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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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Important Information
Departure Point
Jasper Train Station
Hotel pickup available upon request for hotels within the town of Jasper, and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Please make a note at checkout.
Departure Time
12:00 PM
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Plastic rain poncho to protect you from splashes and potential rain showers
  • Professional photographer
  • Life jackets
  • Gratuities
  • Wetsuits (not necessary)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Recommended to wear casual clothing and footwear that you don't mind getting wet
  • Professional photographer will take a photo of your raft trip. You will have the opportunity to purchase the photo at the end of the trip
  • Restroom facilities available at the launch site
  • Rafts can accommodate up to 24 people
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took this trip as part of a Canadian tour we were on from Banff to Jasper on an absolutely beautiful August day. What a blast it was! The whole operation is done with such efficiency and fun, with a major emphasis on safety too....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank barbara b
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were expecting a quiet float down the river with the hope of seeing local wildlife and with the chance to relax. This was not the case as our guide seemed to want to talk and unfortunately so did so many of the passengers. There...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Dawn3847
Reviewed 1 week ago

In early September, my girlfriend and I went on a raft tour while in town for a wedding. The weather was a little chilly in the morning but by the afternoon it had warmed up to be a beautiful day. Our guides were super informative,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank itsmeaarontb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think we did the float trip. It said suitable from 2-102 years old. It was very well organized, being collected by school bus in Jasper and taken up the river. Amazing to hear the river is 20hours old, a glacier before! Jack our guide...More

Thank lou181818
KatrinaTurcot, Guest Relations Manager at Jasper Raft Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

That’s awesome to hear you had a good time with Jack! There are a few splashes on the trip and we do let people know you potential could have a wet bottom. The poncho are optional but so help with staying dry and if the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked at the end of the season & was a solo traveller. The staff were really friendly especially Dave & made me feel less alone. They were very organised & I felt vey safe. Lovely tour that is suitable for everyone

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ratgirl65
KatrinaTurcot, Guest Relations Manager at Jasper Raft Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We love to hear that you booked as a solo traveler. It’s a great way to meet people, learn about the area and take in the spectacular scenery!

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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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