Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River is a fun activity for locals and tourists alike. (Contributed photo/Black Press Media files)

Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River is a fun activity for locals and tourists alike. (Contributed photo/Black Press Media files)

Kicking Horse: This river is a wild whitewater ride

Rafting, canoeing and kayaking are popular on the Kicking Horse River

If you’re a whitewater junkie and considering rafting in the Rockies, you’re going to want to check out rafting on the Kicking Horse River near Golden, B.C.

A number of commercial rafting operations work on the river, which ranges from class 3 rapids to as high as class six on some stretches.

So, how did the river get it’s name? In 1858, explorer James Hector, a surgeon and geologist on the Palliser Expedition, received a vicious kick to the chest while trying to deal with a horse that had fallen into the water.

Although injured, Hector survived and finished the expedition.

The Kicking Horse is popular with kayakers and canoeists, but caution is urged. Be sure to talk to local guides and experts before attempting the river.

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