Boating and Rafting in Jasper National Park
Boating and Rafting
Boating in rowboats and canoes is allowed on most of the ponds and lakes in the park. Boats with electric motors without on-board generators are allowed on most road-accessible lakes, but the use of gas-powered motors is restricted. It's always wise to ask park staff about restrictions before launching your boat.
The rafting season runs from May through September and children as young as six years of age can participate on some of the float trips. The Athabasca River has Class II white-water rapids; the Sunwapta and Fraser rivers have Class III rapids.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Jasper Raft Tours. Take a half-day float trip on the Athabasca with Jasper Raft Tours. 780/852–2665 or 888/553–5628. www.jasperrafttours.com.
Jasper Whitewater Rafting. A well-regarded local company, Jasper Whitewater Rafting runs a variety of rafting adventures on the Athabasca and Sunwapta rivers. pick up at Sunwapta Falls parking lot, Jasper, AB. 780/852–7238 or 800/557–7238. www.whitewaterraftingjasper.com.
Maligne Rafting Adventures. This tour operator offers rafting on the Athabasca, Sunwapta, and Fraser rivers as well as inflatable kayak trips. Overnight and day trips are available on Class II, III, or IV rapids. 616 Patricia St., Jasper National Park, AB, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3370 or 866/625–4463. www.raftjasper.com.
Rocky Mountain River Guides. You can experience a variety of rafting trips for different levels of rafters with Rocky Mountain River Guides. 626 Connaught Dr., Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0. 780/852–3777. www.rmriverguides.com.
Whitewater Rafting (Jasper) Ltd. offers half-day trips on the Athabasca and Sunwapta rivers. 780/852–7238 or 800/557–7238.
Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting. This outfitter offers rafting excursions on the Fraser River near Mount Robson Provincial Park, 89 km (55 miles) west of Jasper. Rafters can choose between a two-hour scenic float trip, a three-hour whitewater excursion, or a full-day rafting adventure on Class I and Class III rapids. Free overnight camping is available with the purchase of any rafting trip. Mount Robson Lodge, 5 km (3 miles) west of Mt. Robson Provincial Park on Hwy. 16, BC. 250/852–4566 or 888/566–7238. www.mountrobsonwhitewater.com. $59–$139.
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