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

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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

Sundre

Mountain Aire to Cache Hill
Red Deer River - A fun run full of lots of play and excitement for an intermediate paddler. The Red Deer can be described as a pool drop river, in that it has a number of distinct rapids separated by extended sections of float. Thus while several of the drops can be class III, bank scouting and portaging is easy and there's always ample time to recover from swims.
Coal Camp
Red Deer River - Fantastic introduction to class 3 trip. Lots of fun waves and a few cool ledges, interspersed with wide braided and bolder rapids.
Knock Out Waterfall to YaHa Tinda
Red Deer River - We hiked (over 2 days) to the uppermost point on the Red Deer River that can be paddled without portaging, which is an unnamed, unmarked waterfall about 31 km from the trailhead. The trail was quite poor or nonexistent in some sections inside the Banff Park boundary (lots of deadfall, knee deep flooding, or no trail at all in some places). We paddled out in a day on June 26, 2020. There are 3 class III headwalls above the Cascade Trail bridge, another class III headwall right at the Cascade Trail bridge, and one more class III headwall a little downstream of the bridge. Just outside the Banff National Park boundary there are two class III rapids. There are class II rapids and strainers throughout the run.

Local Paddling Clubs

Paddle Junkies

whitewater kayaking club focused on bridging the gap for adult beginner, novice and intermediate kayaking in Calgary and surrounding area