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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 Mile 5
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Athabasca River Mile 5
$66.46 per adult
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Fun rafting trip
Fantastic trip! Our guide Nate was so fun! Great personality. Lots of laughs. Great trip for first timers and those feeling a little nervous about rapids. They gave us all the gear needed on a cold rainy day. Kept us warm and dry and really enjoyed the trip despite the weather. Highly recommend!
Danielle_J, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Jasper

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Rafting on Athabasca River Mile 5 in Jasper
SNJ_H, Aug 2022
Athabasca River Mile 5
It was awesome experience for the entire family! Excellent and funny guides (especially our guide "Cash"), and wonderful scenery over the Athabasca River. It is strongly recommended to everyone who visits Jasper.
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I would love to do it again, great tour :)
Lydia_J, Aug 2022
Athabasca Expressway Whitewater Rafting
Nice and competent guides, easygoing but also focused on safety, great experience on the water, is was really beautiful!!
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Rafting must do
MARK_S, Aug 2022
Athabasca Canyon Run Family Rafting: Class II Plus Rapids
Our party of 4 had a fantastic rafting tour with this company. They were very professional, safety and customer focus, with informative talks about the wild life and environment during the calm stages. We booked the class 2 which had enough mild rapids to satisfy, you will have fun on this tour
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River rafting with teenagers
Jane_L, Aug 2022
Rafting on Athabasca River Mile 5 in Jasper
This was the first time experience rafting with my family of teenage sons. The whole trip was fantastic. We got to go down the river with Juan who was very laid back and took us to the rapids which were just big enough to make us laugh nervously and get wet ! Suitable for any ages - it was fabulous !
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Amazing!
kyewmanaolcom, Aug 2022
Rafting Athabasca Falls Run in Jasper
This was so fun, with stunning scenery too. Definitely a highlight of our trip. Issac was ace! ………….
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Leah was our guide. My...
Donna_N, Aug 2022
Rafting on Athabasca River Mile 5 in Jasper
Leah was our guide. My brother was visiting from the USA and we went on this rafting tour. He was very impressed and plans to make future trips back.
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Top adventure 😁
rowenabergin, Aug 2022
Athabasca Canyon Run Family Rafting: Class II Plus Rapids
Great fun morning. Caitlin was a fantastic guide who was knowledgeable and extremely good company. Highly recommended.
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Great fun
Simon_M, Aug 2022
Athabasca Expressway Whitewater Rafting
Amazing fun, great views of sensations Canadian scenery and incredible guides, who not only are experienced, but also tell a story about the environment you are in. Worth every penny and you don’t need to be an expert on water.
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Family fun
Roy_E, Aug 2022
Athabasca River Easy Scenic Raft Trip
My kids are so happy and lots of fun This is first time to water rafting and we’re happy and everybody happy
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So much fun!!
Bryan_W, Aug 2022
Athabasca River Mile 5
Isaac, Ed and the whole crew made it a fun and memorable experience! Knowledgeable and well organized rafting
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Incredible trip!
Rob_H, Aug 2022
Rafting Athabasca Falls Run in Jasper
Guides were awesome, The gear was top notch and kept us warm and safe. Ride was just wild enough but not a near death experience, and the scenery was once in a lifetime!
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Relax ride
Thrse_B, Jul 2022
Athabasca River Easy Scenic Raft Trip
Fun Times because of the guide on the boat. The ride is very easy, m'y teanagers were not imprest . But the views were wonderful!
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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: