Sunwapta is the Stoney Indian term for "turbulent river" and this river lives up to its name fully!  With a steep gradient and numerous rapids, this is Jasper's wild water roller coaster ride.

The only class 3 located fully within Jasper National Park, it offers spectacular scenery and good wildlife opportunities.  Don’t miss the high water from mid-June to late July!

These trips do not require any previous experience and are suited for physically active individuals who weigh 90 lbs (41 kgs) or more and are looking for an exhilarating ride.

Difficulty Level: Class 3 (Intermediate), perfect for physically active first timers and experienced rafters looking for whitewater excitement.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Ages 12+, Minimum Weight 90 Pounds/41 Kilograms):

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Tour / Activity Details

4 hours
9:30 am & 1:30 pm daily (Mid June to Late August)

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Minimum Age is 12.  Tour includes Jasper hotel pick up.  Rates are per person in US Dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

COVID-19 Protocols Updates

By order of the Government of Alberta, masks, government-issued identification, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test completed within the last 72 hours are currently required for your visit.

Alberta public health measures are being phased out in 3 steps, beginning with lower-risk activities. The province enters Step 1 on February 9, 2022.  As of February 14, children ages 12 and under no longer are required to wear face masks. In Step 2, tentatively set to begin March 1, 2020 if hospitalizations are trending downward, indoor masking for adults will no longer be required. The timeline for Alberta entering Step 3 (the final step) and the specific guidelines at that time are to be determined and will depend on hospitalization rates continuing to trend downward.

Your outfitter is committed to the ongoing safety of its customers and employees. To reduce the risk of virus transmission, it currently has implemented precautionary measures in all stages of its operation. To ensure the success of these measures, the outfitter relies on the full cooperation of customers and employees.

The safety measures implemented include:

  1. Monitor employees' health
  2. Enforce physical distancing
  3. The wearing of masks by employees and guests is mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Alberta
  4. PPEs are used where recommended
  5. Reduced the number of touchpoints and increased cleaning of remaining touchpoints
  6. Employees are trained on enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures
  7. Customers and employees must adhere to the outfitter's policies and procedures.

A full list of the measures in place for your trip will be available in the rafting buses. It is hoped the environment returns to normal in the not-too-distant future, but until then, these protocols are the new normal.


What's Included

  • Transportation to and from the river
  • Self-bailing rafts
  • Life jackets
  • Wet suits
  • Paddle jackets
  • Booties
  • Paddles
  • Helmets (where necessary)
  • Licensed raft guides


What to Bring/Wear

  • Wear a bathing suit or shorts under your street clothes.
  • Whatever clothing you wear under your wet suit will get wet, so bring a towel and a dry change of clothes.
  • If you tend to get cold easily or if the weather is cold and/or rainy, you should bring extra warm clothing to wear under the paddle jacket provided to guests.
  • Polypropylene or wool garments provide the best insulation when wet.
  • Don't forget to bring wool socks to wear inside the booties on cooler days.


Waiver Requirement 

  • While your guides will take every reasonable precaution, outdoor activities such as trekking, whitewating rating, kayaking and camping involve inherent risks.
  • When participating in these types of adventures you do so at your own risk.
  • You will be asked to read, complete and sign a Liability Waiver form prior to your departure.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between "paddle " and "paddle assist" rafting? -- In both methods each client uses a paddle to help maneuver the raft down the river. In "paddle" rafting on the Novice, Class 2 trips the guide sits in the rear and uses a paddle to steer the raft through the rapids. In "paddle assist" rafting the guide uses a unique rear mounted rowing frame, complete with oars to steer the raft. This technique is used for the Intermediate rivers, graded Class 3 or higher, to allow the guides greater control of the rafts.

How are rivers and trips graded? -- Rivers and trips are graded on an international scale that ranges from the easiest Class 1 to the near impossible Class 6. As the numbers get higher the difficulty and excitement increase.

Do you need experience to go on the Intermediate Class 3 and 3+ trips? -- More than 90% of passengers are first time rafters. As long as you weigh at least 90 lbs. (41 kgs.) and are physically active (you have to paddle and help carry the rafts to and from the river), you can take part in the Intermediate trips.

How many people per raft? -- For paddle rafting, the rafts can accommodate 6 to 10 passengers. The paddle assist rafts accommodate 6 to 8 passengers.

What is provided and what do I wear? -- Transportation is provided to and from the river as well as life jackets, wet suits, paddle jackets, booties, paddles and helmets (where necessary). You will change into your rafting gear at the rivers' edge so you must wear a bathing suit or shorts under your street clothes. These items are worn under your wetsuits and will get wet. Bring a towel and dry clothes for after the trip. When the weather is rainy or cold you should also bring additional clothing (wool or polypropylene is best) to wear under your wet suits.

What happens if it rains? -- All trips go rain or shine; you're going to get wet anyway! Remember that you will be provided with a wet suit and paddle jacket. If it's cold or you get cold easily, remember to bring extra wool or polypropylene clothing to wear under your suit.


48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Minimum Age is 12.  Tour includes Jasper hotel pick up.  Rates are per person in US Dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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