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Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Downtown Jasper
    Return Details
    Downtown Jasper
    • Highly experienced, certified river guide
    • All necessary technical equipment
    • Return transfers to and from the river, departing from our office in Downtown Jasper
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The trip was fantastic fun. The guys were super friendly, full of info and really professional. Our only disappointment was when the rafting finished, we could have carried on all day. Totally reccommended.
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    Response from TrevorL77, General Manager at Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids
    Responded 13 Aug 2019
    Thanks for your comments on your raft trip with Maligne Adventures, it truly is addictive, hope we see you again on future trips. Regards
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    The guides were awesome..explained things about the area, wildlife and the river. For our trip the river was running faster and higher due to all the rain they have had. The rapids were comfortable and moderate challenging. Would definitely recommend this trip and guide
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    We were a Group of 7 adult family members and wanted a White Water Rafting Experience while we were vacationing in Jasper. None of the group had done this before and a few were nervous of getting thrown out. We discussed this when booking to chose the most suitable run. The
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    Response from TrevorL77, General Manager at Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids
    Responded 13 Aug 2019
    Hello This is a great review for Maligne Adventures, it really lays out the pros and cons for future rafting candidates, very helpful to all. Thanks for joining us on the Sunwapta River, we hope to see you again on future visits to Jasper. Regards
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    This trip was alot of fun. The guys running it were full of information about the area and the river and made everyone feel comfortable out on the water. Our family loves adventure and this was a great addition to our stay in the area.
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    Response from TrevorL77, General Manager at Sunwapta Challenge Whitewater Rafting: Class III Rapids
    Responded 13 Aug 2019
    Hello Susan So great to hear how much your family enjoyed their rafting experience with Maligne Adventures. We will be certain to pass your comments on to our wonderful 'crew'. Regards
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    We took the Sunwapta trip. The checkin went smoothly and the bus left in a timely manner. The scenery was undeniably beautiful and our guide was super friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant to spend time with. However these are oar rig rafts so your guide is doing most of the
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    • Duration: 4h
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    • Languages Offered: English
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