After watching the rafts float down the Athabasca River from our hotel, I told J that we should try it while we were here as it looked like fun.
There were some requirments to go rafting. I did not want a large group in the raft. I did not want to sit and float down the river. I wanted to paddle and I wanted rapids. Hey I like adventure. 😉
The next day we signed up for a raft trip with Jasper Whitewater Rafting. It was calling for nice weather and would be a perfect way to end our time in Jasper. We chose the two hour white water rafting with a mix of floating down the river and class 2 white water rapids.
We met on the parking lot south of town near the railroad tracks around 12:30 to fill out the paperwork before getting on the bus.
There were three rafts that day with about 8 people plus a guide per raft. They provided us with a wet suit, life jacket and neoprene booties. We wore our bathing suits under our clothes so we could change into our wet suit on the bus. They had the men change first so they could unload the rafts while the women changed.
After our safety orientation, we started down the river. I could not get over how pretty the water was. With the river being fed by glaciers it was very cold.
While floating, we admired the gorgeous scenery. But when we were getting ready to hit the rapids, the guide told everyone to paddle. We put the oars in the water and began to row like our life depended on it. I think the guide tried to make sure everyone got wet as he would take us to the biggest rapids.
We purchased the above pictures with the group going through the rapids from Jasper Whitewater Rafting Company for 30 CAN dollars. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would definitely do it again.
Have you tried whitewater rafting in Jasper?