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Looking for the best places to Raft in and around Athabasca? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Raft in and around Athabasca.

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Diverse is how we would best describe the paddling in this mountain/prairie province. In the west of the province runs are characterized by beautiful backdrops, continuous rivers and cold water. Everything from mellow multi day floats in national parks to hairy class V creeking is available in the west. As you move further east the gradient drops but there are still plentiful paddling options for those looking to float mellow rivers in really unique surroundings. It is a huge province so don't neglect to look north and south too. A very worthwhile paddling destination in it's own right.

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Raft Trips or Routes


Athabasca To Riverside OR Poachers Landing
Athabasca River - 2 different takeout options on this run. The longer being a 56 km (34 mile) paddle from the town boat launch to Poacher's Landing Provincial Park. The shorter being approx. half the distance to Riverside Recreation area.
Smith To Athabasca
Athabasca River - 115 km (70 mile) paddle from the Hamlet of Smith to Athabasca. Easy paddle down the river with numerous islands to camp on for dispersed camping (no facilities).
Athabasca to Grand Rapids (250 km +/-)
Athabasca River - Depending on where you put-in. Town of Athabasca, Poachers Landing, or Calling River confluence, will determine the number of nights (from 2 to 4) required for wilderness camping en-route to the lodge, which is the last available take-out before reaching the city of Fort. McMurray at Km 420. The 250 to 200 km paddle is pretty much flat with only a couple sets of small rapids. This stretch of the Athabasca will take you through miles of pristine Boreal wilderness, providing amazing scenery, abundant wildlife, and many historical locations.


Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures

(780) 675-3784 or (780) 689-0567

Box 824. Athabasca, AB. Can.

Paddle UR Way Rentals

780 689-9231

athabasca, ab

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