How do you know which trip is right for you? The experts here at the Jasper Rafting Alliance can help you decide.
Rivers and rapids are rated on an international scale which ranges from the easiest Class 1 to the near impossible Class 6. As the numbers get higher the difficulty and excitement increase. Our goal is to provide our guests with the most enjoyable rafting experience possible.
Class I: Relaxing!
Gentle, moving water. Very small waves requiring little or no maneuvering.
Class II: You might get splashed.
Regular waves, easy to see, may reach 3 to 4 feet in height. Avoiding rocks, river bends or other obstacles may require simple maneuvering.
Class III: You will get wet!
Large, continuous series or sets of waves, some in excess of 6 feet. “Holes” or “hydraulics” may be present, and can be run or avoided. Small drops, ledges or waterfalls may be present. Scouting the rapids is suggested for all but the most experienced of Canadian rafters.
Class IV: You will get soaked!
Confused and erratic waves or holes. Large obstructions need to be avoided in what are referred to as “must moves.” Risk of injury if swimming without benefit of a raft! Very difficult and scouting is required.
Class V: Adrenaline junkies only!
High risk of capsize or injury. For most people, Class V goes off the “fun” scale and enters the “kinda scary” scale! Very challenging for even the most experienced whitewater rafter. Limit of navigation and scouting is essential.
Class VI: Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Virtually non-navigable, or navigable only at particularly favorable river levels. Only for the most experienced rafters.
With this in mind, the following chart will help you decide which of the trips we offer is right for you and your family.
|Great for families and apprehensive first time rafters.|
|Sunwapta or Fraser||Intermediate
|For physically active first timers and experienced rafters looking for whitewater excitement.|
|For those looking for an extended, remote, overnight trip with great whitewater.|