The St Mary's Express

A half day Intro to Sportrafting

We call this trip our 'Intro to Sportrafting', because it's more exciting than a float, but not quite the 'White Knuckle' experience that may have you nervous about whitewater rafting. The Express is a half day trip, and is by far our most popular because just about anyone can try it.

The first half of the trip is beautiful and relaxing as you get used to the raft and paddle commands in swift moving class 1 and 2 water.  Once you get the hang of it, about half way down, the river constricts to create more class 2 and 3 rapids, such as the 'Chute', 'Pinball' and the 'S-bends'. Here we have a chance to hop out and "body surf" a rapid; quite the rush for the thrill seeker! There are also lots of lazy river stretches where hopping in to cool off is the name of the game on a hot summer's day!

Is this trip for you?  You want some adventure, but not too much;  you want a family experience; you're after an afternoon blast down the river that is not too time comitting or costly; are wanting to organize a group function for all levels of adventure and ability.

Are you staying at the riverside campground?  We offer a free pick up and drop off at the riverside campground.  Please note it must be booked ahead of time.

St. Mary's Express Trip

Duration: Half Day Trip
Departure Time: 1:00pm daily


Adult: $79.00*
Teen (13-17): $64.00*
Youth (12 & Under): $54.00*

*Please note pricing does not include GST or $2 pp land use levy.

If you have some of your crew that want more adventure in the half day trip, check out one our inflatable kayaks, a trip that goes together with the Express.


"This is our 3rd year with Kootenay Raft Company. We have children ages 9 and 7 and of course my husband and myself. I strongly recommend this company. The staff were great and the experience is priceless. I always feel safety and fun are the two main concerns of KRC. We will definitely be back for a 4th time." Denell, Red Dear, AB


“Fantastic family trip on the St. Mary's yesterday! 4 adults and 3 kids between 4 and 11 yrs. of age and we all had a blast - kudos to the guides and staff!” Greg, Kimberley, BC

“This was everything and more than what we could have expected! The guides were absolutely amazing and we will be recommending this adventure to everyone we know. Thanks for a spectacular afternoon.” James, Calgary, AB