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Looking for the best places to Raft in and around Cochrane? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Raft in and around Cochrane.

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Diverse is how we would best describe the paddling in this mountain/prairie province. In the west of the province runs are characterized by beautiful backdrops, continuous rivers and cold water. Everything from mellow multi day floats in national parks to hairy class V creeking is available in the west. As you move further east the gradient drops but there are still plentiful paddling options for those looking to float mellow rivers in really unique surroundings. It is a huge province so don't neglect to look north and south too. A very worthwhile paddling destination in it's own right.

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Raft Trips or Routes


Ghost Dam to Wildcat Gas Plant
Bow River - This is a classic beginner river trip with tons of eddies and small features to practice and learn on. There are a few small class 2 rapids, both which can mostly be avoided by paddling around them. At the first split in the river, the right channel will take you to the first wave train. Right before the wave train there are some deep lagoons where you can practice rolling and t-rescues. The put-in and take-out require a bit of a walk with a decent climb at the end, so make sure you save time/energy for the long haul out. This trip can easily be done in less than 2 hours but it is also very possible to spend an entire day on this section with doing lots of practicing and drills in the multiple eddies and lagoons. This trip is great from early spring until late fall, with the water level decreasing throughout the summer.
Wildcat Gas Plant to Cochrane
Bow River - This is a great half day trip with a couple fun wave trains. People often use this as an extension of the upper section (Ghost Dam to Wildcat Gas Plant) or will go on this section if the water level is higher. Put-in at the Wildcat Gas Plant and take-out right under the bridge that runs through Cochrane. There are fewer large eddies on this section in comparison to the upper section but this still makes for an awesome beginner run with lots of great practice spots and beautiful scenery. Shortly after the Wildcat Gas Plant is Wildcat Island, which is crown land and makes for an awesome campsite for overnight trips or a nice lunch stop. You can easily link this section with the Ghost Dam to Gas Plant section of river, or, turn it into an overnight with a stay on the Wildcat Island Reserve (just downstream of the Gas Plant)


Kelseys Caravan

(403) 978-9334

Cochrane, Alberta

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