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Jasper Rafting Trip on Athabasca River Mile 5

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    What to Expect
    The Athabasca River is a Canadian Heritage River, originating 100 km south of Jasper from the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield. It is the largest icefield in North America. The Mile 5 trip is the most popular Athabasca River trip and the one with the longest season, early May to late September.

    Meet your guide in the town of Jasper in the RV Parking lot adjacent to the Jasper Home Building Centre. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure to allow for last minute registration. You'll then head 8 km south of town to the put-in point. Your guides will provide you with a wetsuit, booties, paddle jacket, life jacket as well as fleece tops and neoprene gloves for those really chilly days. A towel, dry set of clothes, a snack and water may be left in the bus for after your trip. Wear your shorts or a bathing suit to wear under your wetsuit. It's not recommended to bring valuables on the bus. Your driver will be taking photos at several locations along the river so there’s no need for a camera or phone on the river. Pictures will be ready for purchase on a memory stick at the end of your adventure.

    After suiting up in clean dry wetsuits and a safety talk, start heading down 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, but it is unlikely anyone will go for an unexpected swim. If you are brave enough there are places you can choose to go for a swim in the glacial water later in the trip.

    After 4 or 5 sections of rapids, the Miette River joins the Athabasca, highlighting the color difference between a rain and snow fed river and a glacier fed river. The trip ends just around the corner at Old Fort Point. After getting out of your wet gear, it is a 3 km drive back to town. All trips are in 8 person-guided rafts. Rain or shine, this trip is great for ages 5-95.
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    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Address: Next to 706 Sleepy Hollow Road (The Jasper Home Building Centre)

    Directions: From downtown Jasper, cross the railway tracks from the only set of traffic lights (at the intersection of Connaught Drive and Hazel Avenue). Immediately after crossing the railway tracks, the RV Parking Lot will be on your right. Please look for our blue or yellow school buses which will have yellow rafts on the trailers
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    • Hotel pickup and drop-off, call for details
    • All equipment and transportation
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please arrive at meeting place 15 minutes prior to departure
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Beautiful weather, the guides were very experienced and super entertaining. We had a great time! Thanks!
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    We had a great time with this professionally run rafting tour. Couldn’t have felt safer even when we took a dunk in the glacial water of the Athabasca river. Our daughters loved it. Shout out to Byron who looked after us really well!
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    Organisation is excellent, guides practice security, Jeff was a relaxed guide and told us about the forest, the river and some wildlife. This cat 2+ ride was easy and entertaining.
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    About the operator
    By: Rocky Mountain River Guides
    220 reviews
    Mallory Q
    Great time!
    Beautiful weather, the guides were very experienced and super entertaining. We had a great time! Thanks!
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    Omar W
    Great guides
    Trip worth taking, its exciting but relaxed all at the same time. I have young kids and it was the excitement of
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    New York City, New York
    Great -- Even in the rain
    Excellent experience. I was looking forward to white water rafting --- the day dawned cold and rainy. But you're
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    Ben W
    rafting fun
    Prompt pick up at our hotel- guide was friendly and a lot of fun. Great trip down the river. Beautiful scenery.
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    Jasper, Canada
    Rafting Athabasca canyon.
    We had our own guide, which was lovely. Athabasca river is beautiful, wish it could have been longer. Not
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    Brisbane, Australia
    An exhilarating adventure
    We had a fabulous time with the team despite our initial confusion about where to meet the pickup bus... our fault
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    Jocelyn B
    Quebec City, Canada
    Athabaskan river 2+ rafting
    It was a perfect half a day rafting adventure with a very nice group of guides. Yes the water was cold but we were
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    Porto, Portugal
    Super fun rafting experience!!
    Although it was cold and raining (never thought it could be this cold in the beginning of August, but I guess
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    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Great fun for rafting novices
    We had a great time with this professionally run rafting tour. Couldn’t have felt safer even when we took a dunk
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    Alexander H
    Amazing raftig after a stormy night
    We went on the three hour rafting tour: Athabasca-peek to paddle in june 2018 after a stormy night. There was
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    Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Nice ride for a first time of rafting
    Organisation is excellent, guides practice security, Jeff was a relaxed guide and told us about the forest, the
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    What an Adventurous Day
    Our family overall had a fun time rafting. The crew were professional and cheerful attitude throughout the trip
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    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    Amazing crew, scenery, experience
    Brilliant time with the 2:30PM crew today - they looked after us really well, we’re fun to be around and made the
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    Anudeep J
    Toronto, Canada
    Its amazing
    Its one of best rafting experiences. A must do in Jasper. They five clear instructions, so its awesome even for
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    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Great, Professionally Run, Rafting Experience for all the Family
    Firstly I would recommend booking in advance as they do get busy. We had no problem sorting this out online before
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