Athabasca River Mile 5 - Jasper

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    RV Parking Lot, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This two hour round trip (~one hour on the water ) is our most popular trip, and has the longest season, early May to late September. Your adventure begins with a 10 minute float followed by Class II rapids. Class II is an excellent introduction to white water as it offers a mix of splashy thrills, and calm floats.

Suitable for ages 5 and up.

For groups larger than 8 people, please contact us before booking.


  • Excellent value for money
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Special Offer

Know More about this tour

The Athabasca River is a Canadian Heritage River, originating 100 km south of Jasper from the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield - the largest icefield in North America. You'll meet 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 travel 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 under your wetsuit.

It's not recommended you bring valuables along on the bus. You can leave your camera as well. Your driver will be taking photos at several locations along the river so theres no need for your 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, head down the river. The section begins with 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 swim. If you are brave enough, there are places where you can go for a swim in the glacial water.

After four or five sections of rapids, the Miette River joins the Athabasca, highlighting the colour 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. All necessary equipment is provided. Rain or shine, this trip is great for ages 5 to 95.


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Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately, we go rain or shine

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

We have no Covid 19 restrictions at this time, however please do not join us if you are testing positive or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. Daily sanitizing of all gear and equipment will continue. While traveling in our transportation, masks are recommended, but not required.

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  • 17-Oct-2022

    Extremely well organised, the guides told you everything you needed to know and kept you safe. Very fun trip - got soaked but all in very high sprits by the end! Very accessible for all ages/abilities. Would recommend!

  • 30-Sep-2022

    We are a couple in our 70s. For obvious reasons, we were worry. We had no idea what a class 2 experience would be. It turned out we had great fun. All our worries were unwarranted. Josh and all guides were friendly, fun, and helpful. I enjoyed so much that I took a dip (intentionally) in the freezing glacier water. It lasted 20 seconds. I am looking forward to try out the other runs next time.

  • 29-Sep-2022

    We had a fantastic time- so much fun. Our guide Jenn was amazing along with driver Eddie and other guides Josh and Gabby. Everyone was super friendly and provided wonderful memories.

  • 29-Sep-2022

    Such a fantastic trip. Jenn was amazing and we all had so much fun!! The other guys on the bus were great too - Eddie our driver and photographer, Gabby and Josh gave us all the safety info and chats. Brilliant time had by all.

  • 22-Sep-2022

    They were punctual and professional but most of all Elliot was a fantastic guide. Full of knowledge, high energy and tonnes of fun!!

  • 20-Sep-2022

    Had an awesome time, took my mom for her birthday and she couldn’t stop smiling, very knowledgeable staff, will be booking again next year in June for the more advanced run. Highly recommended. Thanks again guys!

  • 19-Sep-2022

    Wow I will do this again! For someone with motion sickness all her life…this is so worth it! Did I say I’m afraid of water too and do not know how to swim?! Well I’m all that and still enjoyed this whitewater rafting experience! Another fear I conquered during our trip! Our guide Josh was so cool too! He made us paddle hard 😂 ✌️ Kidding! Another highly recommended to do when in Jasper!!!

  • 18-Sep-2022

    A first time experience. Gabby, Luke and Kate, made it a day to remember. A super fun time delivered with fun yet extremly professional. Gabby; our skipper delivered knowledge on many subjects throughout. Kate took some excellent photos. We also saw some fantastic wild life; namely a male elk and his harem. Well worth the experience.

  • 17-Sep-2022

    Awesome experience for first time whitewater rafting! Our tour guides Luke and Kate were amazing! Fun and knowledgeable about everything rafting related!

  • 16-Sep-2022

    Myself and my three adult grandchildren booked the 5 mile rafting adventure. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! So much fun and excitement and unbelievably senic. The guides were a amazing. Professional, knowledgeable, helpful engaging we can not say enough. Our particular guide Gabriella was unbelievable, very very good at her job and so much fun a very bright personable young lady. Thank you Athabaska tours you in so many ways made my trip with my grandsons so much more memorable. Douglas Drumm ( Gpa)

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