Athabasca River
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Our most recommended Athabasca River Sightseeing Tours

  • Jasper SkyTram

    1. Jasper SkyTram

    Travel just 4 miles (7 kilometers) south of Jasper to the end of Whistlers Road to arrive at Jasper SkyTram. Time your visit for an early morning or evening flight to avoid crowds and take advantage of the best light for photos. After you exchange your voucher at the reservations window for a ticket, climb aboard the enclosed tram car for a 7.5-minute ride to the upper station. Your tram ride will ascend to an elevation of 7,425 feet (2,263 meters). A knowledgeable guide will accompany you on your trip, sharing insights about the area, its history, and the wealth of wildlife living nearby. Once at the top, take a stroll on the boardwalk for breathtaking views of Jasper National Park, the town of Jasper, numerous turquoise-colored lakes, a panorama of mountain ranges, and the Athabasca River Valley. Try hiking Whistlers Summit Trail to reach the top of Whistlers Mountain at 8,081 feet (...

    Enjoyed the most hiking 1.3 km to the top of whistler mountain from drop off point by Sky tram, and has spectacular view of mountains. Skytram is cool when you go up, but nothing major, helps with transportation to meet mountains.

  • 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.

    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!

  • Jasper National Park: 2-Hour Whitewater Rafting

    3. Jasper National Park: 2-Hour Whitewater Rafting

    The Mile 5 trip is our most popular trip and the one with the longest season, early May-late September. We meet in the town of Jasper and transport you only 8 km south of town to the put in point. After suiting up in clean dry wetsuits and a safety talk it is off to the river. The section begins with about a 10-minute float. This allows the paddler time to feel comfortable in the raft, experience the river environment and take in the 360-degree Mountain View. After this short float the grade 2 rapids begin. Grade 2 is big enough to get everyone who wants to get wet, wet but it is unlikely anyone will go for an unexpected/unwanted swim. If you are brave enough there are place you can choose to go for a swim in the glacial water. After 4 or 5 sections of rapids the Miette River joins the Athabasca and the trip ends just around the corner at Old Fort Point. After getting out of your wet g...

    Highly reconmend! A must try activity in Jasper! The family will definitely come back for this!

  • From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour

    4. 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.

    Our guide was born and raised in Jasper which is interesting by itself. He is a wildlife photographer so his knowledge was vast, specifically about wildlife in Jasper. We saw huge elk, marmot, pika a young eagle and a bear. Lots of good info on how to enjoy the wilderness safely- no dinner bells (bear bells). The only negative was the bus which didn't have adequate A/C.

  • Jasper: Canyon Run Family Whitewater Rafting

    5. 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 w...

    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!!

  • Athabasca Falls: Class 2 White Water Rafting Adventure

    6. Athabasca Falls: Class 2 White Water Rafting Adventure

    The Athabasca Falls trip is probably our most scenic. After a 30-minute bus drive from town guests are suited up in our wetsuit gear. After a safety talk there is a 5-minute portage to the river. This river trip starts with a bang. Once out in the main current the first set of rapids is only seconds way. Once these rapids have soaked everyone in the raft the rafters find themselves in a canyon. For the next 30-minutes there are no trails or roads next to the river it is just the river and you. The canyon ends with another set of rapids and spectacular views of the Athabasca River valley. Once back at the highway it is about 20 minutes to the take out. There are more sections of rapids but also flat section to enjoy and learn about the natural surroundings. All trips are in 8-person rafts with a licensed river guide.

    This was our first WW rafting trip ever. Nate’s personality and knowledge of floral and fauna really allowed us to fully experience the entire natural experience. Nate pointed out various birds, calving island and the history and current natural issues facing the National Park. He was also very friendly and 50% of the raft’s occupants got into the water and tried the re-entry method! This was so much fun we returned the next weekend for more. We’re booked for 2022! See you then Nate!

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What people are saying about Athabasca River

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

This was our first WW rafting trip ever. Nate’s personality and knowledge of floral and fauna really allowed us to fully experience the entire natural experience. Nate pointed out various birds, calving island and the history and current natural issues facing the National Park. He was also very friendly and 50% of the raft’s occupants got into the water and tried the re-entry method! This was so much fun we returned the next weekend for more. We’re booked for 2022! See you then Nate!

This activity occurred on September, which was already cold. However, we were provided wetsuits, neoprene jackets, socks and shoes to keep us warm and comfortable. The guides were there ahead of time, they were knowledgeable, funny, and wonderful. This activity is a perfect introductory to white water rafting. The guides knew what they were doing, which made us feel safe. Elliott was extremely funny!

We went up on the first time available! We had clear sky’s. It snowed over night and we attempted the hike to the summit but did not have poles or our spikes for our shoes. It was very slippery so we heard down. It clouded in and started snowing. We enjoyed a coffee at the top. On a clear dry this would be amazing! The views incredible!

It was right on time & so smooth. The view was Amazing The weather was good but so snowy up top that we couldn’t walk around but that’s ok Thanks very much!!

Highly reconmend! A must try activity in Jasper! The family will definitely come back for this!