Banff is home to rivers with a thrilling mix of rapids suitable for all skill levels. Ultimately, it comes down to how big of an adrenaline hit you seek. If time is limited, but you still want to experience the thrill of the rapids, the Kananaskis River and Horseshoe Canyon rapids are the closest, only a 45-minute drive from Banff or Calgary. Enjoy paddling without the fear factor along the Kananaskis River – a top rafting pick for novices and families thanks to its Class II and III rapids. Ramp up the adrenaline with an optional cliff jump and Class IV rapids on the Horseshoe Canyon rafting trip. Travel further and raft the raging Kicking Horse River. This will push your pulse rate into triple digits with its Class I to IV rapids – guaranteed to drench and delight in equal measure.