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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 22 July 2019

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 26 July 2019

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 19 July 2019

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 26 July 2019

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!

Reviewed 16 July 2019 via mobile

Very safety conscious team. Addison was a brilliant guide - friendly, very knowledgeable on the river, ecology, mountains, rocks, lakes, animals - answered every question fired at him. Let the kids have a quick steer and taught them a few strokes. Highly recommended trip.

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KatrinaTurcot, Guest Relations Manager at Jasper Raft Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2019

That’s great to hear, we love getting the kids involved! Addison has extensive knowledge of the Jasper area, he’s a born and raised local who loves sharing his experiences in the Park. Thanks for coming rafting with Jasper Raft Tours!

Reviewed 6 July 2019

Everything about the Athabasca River Scenic Float Trip was done with professionalism,excellence and humor. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip down the Athabasca River with our guide Ted, who clearly loves the river and his job. Thank you Jasper Raft Tours for a highlight afternoon. We...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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KatrinaTurcot, Guest Relations Manager at Jasper Raft Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2019

Wow, that’s exciting and great timing! Ted certainly does love his job and we are glad that you can tell. Our guides really do have the best “office” and we love to share it with people from around the world!

Reviewed 25 June 2019 via mobile

First let me say how grateful I am to all the staff. I have a disability and have little ability to keep myself in the boat should there be the need, and can only walk short distances. My wife and I went on a river...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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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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