Jasper Rafting Trip On Athabasca River Mile 5

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:30 PM May 21-September 5, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM May 7-20 and September 6-24 Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    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 light.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Experience Jasper-canada">Jasper's Athabasca River Mile 5 run! Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery on this 2-hour round trip adventure. The Athabasca River Mile 5 run is a perfect introduction to white water rafting and a must-do family adventure in Jasper!


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level

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. 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 theres 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.


GST (Goods and Services Tax)


Hotel pickup and drop-off, call for details

All equipment and transportation



Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Please arrive at meeting place 15 minutes prior to departure

Traveler Reviews

  • 02-Sep-2019

    Wonderful adventure. Great guide (Damian) was very informative along our route.. Overall a great day on the waters.
    Only issue I had was the rain jacket had a bit of an odour.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    Tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour was run efficiently and on time, and was a great experience for our three young boys