A Little About Us

A Little About Us

White silhouette of coniferous trees

Our Story


The Canmore Raft Tours team at the Bow River

Canmore Raft Tours is an idea that has grown and evolved since 2014. We began to watch the growth of the tourism industry in Canmore, and with that the growing need for family-friendly adventures for a large variety of ages and abilities. We chatted with people and businesses around Canmore to see what others thought about the idea of a gentler option to the more extreme adventures in and around town.

Once we had a good idea of what we wanted to do, we started to take friends and family out on the river to get a feel for what our program would look like. After what seems like hundreds of trips we were finally ready to wade into the tourism market in 2016 and offer what we, and thousands of others, think is the perfect family adventure in the Canadian Rockies.

Although we offer our tours at a significantly lower price then others operating in this industry, we feel we provide a truly local feel and quality product that you and your family and friends will remember for the rest of your lives.

Personalized Approach

Canmore Raft Tours is focused on providing Scenic River Floats that allow our guests to have a relaxing, enjoyable adventure while also experiencing the unmatched beauty offered by the Canadian Rockies. We take care of the details so that guests can soak up the full rafting experience, breathtaking views and unique wildlife along the way. We hope that for many of our guests, rafting with Canmore Raft Tours will become an annual tradition.

Easy

Our passion for adventure and love of rivers drives us to make all of our tours comfortable, fun and accessible to as many people as possible. We are committed to providing guests with the highest-quality gear, the most experienced guides, the healthiest of experiences and the best value for our customers. Our tours can be booked online, by calling our office or come visit us downtown. How easy is that?!

Meet Our Amazing Team

Excellence and Professionalism

Canmore Raft Tours is locally owned and operated. We only hire the most qualified, local guides; most of who have been working together for a decade or more. They are crazy, interesting people who have a passion for rivers, guiding, and of course entertaining. We take risk management and safety very seriously. Our guides are accomplished in outdoor skills, trained in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and river rescue, and are knowledgeable about the natural and cultural history of the Rockies. All trips carry full first aid/rescue kits and communications.

Chris: Owner/Guide

Chris

Owner/Guide
Found on the water - in the Raft Shack - driving the passenger vans - or on the multi-night trips playing guitar and enjoying the catered food. Chris’ professional background comes from 20 years of leading adventurous training for the British Military (as a civilian). This career spanned from the cold Canadian waters, to the warm salt water and jungles of Belize, Central America. Chris has called Canmore, Alberta home since the late 1990’s….yes he really is that old.
Christine: Owner/Administration

Christine

Owner/Administration
The fixer! Always keeping us organized and on time. Christine is the Oar for the Raft - without her we go nowhere. Juggling has become her new passion as she bounces between the river, the office, and our family (2 kids & 2 dogs) - ensuring each and every trip is as perfect as the first one.
Babz: Trip Leader

Babz

Trip Leader
Found on the water or in the forest mimicing birds, eating plants and talking to animals. Can toss a hula hoop like no other, seriously. Over a decade of guiding experience in Western Canada.
Jessie: Guide/Driver

Jessie

Guide/Driver
Originally from Ontario, Jessie joined our crew in 2018. She quickly moved up the ranks and is one of our Trip Leaders running most tours.
Max: Guide/Driver

Max

Guide/Driver
Like Waldo, Max is everywhere. He shows up unexpectedly demanding to run the river. Working across the globe as a guide has matured this man and has the chest hair to prove it. A man of many languages, Max has over 20 years guiding experience.
Cory: Guide/Driver

Cory

Guide/Driver
Like Max, Cory is a global adventurer. Always ready for the next big thing and willing to drive. With over 20 years guiding experience in the Rockies Cory has become one of our most requested guides. A man of many languages and many skills.
Seth & Rob: Musician & Chef , Multi-Nights

Seth & Rob

Musician & Chef , Multi-Nights
These two are two peas in a pod. They have been feeding and entertaining our guests for years on our multi-night trips. With big voices and larger personalities the endless stories they share will occupy your time for hours if you let them.
Canmore and the Canadian Rockies

A Place Like No Other


Pretty as a picture with an authentic mountain soul and a pulse that resembles a much larger city, with the arms of the majestic Rockies wrapped around us and the Bow River running right through our downtown. But being in Canmore is larger than life.

An hour west of Calgary, 22 kilometres (12 miles) east of Banff, and nestled next to the larger wildlands of Kananaskis Country, Canmore is energized and inspired by our incredible location. Our beauty is enviable, geography, mind-boggling. We take advantage of the environment that surrounds us but we’re committed to sustaining it.

We’re made up of an eclectic mix, this quaint small town in the wild. We’ve got endless amounts of outdoor activities, world-class mountain sports, and standout wellness facilities. Impressive food, one-of-a-kind shopping, and a vibrant arts and cultural scene, including award-winning festivals. All of this within the backdrop of provincial parks, unspoiled wilderness, and our show-stopping snow-capped mountain peaks. From our humble small mining town beginnings, Canmore is now a celebrated tourist destination that takes outdoor adventure lifestyle very seriously with a youthful, entrepreneurial, creative energy that’s compelling, inspiring, and welcoming.

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