Anything you don’t mind getting wet! Swimwear is the best choice, but shorts and t-shirt (or something similar) will do. Avoid cotton if possible as it will keep you colder than synthetic or wool fabrics. Also, you will need a pair of socks to wear inside of our neoprene boots.
Do you provide any special clothing?
We will provide a neoprene wetsuit, a pair of neoprene boots, and a lifejacket. If the weather calls for it, we may also provide splash jackets, neoprene jackets, fleeces, toques (aka beanies or warm hats), or gloves.
Where is the meeting location?
Our meeting location is the RV Parking Lot located next to the Jasper Home Building Center (706 Sleepy Hollow Road). Please note that this is not the parking lot where the public washrooms are located. You must cross over the railway tracks from downtown Jasper.
To get to the RV Parking Lot from downtown Jasper, find the set of traffic lights located at the intersection of Connaught Drive (the main street), and Hazel Avenue. From here, you must cross to the other side of the railway tracks. If there is a train at the crossing, you will not be able to drive across, however there is a pedestrian underpass so it is advised to walk from downtown if possible.
Upon arrival, you will be looking for blue or yellow school buses with rafts on the trailer.
Is there a minimum/maximum weight?
On our Sunwapta River trip, there is a minimum weight of 90lbs (~41kg). Other than that, as long as everyone is above the minimum ages, there is no minimum or maximum weight. However, we are required to have all participants wear a neoprene wetsuit. Our sizes go from Kids XS to 4XL. Additionally, these are physical activities; most participants will be required to paddle, and on the Athabasca Falls trip, a 5 minute walk down a trail is necessary to get to the water.
Is there a minimum/maximum age?
Maximum age? No. Minimum age? Yes.
For the Athabasca Mile 5, the minimum age is 5 years old. For the Athabasca Falls, the minimum age is 6 years old. From many years of experience, we have found that for children younger than 5 years old, the chances of them having an enjoyable experience on Class II water are too low for us to offer it as an option. This is for their enjoyment, and the enjoyment of other guests that may be on your raft. The child certainly doesn’t want to be scared for an hour, and other guests certainly don’t want to hear them crying and/or screaming for an hour.
For the Sunwapta River, there is a minimum age of 12 years old (and a minimum weight of 90lbs/41kgs). This minimum age/weight is enforced mainly for safety reasons. Because of the larger rapids, more paddle power is needed in the raft to successfully navigate the Sunwapta River, and children weighing less than 90lbs have a greater chance of being bounced out of the raft.
Am I going to fall out of the raft?
If you pay attention during the Safety Talk which we provide before getting on the water, and follow your guide’s instructions, probably not. Taking into consideration all three of our river trips, about 1 in 2000 people unintentionally end up in the water. However, if you’d like to intentionally end up in the water, we do have swim spots available on our Athabasca River trips.
Disclaimer: We can’t promise anything. Even if you are following all instructions, there is still a chance that you may end up going for a swim. Following instructions, however, does significantly reduce the chances of that happening.
Can I wear my glasses/contacts?
Contacts are generally safe to wear*, but you will want to close your eyes if you anticipate a splash coming, as there is a chance of them getting flushed out with your eyes opens.
As for glasses, if they can pass The Shake Test, you are welcome to wear them on the water*. To perform The Shake Test, put your glasses on, look straight down at the ground, and shake your head vigorously. If your glasses stay securely on, they’ve passed, and are probably safe to wear on the water. If they do not pass, it is not recommended to wear them on the water.
To minimize the chances of your glasses being donated to the river, make sure that you look straight ahead going through rapids. Looking straight ahead means that any splashes will be more likely to push your glasses further onto your face than washing them off. If you turn your head, there is a greater chance that the splash will get under the lenses and wash the glasses off your face.
Can I wear a hat?
Yes*. Splashes and gusts of wind will do their best to knock your hat into the water, but as long as it fits tightly, it should stay on your head. Make sure that if you do wear a hat, tighten any straps as much as you comfortably can. Also keep in mind that if you are on the Sunwapta River, you will be wearing a helmet.
Can I bring my camera/phone?
GoPros and other waterproof action cameras are absolutely welcome* (just make sure you have a secure strap/mount). Other waterproof cameras/phones are also welcome* as long as they have a secure strap. If your camera/phone is not waterproof, or if it does not have a secure strap, it is not recommended to bring on the raft. Whatever you bring will get wet, and you will need to be able to free your hands in order to paddle.
Do you take photos on the trip?
Yes. We take photos on all three of our rafting trips, some right before getting on the water, and some going through some white water rapids. These photos are available for purchase after the trip on a USB stick for $30CAD. The USB stick will contain all of the trip’s photos, and there will be a slideshow during the bus ride back to down so that you can take a look at the photos first.
Where can I put my valuables?
We do not have any lockers available so if you have any valuables that do not need to be brought with (eg. passport, jewelry, etc.), it is recommended that you leave them somewhere safe in your hotel or vehicle. If you have any valuables that do need to be brought with you (eg. car keys, wallet, etc.), it is recommended to bring a small bag/backpack which has a zippered with you. Any valuables and dry clothes can be put inside the bag/backpack which can then be left on the bus while you are on the water*. The zippered pocket will prevent your items from falling out while the bus drives to the take-out.
Should I wear sunscreen?
Yes! Depending on the time of day, there is generally little shade on our rafting trips, and because of the reflections from the water, you will be exposed to even more UV rays. Because of this, sunscreen is recommended even on overcast days.
In which time zone is Jasper located?
In summer, Jasper is on Mountain Daylight Time (MDT, UTC -6). Beware! If you are coming to Jasper from British Columbia, you will be crossing a time zone, going from Pacific Daylight Time (PDT, UTC -7) to Mountain Daylight Time (MDT, UTC -6). This means that you will lose an hour as you cross the provincial border (only 25km west of Jasper) from British Columbia to Alberta. Please take this into consideration when planning your trip.
What sort of training do your guides have?
All guides have at minimum a current Standard First Aid & CPR certification (with many of our guides possessing higher or additional levels of First Aid certifications such as Wilderness First Aid). Guides on the Sunwapta River are also required to have at minimum Level 1 Swiftwater Rescue Training (with many guides possessing higher levels of Swiftwater Rescue Training).
Additionally, at the beginning of their employment with us, guides must complete roughly two weeks of training with the company. Before being able to guide trips solo (without a Certified Guide in the raft with them), for each river section that we run, guides must then pass a written and practical exam. Upon passing, guides will then become certified through the Jasper National Park Professional River Outfitters’ Association, allowing them to commercially guide the sections of river on which they have passed their exams.
Finally, our guides must also complete an Interpretive Knowledge course through the Interpretive Guides’ Association. During this, our guides learn about local and First Nations’ history and culture, as well as local flora, fauna, and geology.
What is your cancellation policy?
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Cancellations are accepted up to 48 hours prior to your trip departure time with a 100% refund. Within 48 hours, your trip is 100% non-refundable.
Please note that bookings made through third-party companies may have different cancellation policies associated with them.
*We are not responsible for any lost/damaged items. If you
bring any items with you, it is at your own risk
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