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Sunwapta River Rafting Tour

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Per Person Ages 12+

Experience Jasper’s Roller Coaster!

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.