingtherockies.com and then give us a call to book you trip.

See you on the rivers!



 

 

 


 
 

Great rafting continues ...

Wednesday August 24 2011

 The summer seems intent on hanging around for a while longer which is great news for us because it means we get to stay out on the water enjoying the sunshine! The forecast looks great until the end of the month, blue skies and brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the high twenties. It's been a great season thus far, despite the rain that kicked it all off! But now that the sun is out, we are in our element - guiding enthusiastic rafters down our three favourtie rivers! 

Take a look at the website and read more about the Kootenay River - perfect for families, the Toby Creek - great for those wanting a thrill but who haven't got much time or the Kicking Horse River - the ULTIMATE in whitewater adventure! 

Make sure you "like" us on Facebook so you can keep up with the latest happenings on the river and be notified of specials when they happen.

Here's to a continuing great season!

 



 


 
 

How the Kicking Horse got it's name ...

Thursday August 18 2011

 The Kicking Horse River is a river located in the Canadian Rockies of southeastern British ColumbiaCanada.

The river was named in 1858, when James Hector, a surgeon and member of the Palliser Expedition, was kicked by his packhorse while exploring the river. Hector survived and named the river and the associated pass as a result of the incident.
The Kicking Horse River begins at the outlet of small Wapta Lake and flows southwest. It receives the Yoho River upstream from Field. The river continues to flow southwest until after it drops over Wapta Falls, when it takes a near hair-pin turn and flows northwest to its mouth into the Columbia River in Golden.

The river has three waterfalls along its stretch. The first is the Kicking Horse Cascade, a long talus cascade which occurs just below the first highway crossing of the river below Wapta Lake. The second is commonly photographed Natural Bridge Falls near Field. The final and largest is 100 foot high Wapta Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Canada in both volume and width. They are over 500 feet wide.

 

The Kicking Horse River offers excitement, history, wildlife and incredible scenery. A wild, untamed river discovered in the 1800s on the famous Palliser Expedition. The history of the wild west is alive along its shores as remnants of a bygone era are still evident. The Kicking Horse River is also blessed with an abundance of wildlife along its corridor. The morning portion of the river which begins in Yoho National Park offers prime wildlife viewing.

 

 
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