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Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids

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Overview

Take on the Class II and Class III white-water rapids of the Sunwapta River with a 4-hour rafting adventure from Jasper, following the dramatic Endless Chain Ridge through Jasper National Park. You’ll paddle alongside an experienced river guide, splashing over an 8-mile (13-km) stretch of fun rapids. This 4-hour whitewater rafting trip includes all necessary equipment and instruction, as well as round-trip transport from a central location in Jasper.
  • 4-hour whitewater adventure from Jasper
  • Paddle the Sunapta River
  • Shoot Class II and Class II rapids with an experienced guide
  • All necessary equipment and instruction included
  • Round-trip transport from a central location in Jasper
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Highly experienced, certified river guide
All necessary technical equipment
Return transfers to and from the river, departing from our Downtown Location
Gratuities
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Food and drinks
Jasper , Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada

Our meeting location is in the parking lot across from the Shell Gas Station on Connaught Drive in Downtown Jasper 15 minutes before your trip departure time. Look for the White Rafting Van for check in procedure. All day Parking is available in the public parking lot.

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to a central location in Jasper, then travel 45 minutes to a put-in spot by the Sunwapta River in Jasper National Park. Wear a swimsuit under your clothes so you’ll be ready for a quick change into a wetsuit, neoprene booties, and a paddle jacket, and on cooler days, bring a pair of wool socks to wear inside the neoprene booties. 

Meet the river guides for a briefing on white water paddling technique and safety, then hit the river in self-bailing rafts that accommodate up to six passengers. The name of the Sunwapta comes from the Stoney Indian term “turbulent river,” and during the highest-water months of mid-June to late July, it lives up to its name with a consistent mix of Class II and Class III rapids.

Watch for wildlife at the edge of the water, as Jasper National Park is habitat for everything from tiny pikas to grizzly bears and moose, and enjoy views of the dramatic Rocky Mountain landscape. After roughly 1.5 hours on the water, steer to shore at a take out point—it’s a great idea to bring a towel and warm clothes to change into when you get off the river.

This 4-hour whitewater trip concludes with return transfer to Jasper.
Itinerary
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Maligne Adventures
‘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 rideThese 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. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure for check-in procedures.
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Maligne Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids.

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star-5
Great time on the Sunwapta.
Kathie_L
, Aug 2021
The whole family enjoyed every minute. It was well organized and well run. We were in good hands with our guides.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello Kathie Great to hear that your family enjoyed their Sunwapta River raft trip with Maligne Adventures. We look forward to seeing you again on future outings. Regards Trevor
star-5
Fun rafting experience
Janessa_G
, Aug 2021
Lots of fun. Friendly and knowledgeable guides. This was our first time rafting and we had such a great time we can’t wait to go again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello Janess Thank you for taking the time to comment on your Sunwapta River raft trip with Maligne Adventures. Great to hear that you enjoyed your first time rafting adventure. We look forward to seeing you again on future trips. Regards Trevor
star-5
Great fun for all ages
Naomi_S
, Aug 2021
Great family fun !! We all had a great time and got soaked . Safety was a priority and the whole trip was quite enjoyable . Would definitely do this again !
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello Naomi Great to hear that your family enjoyed their experience with Maligne Rafting Adventures. We hope to see you again on future outings. Regards Trevor
star-5
Fun
Evelyn_K
, Aug 2021
The staff was friendly and lots of fun. They knew their job well and didn’t waste any time. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello Evelyn, thank you for rafting with Maligne Adventures. We are glad you had a good time with us. Hopefully we will see you again in beautiful Jasper. Kind regards Petra, Maligne Adventures Office
star-5
Amazing experience.
George_B
, Jul 2021
Excellent service. The guide, Ty, very professional, knowing the river's every corner. and very helpful. Thank you Ty.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello George, thank you for your kind words. We are happy you've had a great time with us. I'll make sure to pass your words onto Ty. We hope to see you again in Jasper. Kind regards Petra, Maligne Adventures Office
star-5
The best!!!!
Berlynn_H
, Sep 2020
Had a great time with friends!!! Looking forward to doing more intense rafting for next time. Thanks for a great time!
star-5
Rapids
Clarice_K
, Aug 2020
So much fun! We were lucky, the weather was hot and being splashed was a great way to cool down. Our guide, Liz, was fantastic.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hi Clarice Thank you for taking the time to review your Sunwapta Raft trip with Maligne adventures. Great to hear that Liz provided a positive experience and we will be sure to pass your comments on to her! Regards Trevor
star-5
Perfect
Mark_F
, Jul 2020
Greatest time with the best guides will definitely go back again highly recommend the level 3 rapids
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thanks Mark Great to hear that you enjoyed your rafting experience with Maligne Adventures on the Sunwapta River. We look forward to seeing you again on future trips! Regards Trevor
star-5
Nancy getting absolutely soaked to the bones in the front seat.
John_S
, Jul 2020
My wife and I and 5 of our children went on the 9:30am rafting trip down the Sunwapta Whitewater Rafting Tour..... WOW! What a BLAST OF FUN! Talk about the perfect Family Adventure to share together = Lifelong Memory. Thank you to our guide Kalib (forgive the spelling error?), he was just the absolute best. He guided us down the waterfalls and sinkholes with such precision... kidding... he was a total pro. It was a safe, fun, incredible experience, and our heartfelt THANKYOU's go out to all at Maligne Rafting Adventures. John & Catharine & Family
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hello John, Catharine & Family Thanks for your review of your recent Sunwapta Raft trip with Maligne Adventures. Great to hear that our guide was able to provide such a positive experience for you and your family. We will be certain to pass your comments on to all of our 'crew'. Regards Trevor
star-5
A Great wet Exoerience
Ronald_I
, Jul 2020
Fabulous time. Jason provided us a safe, fun afternoon. Ride was exhilarating and not your common floater trip. Be prepared to work with carry raft to /from river and paddle.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Hi Ronald Thanks for joining us on the Sunwapta River, the Maligne Adventures crew will appreciate your positive comments. Regards Trevor

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