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Ride the Rapids in the Real Rockies

Author: Katherine Speur , Tourism Jasper

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What to Expect

Whitewater rafting in Jasper National Park varies in difficulty and intensity. Rivers and rapids are rated on an international scale which ranges from the easiest (Class 1) to the near impossible (Class 6). As the numbers get higher, the difficulty and excitement increase. On every raft trip, a national park licensed guide will be on the raft to ensure that everything runs smoothly and safely. Whether you’re a novice explorer or a wild adventurer, Jasper has many options to choose from depending on your comfort level.

Where to Go

  1. Jasper Raft Tours: Offering trips on the Athabasca River, Jasper Raft Tours takes guests on a 16 km (or 2 ½ hour) scenic raft trip through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches. Toddlers and seniors alike can enjoy this family-friendly easy rafting experience.  This is for everyone!
  2. Jasper Rafting Adventures: Jasper Rafting Adventures offers easy and intermediate trips on the Athabasca River and the Sunwapta River. Focused on creating lasting memories, Jasper Rafting Adventures’ raft guides are committed to sharing an incredible whitewater rafting experience with you. They’re located at Edge Control on 626 Connaught Drive, Jasper.
  3. Maligne Rafting Adventures: Since 1987, Maligne Rafting Adventures Ltd. has been the purveyor of quality rafting adventures to many thousands of visitors to Jasper National Park. Specializing in daily trips on the family-friendly Athabasca River, the thrilling Sunwapta and the Mighty Frasier River, Maligne Rafting Adventures offers up to a Class 3+ raft trip for active first timers or experienced rafters looking for whitewater excitement.
  4. Jasper’s Whitewater Rafting: As Canada’s first commercial rafting company, Jasper’s Whitewater Raftinghas been setting the standard for safety and fun since 1971. Rain or shine, they offer trips on the Class 2 Athabasca River and the Class 3 Sunwapta River for anyone looking for a relaxing or thrilling rafting experience. 
  5. Rocky Mountain River Guides: Rocky Mountain River Guides offers daily raft trips on the Sunwapta and Athabasca Rivers. Specializing in Class 3+ whitewater rafting, Rocky Mountain River Guides focuses on the true wild Jasper experience. They are also located at Edge Control on 626 Connaught Drive, Jasper.
  6. Wild Current Outfitters Rafting Adventures: Offering an authentic Rocky Mountain wilderness experience, Wildcurrent Outfitters Rafting Adventures provides long and customizable rafting trips on the Snake Indian River.

What to Wear

It’s important to come prepared for all types of weather when embarking on a raft trip. Wet suits, life jackets, paddle jackets and booties are provided by the rafting operator on most trips. During inclement weather, wind pants, hats and mitts are often provided as well. Always bring along your swim suit or shorts, a dry change of clothes, a towel, a water bottle and maybe a snack. If the weather looks slightly cold before your raft trip, be sure to wear an extra layer and bring along any warm clothing you think you may need.

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