This trip starts at the base of Athabasca Falls and plunges through numerous rapids surrounded by high canyon walls. After the canyon stretch, rafters enjoy expansive views of the Athabasca Valley to the take-out. This is the ultimate family adventure — fun for adults and children alike.
Sunwapta River Rafting Tour
- Per Person Ages 12+
Experience Jasper’s Wildest Whitewater!
Take the Sunwapta challenge, known as Jasper’s wild water rollercoaster ride. It has a steep gradient with numerous class 3 rapids. Don’t miss the high water from mid-June to late-July.
A 45-minute bus trip takes you to the launch point where you’ll be given all technical equipment. You’ll be given an in-depth safety and instruction briefing before getting wet and wild.
“Sunwapta” is the Stoney Indian term for “turbulent river” and this river lives up to its name. Set in a pristine wilderness area, this is a low volume, technical river that follows the Endless Chain Mountain Range from its source at the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. Traveling in 6 person self-bailing rafts, your expert guide will maneuver skillfully down the 13 km stretch of river, punching through a consistent flow of Class 2 rapids in between several sections of Class 3 — including a locally-renown rapid named ‘The Whopper’!
You’ll be surrounded by spectacular Canadian Rockies scenery in a prime wildlife habitat, allowing the occasional chance to spot elusive wildlife from the raft or during the scenic bus ride.
The total round-trip time is 4 hours which includes 1.5 hours on water, instruction/ safety briefing and all transfers to and from river. Suited to individuals looking for an exhilarating whitewater ride. No experience necessary! Rafters must be at least 12 years and weigh a minimum of 90 lbs (41 kgs).
What We Provide: Licensed raft guides, self-bailing rafts, paddles, wetsuits, booties, paddle jackets, life jackets, and helmets (if applicable).
What to Wear: A swimsuit or shorts under casual wear is best. Clothing worn under wetsuits gets wet, so bring a towel and warm clothes for afterward. In cooler weather, we recommend guests bring additional clothing (wool or polypropylene is best) to wear under their wet suits.