Location: 1.5 hours southeast of Calgary in beautiful Kananaskis Country.
Originating in the Rockies and moving south along the Kananaskis Trail, the Highwood river meets the Bow River south of Clagary.
Level of Difficulty: Class III-IV / Beginner – Intermediate
Challenging action packed adventure for novice and intermediate whitewater enthusiasts. The river twists and turns through shale canyons causing a torrent of undulating waves and walloping drops.
Scenery: Deep emerald pools, high alpine setting
Known as much for its rafting as for scenic fly-fishing, Highwood river has an unrivaled abundance of bull trout and other fish species. Its banks are surrounded by lush spruce and lodgepole pine forests and views of the Rockies’ peaks add to the stunning backdrop of the river canyon.
Season: May and June
Rafting is best in early summer months when fresh snowmelt brings ample whitewater to this free-flowing river.