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Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip
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Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip

By Jasper Rafting Adventures
Recommended by 99% of travellers
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About
If you're ready for a thrilling whitewater rafting outing in Jasper National Park, don't bother with a mellow tour when you can enjoy this self-drive adventure through Grade 3 rapids. Rain or shine, head out on the Sunwapta River for an adrenaline-fueled adventure. Just don your included wetsuit, layer up for warmth, and head out on the river. Cruise the speedy rapids, and enjoy the mountainous landscape as you go.
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Ages 12-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 2h 15m
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Live guide: English, French
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Highlights
  • Paddle hard and get wet on a Sunwapta River whitewater rafting adventure
  • Ride in a raft with six travelers, and get ready with a safety introduction
  • Novices are welcome, with time to practice paddling before the rapids start
  • Don't plan anything—equipment, warm layers, gloves, and helmet are included

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Professional guide
  • All equipment for rafting
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Start:
  • Icefields Parkway, AB-93, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
    Please arrive 15 minutes before your trip time. It is a ~45 minute drive from Jasper to the Self-Drive pickup location, so please plan accordingly to ensure you arrive on time. The Self-Drive pickup location is the Highway 93 rest stop located 300m south of the Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 25575P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Minimum age of 12 years old
    • A waiver will need to be signed prior to your rafting trip
    • Late and No Show Policy - Please double check the date, time and pick up location on your confirmation. Our primary pick up location is the RV Parking Lot and scheduled departure times are based on this location. Out of respect for other guests, we ask that all participants arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. If you have chosen a pick up location other than the RV Parking Lot, please note the pick up time for your location. There will be no refund provided if you arrive after departure time or do not show for the date and time of your scheduled trip.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately, we go rain or shine
    • Wear your bathing suit under your clothes
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip?
    Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip price starts from C$128.65. Discover and book Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip on Tripadvisor
    What is the Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip cancellation policy?
    Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip?
    Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip is hosted by Jasper Rafting Adventures. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Jasper Rafting Adventures on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 2h 15m. Discover and book Sunwapta River Self-Drive Rafting Trip on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 25575P2

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    • Jasper Rafting Adventures
      1,301
      Jasper, Alberta, Canada
    • Knowle300
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      More please!
      This was the first time rafting for the rest of my family and they were a bit nervous about the experience - especially given the weather as there had been a snow fall overnight at the air temperature was barely above freezing and this was August! But the family couldnt have enjoyed it more! The staff were really friendly and helpful, there was plenty of kit to make sure we stayed warm, and my daughters felt so warm they decided to jump into the freezing water and float along side the raft and loved it. Whilst not the most adventurous trip in terms of white water it was enough to be exciting and by the end the whole family wanted to go white water rafting again!
      Written January 28, 2024
    • A285HAcraigh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome experience in Jasper
      Loved it! Great fun, beautiful views, incredibly clear pristine water, and an icy cold swim at the end. Highly recommended for families (including our kids ages 10 and 8).
      Written November 13, 2023
    • R448JMkevinb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wild, Wet and Wonderful
      Absolutely brilliant! I went with my wife and daughter who both loved the experience. Some fantastic rapids that got us all wet. The whole team were amazing and made the trip such fun. Even got the got chance to jump into the river..very cold but exhilarating! Would highly recommend it.
      Written October 5, 2023
    • an2niaht
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Strongly Recommend this amazing experience.
      Certainly one of the best experiences we’ve had so far on our Canada vacation. From start to finish we felt welcome, safe and, most importantly, we had lots of fun! The scenery is second to none, and the river rafting route was so beautiful. Mountains and rafting together, what’s not to love! Strongly recommend. Biggest shout out goes to Josh who was our rafter. He captained the raft wonderfully, made it fun, gave us interesting facts about the surrounding country side and also made us laugh because he created a fun environment. Jordan who ran the trip was also tip top, making us feel welcome at the top and provided comprehensive safety guidance. Final compliment goes to Maxime in the office who made our day by helping us swap our session. Without her help and kindness we wouldn’t have experienced this memorable afternoon.
      Written September 25, 2023
    • jodiev743
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great fun white water rafting!!
      Great fun! We were advised that with us being so late in the season a lot of the tours had stopped as water levels were getting low. There was no pressure selling and we were clearly told it was a 'tamer' experience this time of year. We booked anyway and had a great time! The guide was great and he purposefully steered us into all the fun bits and in the calmer sections gave us information on the mountains and area that was very interesting and the scenery was stunning. Even though it wasn't the white knuckle rafting we were hoping for it was great fun and would definitely recommend this company.
      Written September 25, 2023
    • MarkPortsmouth
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience in fantastic place and great guides
      From start to finish the tour was excellent. Guides were fun and informative (Luke is great with knowledge of the river). All equipment provided, pickup and drop off easy in central location with free parking for us to drive to. Clear and good fun Health and safety brief from Kate on the way to the river. River ride was great with some great splashes and drops but all still very safe. Luke shared his knowledge of the local nature, river, etc which just added to the perfect scenery. Would definitely use again with no hesitation.
      Written September 24, 2023
    • 413bakhtawarr
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      My visit
      Brilliant please go for it. Safe, informative and a great experience on the river. Great feeling once on the river, looked after from start to finish.
      Written September 22, 2023
    • gtrevino4
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thrilling and fun!
      The tour was so much fun. The crew makes it easy and comfortable for everyone. They have neoprene suits for all sizes and ages. You change into them in the bus so I suggest wearing whatever you're going to wear underneath the neoprene suits under the clothes you arrive in. Everyone gets to participate in paddling. If you want to get wet, sit in the front. The rapids are easy to navigate. You get the chance to dipin the cold river for 30 seconds. We did and it was bearable with the gear provided. Perfect for first timers or beginners. During the tour, someone takes your pictures while rafting and they are available for purchase at the end of the tour. Cash or card accepted. Safe tour and easy for everyone.
      Written September 19, 2023
    • Mitchell L
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun,easy,scenic
      We had a wonderful float down the athabasca! Our raft guide was Felix, he was pretty knowledgeable able the area and rafting and overall a very nice guy. This is more of a chill float when it comes to white water (all class 2)but a great way to view the scenery!
      Written September 17, 2023
    • jordynp435
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing rafting trip!
      We had such a great time on our rafting adventure yesterday! Rafting was so fun and our guide Ameer was so fun and knowledgeable about Jasper. September is not too cold to go rafting! Thanks to Maxine in the office as well for helping us out!! We will be back :)
      Written September 12, 2023
    • 230isobell
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great way to end off our Jasper experience
      My friends and I booked a rafting adventure with Maxine, who was so lovely in explaining what our time would entail and really selling the fantastic experience. She hooked us up with an amazing raft guide to make the most of our experience! On our rafting tour, we got the excellent guide Ameer on our raft. He was terrific at giving us fun facts, a great experience and getting us totally soaked! (Which is exactly what we wanted!) This was our first time rafting, but certainly not our last, as it was full of fun! If you aren’t sure if September is too late or not to go rafting, let this be your sign to send it! Because you wear wet suits, you do not get cold at all! We got in the water three times, and it was so much fun! If you're questioning whether or not to go rafting while in Jasper, let this be your sign!
      Written September 12, 2023
    • A9933SAjessicat
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      White water rafting Jasper
      Great fun, beautiful scenery and a very fun activity to do. Would recommend! Our guide Ameer was great
      Written September 12, 2023
    • rtO2206XU
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great first rafting experience
      Had such an awesome rafting experience with Ameer on the 5 Mile! Will definitely be back! Thanks to Maxine in the office for hooking us up with such a great time!!
      Written September 12, 2023
    • cindysF6864ZK
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Gorgeous scenery with so much fun!
      Erin, Kate, Ellie and our driver/photographer made our raft ride so much fun! Highly recommend rafting with Jasper rafting!!!
      Written September 12, 2023
    • 208thanhh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Summer Adventure 2023
      The adventure was amazing. Beautiful view. Kate was rock, just love her. The equipment provided was really nice. Keep us warm and safe! Cheers Helen
      Written September 8, 2023
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    firelily044
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021
    Great guides and gorgeous scenery made for a fun adventure for a mom and 2 teens. Staff know what they are doing and do it very efficiently and professionally instilling confidence in nervous nellies like me. Our guide Jacob was amazing. The trip started gently but built to a nice long stretch of awesome! The neoprene jackets on top of the wet suits made a big difference keeping us warmer than wetsuits alone. While the class 3 rating was a bit intimidating, we ended up wishing we had more time on the water and even a bit more of a challenge. It was an amazing experience and all 3 of us recommend it. The digital photos available at the end were a nice touch and fantastic souvenir.
    Written August 4, 2021
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    Evelyn S
    Edmonton, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020 • Family
    As a family of 4 we were treated very well,our guide Spencer checked that we were warm, was friendly and provided clear directions. While it rained most of our trip , we still really enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend this company. It was perfect.
    Written June 28, 2020
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    Alison B
    Manchester, UK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Family
    Wow!! We loved this adventure. We were first time rafters (most people in the group were) but felt safe at all times in the capable hands of our guide Laya. She made the experience fun and exhilarating and gave easy instructions to follow. We went with a 17 and 18 year old and they loved it as well.
    Written August 11, 2022
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    Sacred Escapades
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Couples
    The guides were great! I was a whitewater guide and I give this company 5 stars in all areas. My wife loved the trip. It was an oar frame paddle combo and Erin handled the oars and high water well. The other 4 people in the boat were 1st timers and they had a ball. Nice easy class 3 with some great waves to hit.
    Written August 25, 2022
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    Jodie H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Couples
    We did our rafting adventure on a rainy day in August- the perfect wet weather activity! We were both beginners and had only rafted one time before, several years ago.

    The other group that were booked on with us didn’t turn up, so we ended up as a party of two and essentially had a private trip. I think a party of two no doubt made it much more difficult for the leaders (and probably much more tiring)- but Jordan was a fantastic raft leader and really took the time to get to know us both and give us the best possible trip. Jordan absolutely knew the river and all the best spots to give us the best experience. We were soaked and smiling the whole trip.

    Shane also took some great pictures along the way which we were delighted to see at the end. We were on our honeymoon and Jordan and Shane gave us a little gift at the end which was incredibly thoughtful and topped off a fantastic trip.

    Couldn’t recommend anymore!!
    Written August 4, 2022
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    Sarah
    Leduc, Canada5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did the Sunwapta River rafting experience (used shuttle did not do self-drive). UNREAL experience. The guide Tom was great and so were the other staff members, totally worth every penny! We had a blast and will be back! Highly recommend when visiting Jasper, but not for people who are scared of rafting as there are lots of bumps and waves. But don't worry too much, no one fell out of the raft!
    Written July 29, 2021
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    Ryan
    Hamilton, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • Friends
    It was an awesome time! Jordan was great and made it very exciting for us. I’d recommend taking off watches and jewelry before you go because I lost my watch, and you’re going to get soaked but it’s a ton of fun. Probably the most worthwhile excursion I’ve done in Alberta. The level 3 is not overly intense and id say it’s suitable for anyone of any age but it’s still fun regardless
    Written July 14, 2021
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    Brant M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jordan and Erin, our two guides, helped my wife and I celebrate our 45th anniversary with a thrilling, chilling ride down the Sunwapta River this past weekend. They were professional, knowledgeable and totally friendly during our time together. If you want to raft in Jasper make sure you ride the Sunwapta, way more adrenaline pumping than the mighty Athabasca!
    Thanks Erin, Jordan and the rest of the Jasper Rafting crew.
    Written June 21, 2021
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    Heather W
    Jasper, Alberta7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021 • Friends
    Professional and knowledgeable, super fun guides
    on very sporty river with lots of rapids and action.
    Absolutely incredible views.
    Highly recommend to any visitor to Jasper or local for a exciting trip
    Written June 3, 2021
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    Alex M
    Newport, UK19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did the Sunwampta tour with 4 people from Jasper. Easy parking at the far end of town for pick up from the RV parking lot over the railway tracks. Watch for trains! We were delayed 20 minutes waiting for a passing freight train. Leave plenty of time and walk the 2 minutes back across into town if you need to fill time when safely parked up.

    Yellow school buses take you to the rafting location. Personal property is able to be safely stored on the bus. Suggest a towel and clothing change.

    We had a great first rafting experience with plenty of safety checks, tuition and practise on a slow moving section before 25 minutes of class 3 rapids.

    Several further sections of rapids on a good long trip down the river with time to check the great scenery too.

    Young enthusiastic river guides and had a great experience which felt exciting without ever being overwhelming.

    Great fun and photos are done on the river at various points which can be collected at the trip end on a memory stick.

    Would recommend the company and the experience. Wetsuits / boots and life vests provided. Jackets were available but the weather was warm enough.

    Whole trip lasts as stated about 3 1/2 hours.
    Written August 2, 2022
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