Otter Rafting



Group of people rafting on the Upper Red Deer River

Fun for the whole family!

Business History & Profile

Otter Rafting Adventures has been operating for more than 30 years by the same owner, on the Upper Red Deer River. When it comes to experience – we have it!! We operate a safe, efficient, customer and environmentally friendly business. Our Rafting Center is the perfect place to start your day in comfort. Rafting the Upper Red Deer River, we have helped make it one of Alberta’s most popular rivers for whitewater fun and is considered second best in all of Canada for a fun whitewater trip! The Upper Red Deer River is a class 3 river which offers a wide variety of whitewater rapids that will constantly challenge and thrill you with just how much fun whitewater rafting really is. Whitewater rafting is something that nearly everyone should consider doing at least once in their life. We hear about the bucket list all the time!


Our guides are extensively trained in river and people skills and hold certificates in:

  • Swift Water Rescue
  • First Aid
  • CPR

Our equipment is of the highest quality and well maintained. Otter Rafting Adventures uses only whitewater rated equipment. It is perfectly designed for the conditions in which it is used. The safety equipment we use is rated for persons weighing 22 kg (50 lbs.) or more and 42 kg (90 lbs.) or more.

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All river running equipment including certified guides, whitewater life jackets, paddling jackets, helmets,  shuttle service; and full-day trip also includes a hot riverside lunch.

Our trips run everyday from May 15 to September 15, rain or shine! If you have a special outing in mind for your group, we can put together a package for you. Group rates are available with pricing for mid-week trips.


If desired, hotel and motel accommodations as well as camping, R.V. parks and B&B’s are readily available in the area.


The Rafting center is located in Sundre, Alberta. Centrally located north west of Calgary, we have easy access to Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. Being located on Hwy 22/Hwy 27 we offer the closest rafting to Central Alberta and surprisingly also to Edmonton. From our Rafting Center we provide a shuttle service into the foothills which saves you the inconvenience of driving on remote, back country, gravel roads.


Each participant accepts all risks involved in rafting. Neither Otter Rafting Adventures, or its owners, or personnel will be responsible for any damages, injuries, losses, delays or expenses, whether to person or to property, due to any cause whatsoever. A signed liability release will be required of every participant at the start of the trip acknowledging the risks. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary or to cancel a trip in the event of inhospitable conditions or insufficient bookings.


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In Otter Words

Throwback Thursday July 2

For the summers that we set up camp at S-Bends, we began to enjoy being there every weekend. Not only is it a beautiful location in amongst the evergreens, but the sounds of the river as it rushes by is quite soothing. The guides really looked forward to those weekends. We would set up camp […]

Throwback Thursday June 25

Of course we can run the Red Deer – we have done the Kicking Horse. This has been heard so many times for a long time. The Red Deer River is rated a class #3 river while the Kicking Horse River that flows through Golden B.C. is rated as a class #4. First, we have […]

Throw Back Thursday June 18

For most of the years that we have offered rafting trips on the Red Deer we have set up our lunch on a side road that is located at the S-Bends.  Thus named because of the turns of the river here.  It is also known as Shoo Fly. It is moderately easy to get into […]