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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Wild Current Outfitters (Rafting & Canoe Adventures)
- Alpine Art Eco-Tours ( Guided Tours )
- Jasper Adventure Centre ( Guided Tours )
- Edge Control (Ski & Outdoor Store)
- Pure Outdoors (snowsports/watersports rentals)
- Jasper’s Whitewater Rafting Company (Rafting Tours)
- Rocky Mountain River Guides (Rafting Tours)
- Jasper Raft Tours (Rafting Tours)
- Maligne Adventures (Rafting Tours)
- On-Line Sport & Tackle (Fishing Guides)