The voyage to Athabasca Island

Athabasca Island

Pic­ture your­self on a desert­ed island,  in the mid­dle of the riv­er, Rocky Moun­tain style. Haul your camp­ing gear for a night or two. Let the riv­er take you effort­less­ly down­stream. It is always bet­ter when the water is high. Bring your own fire­wood, as there won’t be any to use, unless you want to camp with­out a fire.

Chill­in’ way to float
Haul­ing gear on inflat­a­bles

Meth­ods of trav­el­ing to this area is Canoe, Kayak and Raft. I find a raft is is the slow­est means, but it can haul plen­ty of gear.

Soft sandy beach
remote and serene

Start­ing points on this trip can vary. Sev­er­al areas, you can park and put in to the riv­er. Old Fort Point (my favorite), park­ing and easy access to the riv­er, also the end­ing point to the raft­ing com­pa­nies, be sure not to park where the raft­ing com­pa­nies need access to.

beau­ty sur­rounds this place
pri­vate beach

Short­er dis­tance access is at the Mobery bridge (the one that cross­es the Athabas­ca to access the Fair­mont Jasper Park Lodge and Maligne val­ley), the grav­el area just north of the bridge is where you can put in.

the hauler, every­thing you need can be packed
more options after this island

Anoth­er access is the Sixth Bridge, there is park­ing where the day use area is plus you can put in at the Maligne riv­er to get a lit­tle rush pri­or to con­nect­ing the Athabas­ca riv­er.

Did I men­tion, pack fire­wood?
fire­wood, check!

What ever you decide, you still have to shut­tle a vehi­cle at Jasper Lakes, there are some park­ing pull outs on the south­side of Hwy 16. When you come out from the Athabas­ca Island, you will hit slow and shal­low waters of the Jasper Lakes, just head for the hwy and you should find your vehi­cle.

go just a lit­tle fur­ther and the land­ing will be bet­ter

Book your camp­site with Parks Cana­da and your vehi­cle and you should have no trou­ble park­ing over night at these points. Hope this helps, and if you need more info on this, please leave a com­ment below.

Access: Athabas­ca Riv­er, head North East

Park­ing: Old Fort Point, North side of Mober­ly Bridge

Trail­head: Almost any egress along the Athabas­ca Riv­er

Activ­i­ties: Sights / Raft­ing / Canoe­ing / Kayak­ing



8 thoughts on “Athabasca Island”

  1. Hey, Im look­ing at doing this trip and need some help please

    Could you tell me how far the island is from the put in?
    Where did you take out and leave your car?


  2. Hi, thanks for the arti­cle! Think­ing of this trip and would like to know if you are able to rent a raft or kayak? If not, is it safe to walk across the riv­er?

  3. How chal­leng­ing is the riv­er? I would like to bring my kids with my wife and I on their first overnighter on a riv­er.

    1. The riv­er sec­tion from Old Fort Point to Athabas­ca Island is a class 1, so real­ly, just mov­ing water, clear chan­nels and main­ly float. Have fun.

  4. Hi there do you think it is pos­si­ble to rent a taxi in Hin­ton to shut­tle us back to our first vehi­cle?

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