Athabasca River
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Our most recommended Athabasca River Activities

From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour

1. From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour

Join this daily tour to discover Jasper National Park and its wildlife. Take a 3.5-hour scenic drive in a comfortable sightseeing vehicle to explore the park with a knowledgeable driver/guide. Learn the history, geology, and ecology of the area, as you keep a look out for the diverse wildlife that inhabits the region. Be amazed by the beautiful scenery and see the rich diversity of the national park. Your guide is trained to seek out the park’s most iconic creatures, so you can view animals in their natural habitat. Have your camera ready to capture some amazing photos. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in Jasper.

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Jasper: Jasper National Park Easy 2-Hour Rafting Trip

2. Jasper: Jasper National Park Easy 2-Hour Rafting Trip

Relax and enjoy an afternoon that you'll never forget. This is a true Canadian outdoor experience. Take a fun and scenic trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River.A National Park-licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the fur traders over 200 years ago. The specially designed, 7-meter- or 25-foot-long, oar-powered rafts come equipped with life jackets, and provide a safe, comfortable ride through a few small sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first-time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry - the guides do all the rowing. All you have to do is sit back and relax while you take in the spectacular scenery.  You can spot various local wildlife, including elks, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep, and bears.

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Jasper: Canyon Run Family Whitewater Rafting

3. Jasper: Canyon Run Family Whitewater Rafting

Begin the tour with a 30-minute bus ride to the river at the base of Athabasca Falls. Get geared up with all the necessary equipment and change into your wetsuit. Your highly experienced, certified guide will give an overview of all rafting and safety procedures before you jump onboard the 6-passenger, self-bailing raft. As you embark, hear the thundering of Athabasca Falls plunging behind you. Your raft will join a turbulent stir of whitewater whisking you downstream as your guide expertly navigates the river, surrounded by the high rock walls of the Athabasca Canyon. In the first part of the 12-km ride, punch through consistent sections of exhilarating Class II rapids before the river mellows giving you a chance to relax. Take in spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies and perhaps even spot some local wildlife on the shoreline of this pristine environment. All technical equipment will be supplied including paddles, wetsuits, neoprene booties and paddle jackets. You will need to wear a swimsuit or a t-shirt and shorts under your casual clothes and be prepared to get wet. Bring dry clothes, a towel and on cooler days, wool socks to wear inside the booties and a warm jacket to put on afterward. You are also welcome to bring snacks and water to enjoy on the bus to and from the river. These trips do not require any previous experience and are suited for individuals aged 5 years and above, looking for an introductory whitewater adventure.

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What people are saying about Athabasca River

It was a lot of fun! We had never been white water rafting before and we’re not sure what to expect. I had concerns about safety but those were completely eased once we were on the water. The guides are well trained snd know how to navigate the water, the raft is excellently built with fail safes and they gave a thorough safety talk prior to the adventure to know how to handle any situation that may arise however unlikely. Once we were on the water I understood better and my worries were gone. We want to go again snd next time do higher class rapids. These class 2 were perfect for beginners and super easy… maybe too easy for us. But overall we’re glad we did it and the canyon was beautiful!!

Jeff our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. We saw a mother bear and cubs up close as well as elk, osprey and eagle. The tour also included a tasty breakfast of coffee and baked goodies. Well worth the price of admission. Take the early 6:30 tour for the best chance of seeing wildlife.

Ted was our guide and he was amazing! He was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He made sure we all got wet! Loved it!

Enjoyed tour with Norm as he was very knowledgeable about the area.

Excellent service, professional staff, afordable price.