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Athabasca River

Athabasca River

Jasper, Alberta, Canada

The basics

While there are opportunities for recreation all along the Athabasca River, Jasper National Park is a popular access point. Rafting tours from here range from half-day trips to longer excursions. One favorite area is the ‘Mile 5’ section, offering Class II rapids with fun bumps and splashes that are still suitable for families with smaller children.

Rafters seeking greater challenges can try the Athabasca Canyon Run, with rapids rated a slightly more challenging Class II+. Many other activities, from hiking to mountain biking to rock climbing, take place on the banks of the Athabasca River.

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Athabasca River Easy Scenic Raft Trip
Athabasca River Easy Scenic Raft Trip
$65.83 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent Tour
Great time, excellent guides, wonderful scenery. We had a super time, even in the cold and a little rain.
Elizabeth_B, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

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I would definitely recommend it
Amina_M, Jun 2022
Athabasca Canyon Run Family Rafting: Class II Plus Rapids
Loved loved loved the experience…… everyone was so nice. The kids had so much fun. The instructors were so friendly and kind.
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Had a great guide and ...
Paul_T, Jun 2022
Rafting on Athabasca River Mile 5 in Jasper
Had a great guide and bus driver/photographer. Very personable. The ride on the rapids was exciting but felt very safe.
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Great Experience
Beverly_R, Jun 2022
Athabasca River Mile 5
Nathan and Juan were excellent guides! The river was fun but not too scary! The trip was just the right length!
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Family fun
Jenny_W, Jun 2022
Athabasca Canyon Run Family Rafting: Class II Plus Rapids
The guides( Morgan, Mason and Peter) were so helpful from getting on the wetsuits to navigating the white water and helping at the end. Everyone had a great time! I would recommend this trip to anyone!
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Amazing!
Rossanne_K, Jun 2022
Athabasca River Easy Scenic Raft Trip
Great experience - unique way to see the mountains, river & wildlife. Well worth the drive from Banff, which is where we were staying.
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Great ride
John_M, Jun 2022
Athabasca River Mile 5
Great ride scenery second to none callout to Jordan a fab ride great way to spend part of a day The whole experience very worthwhile Highly recommend
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Athabasca the beautiful.
Lynnette_K, Sep 2020
Athabasca River Easy Scenic Raft Trip
The float trip was everything I expected and more! The staff were very friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. Safety precautions were in place and the rafter was very entertaining and informative. It was the perfect day to see and experience the Athabasca River up close and personal!
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Fun in the cold water.
Margaret_L, Aug 2021
Rafting on Athabasca River Mile 5 in Jasper
Friendly guides who did a great job explaining all the safety regulations and rafting instructions. They made us all feel comfortable. An informative ride down the river!
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Good family fun
J_D, Sep 2021
Rafting Athabasca Falls Run in Jasper
Really great tour for all ages. We are a family of 5 (3 teen boys). We were the last run of the season and the guides were enthusiastic and patient with all our questions. Rapids were not too wild so a great intro to rafting.
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Will be back!
Dennis_O, Sep 2021
Rafting Athabasca Falls Run in Jasper
First time on the water, Elliot, Mariam and Spencer were awesome; their personality, their experience, made the trip! Maybe, perhaps, make the wet suits more comfortable, more form fitting, if you will, for taller women, women who have more extra jiggle 😀
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Rafting river
Pawinee_P, May 2022
Athabasca River Mile 5
I Was so much fun. I Had a great time. Bobby, Nate and cutie driver were very nice and friendly. I recommend this trip. it’s worth it every single penny you spent. Don’t forget to show them some love :)
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Awesome
Javier_N, Aug 2021
Athabasca Canyon Run Family Rafting: Class II Plus Rapids
It was a nice experience because we never did it. The instructor was excelent to explain all we needed to do to stay safety. Thanhk you all.
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Things to know before you go

  • This is a great destination for wildlife lovers. It’s sometimes possible to spot sheep, elk, and bears at the edge of the river.
  • Weather can change quickly here, so it’s a good idea to bring layered clothing.
  • Sometimes rafters get wet even on calm-water float trips. If you’re bringing a camera, consider fitting it with a waterproof case.
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How to get there

There is river access in a series of national and provincial parks along the Athabasca, some with boat ramps, camping areas, and places to fish. Most river trips near Jasper National Park depart from meet-up points in the town of Jasper; the Athabasca River flows right past town. Travelers can reach Jasper by train, bus, private car, or flights to airports in Vancouver, Edmonton, or Calgary.

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When to get there

With warmer weather and ample water, the period from mid-May through mid-September is the most popular time to go rafting on the Athabasca River near Jasper National Park. Find the biggest rapids in the heart of the season, from the middle of June through late July.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Athabasca River?
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Attractions near Athabasca River:
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What else should I know about attractions in Jasper?
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As well as visiting the Athabasca River, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: