June 29, 2016 - 6:00 AM
GOLDEN, B.C. - Two whitewater rafting companies have found a high-flying solution to reach world-class rapids of the Kicking Horse River near Golden, British Columbia.
The companies and a local helicopter outfit are offering aerial tours of the southeastern B.C. region near the Alberta boundary, about 90 kilometres east of Revelstoke.
Tours provide a bird's-eye view of the rapids, before delivering rafters to the water's edge for the start of a whitewater trip.
Cliffs along the Kicking Horse River prevent access to the water in all but a few places, and CP Rail recently barred people from crossing its tracks to reach a beach suitable for launching.
The railway's decision makes the famed rapids of the river's lower canyon almost inaccessible, and critics say that's harming a key tourist attraction in Golden.
The B.C. government has invested $45,000 to help the town find long-term solutions to the problem.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2016