Whitewater Rafting on the Athabasca River, Jasper

The Athabasca River in Jasper National Park

The Athabasca River offers Canadian History, Wild Beauty, and Whitewater Fun for Banff and Jasper Rafters

The scenic Athabasca River – or the Atha B, as the locals call it – is a designated Canadian Heritage River not only because of its beauty but its importance to the fur trade that once flourished in this region. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful rivers in not just Alberta, but all of Western Canada. It offers whitewater rafters the chance to take in not only Alberta whitewater, but also the alpine beauty of Jasper National Park, where the river originates, and the nearby environs.

The Athabasca River is great for those looking for a calmer whitewater rafting experience with a touch of adventure. The river is marked by a series of lively Class II rapids interspersed with stretches of calm flat water, which gives rafters the opportunity to take in the wonderful alpine beauty. A popular trip with Alberta paddlers and visitors alike begins at the base of Athabasca Falls, where the river plunges some 30 feet; from here, rafters take on a series of rapids where the river flows through steep canyon walls. Once through the canyon, the river opens out into the wonders of the scenic Athabasca River Valley.

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