Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids
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Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids
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Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids

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About this activity
A 45-minute bus journey brings you to the river's southern put-in where you will be given all the necessary equipment and will change into your wetsuit. Being prepared with your swimsuit on under your clothes allows you to be suited up and ready for the river in record time! You will be given an in-depth briefing on all rafting procedures and safety precautions before getting wet and wild on this turbulent ride.

‘Sunwapta’ is the Stoney Indian term for ‘turbulent river’ and this river lives up to its name. Traveling in 6 passenger self-bailing rafts, your expert guide will maneuver your group skillfully down the 13 kilometer stretch of river punching through a consistent flow of Class II rapids in-between several sections of Class III whitewater.

Set in a pristine wilderness area of Jasper National Park, the Sunwapta is a low volume, technical river that follows the Endless Chain Mountain Range from its source at the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. You will be surrounded by spectacular Canadian Rockies scenery in prime wildlife habitat allowing the chance to spot elusive native wildlife from the raft or during the scenic bus ride.

All technical equipment will be supplied including paddles, wetsuits, neoprene booties, paddle jackets and helmets. You will need to wear a swimsuit or t-shirt and shorts under your casual clothing. Be prepared to get soaked! Bring dry clothes, a towel and on cooler days, wool socks to wear inside the booties and a warm jacket to put on afterwards. You are also welcome to bring snacks and water to enjoy on the bus ride to and from the river.

These trips do not require any previous experience and are suited for physically active individuals, 12 years and above and weighing at least 90 lbs (41 kgs) who are looking for an exhilarating ride.

The total round-trip time is 4 hours which includes 1.5 hours on the water, instruction/safety briefing and all transfers to and from the river. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure for check-in procedures and to meet with your guide.
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  • Highly experienced, certified river guide
  • All necessary technical equipment
  • Return transfers to and from the river, departing from our office in Downtown Jasper
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • All day parking is located in the parking lot directly across the street.
  • You are required to check-in and sign waivers 15 minutes prior to departure time
  • Dress with a swimsuit underneath your street clothing and bring warm clothing for afterwards. It is also recommended to bring a drink and snack for after the tour
  • This trip runs in all weather conditions. Participants will be provided with all the necessary technical equipment including wetsuits, spray jackets, neoprene booties, helmets and lifejackets, however on cooler days, those prone to feeling the cold should bring either a fleece or wool jacket to wear underneath the spray jacket (no cotton should be worn)
  • Participants must be at least 12 years of age and weigh a minimum of 90 lbs (41 kg)
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for those with back injuries
  • All departure times listed are in Alberta Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST)
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund


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