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Athabasca River Scenic Float Trip

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Join the fun on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. The 16-kilometre, 2.5-hour round trip passes through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allows your National Park licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. This float trip is safe for the whole family, from toddlers and grandparents to swimmers and non-swimmers alike.

Rivers are rated on a scale of one to six. Class 1 is considered to be calm moving water while a class 6 would be equivalent to Niagara Falls. The section of the Athabasca River that this tour rafts on is rated a Class 2; meaning that there are some sections with rapids, which may get your backside wet.
  • Float 10 miles (16 kilometers) down the scenic Athabasca River
  • Life jackets and plastic ponchos are provided to keep you safe 
  • Option to buy trip photos taken by a professional photographer
  • Hear guide commentary about the history of Jasper and the Rockies
What to Expect
Set off for the Athabasca River from the train station in central Jasper or arrange for pick up from your hotel. An afternoon of relaxing on the river is in store as you and your family sit back and let your guide do the rowing.
Learn about the human and natural history of Jasper National Park from your guide, and stay on the lookout for wildlife in their native habitat. Plastic ponchos are provided as some splashes are expected but for the most part, this is a very gentle ride that’s enjoyable for all but the very youngest babies.
At the end of the trip, you have the option to buy pictures from the professional tour photographer as you return to your point of departure in Jasper.
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Reviewed yesterday

I would fully recommend this activity. It’s light, it’s not strenuous, you don’t paddle and sit there and take in the views, mountains. Your guide gives you information, the guide asks about you and the trip I was on, we all got to know each...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank DaveJB24
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a fun experience plus learn some local history. Anybody, young and old can take this trip. The rapids are nothing higher than a 2. Little to no white water. Met fun and interesting people. Bus drive and boat guide were personal and fun. I...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank David P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks to Jordan and his team for a wonderful couple of hours. Even with a sudden change of weather (classic Jasper!) everyone on board had a great time. The ponchos came in very handy!. Lachlan handled the day very well, was full of interesting information...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Kate W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This raft float trip down the Athabasca River, along the same route used by fur traders years ago, was enjoyable. A National Park licensed guide (Ours was a masculine mountain man!), who did all the rowing, provided commentary. The rafts can accommodate up to 24...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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KatrinaTurcot, Guest Relations Manager at Jasper Raft Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

You explained our trip perfectly! Relaxing with a few exciting sets of rapids! Also a great tip to bring a few layers and foot wear that could possibly get wet. Thanks for coming rafting with Jasper Raft Tours

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on this boat trip with our 2 kids (5,8) and my parents. It is the perfect family ride! Wyatt was our guide and he was wonderful!! He let our kids steer the boat! Thank you so much for a perfect afternoon on the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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KatrinaTurcot, Guest Relations Manager at Jasper Raft Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for bringing the whole family rafting with Jasper Raft Tours. Our guides love letting the kids row for a bit, it’s great to get them involved!

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Response from Beverly Hurley F | Reviewed this property |
The raft company had a bus that took our group from the hotel ..... to where we got in the raft ..... then the raft company met us at the end point - where we could order photos etc - then their bus took us back to the hotel!
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