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Wilderness canoeing expedition on the Athabasca River in Alberta


Expect fun, thrills and action on this guided wilderness canoe trip on the Athabasca River in Alberta. You and your partner will learn to 'read' the water and practice minimum impact camping on this true wilderness canoeing adventure. 

This canoeing trip begins in the town of Hinton, located in the foothills of the Rockies, and takes you 190 km down the mighty Athabasca River, ending in the town of Whitecourt.  Along the way you will have a chance to fish in unspoiled trout streams, view wildlife, swim and relax around a campfire. There are no towns, no houses along the route, just the wide river, islands and forests. A truly Canadian adventure for first time and experienced paddlers.

No paddling experience is necessary. The trip includes a couple of days of intense training on quiet waters that will prepare you for the days on untamed rivers. Your guides will also teach you the proper way to camp with minimum impact on the environment. 

The river stretches are not dangerous, even for the beginner, but the current, numerous rapids and gravel bars demand constant vigilance. Experienced canoeists find plenty of challenge in this wilderness setting.

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$1265.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
River Canoeing
SEASON

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are all residents of western Canada and their experience and leadership will provide you with a worry-free vacation.  

RESTRICTIONS

These guided canoe trips with wilderness camping are suitable for beginners. International classification of difficulty (1 is lowest, 5 is highest) rates this stretch of the Athabasca River as Class I overall with several Class I and II rapids & one Class III rapid. The river is wide enough so that larger waves can be avoided. There are no portages on this trip.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag.

Several tour departures offer German and/or French speaking guides.

TRANSPORTATION

The canoeing begins near the town of Hinton, Alberta. Hinton is located 1 hour east of Jasper. Transportation to and from Edmonton is included in the package price.  Trips depart Edmonton on the first day at 8 am or Hinton at 11 am.

WEATHER

Average summer temperatures range between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Central & Northern Alberta
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Van transportation, camping gear, camping fees,  tent, canoes and equipment, sleeping pads, canoe bags.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Clothing to suit a variety of weather conditions, rain gear, hiking boots, sneakers, warm jacket, sweater, shorts, hat, bathing suit, towel.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, sunscreen, fishing gear, sunglasses, daypack, flashlight, pocketknife, liquor.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations in tent campsites along the river.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5 are included and prepared by your guides.

5 day tour, available June - September
$1265.00 / per person - CAD
2019 dates:June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, Jul 22-26, July 29-Aug 2, Aug 5-9, Aug 12-16, Aug 19-23, Aug 26-30, Sep 2-6, Sep 9-13, 2019.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 20% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 45 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
In case of cancellation of the travel agreement we are entitled to a cancellation fee. The cancellation should be in writing, forwarded to us or the travel agent. From the date of receipt the cancellation fee is calculated as follows: 31 or more days before start of tour:full refund less credit card- PayPal- or bank charges 21st -30th day before start of tour: full refund less 20% 14th -20th day before start of tour: full refund less 40% 8th -13th day before start of tour: full refund less 60% 1st -7th day before start of tour: no refund unless you find replacement.

5 day tour, available June - September

Day 1

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA
You meet your guide early in the morning in Edmonton. An alternate pick up point is in the town of Hinton (near Jasper). After a 3-hour drive towards the west you pitch your tent by a lake and get ready for the canoe training. You learn the basic paddle strokes, emergency procedures and signals. You receive advice regarding camping in the wilderness, personal equipment and work sharing of the crews. Tomorrow, on the river, training will continue. The safety and comfort of the participants are the primary concerns of the guide. Tonight’s dinner is steak from the grill.

Day 2

Days 2-4: ON THE RIVER
Not needed luggage may stay safely with the bus. For the next three nights you pitch your tent on sandy islands or comfortable spots along the shore. Your paddling speed depends a lot on the water level. The glacier fed Athabasca River is full of power in the early season, clear and quiet in the fall when the glaciers in the mountains stop melting. The forested river valley is uninhabited. You have excellent chances to spot wild geese, beavers, eagles, elk, bear and moose. Five or six hours daily are spent on the river, at times leisurely drifting downstream, alert to the next rapid or obstacle. Sometimes you might have to drag the boat over shallow spots. There is time for swimming, exploring, fishing and big campfires under the northern lights.

It is actually easy and satisfying to keep a clean camp. Minimum impact means that your group spends an afternoon and the night camping, cooking and playing on some island, not "improving" nature in any way, leaving no trace but footprints in the sand - which the next rain washes away.

Day 5

EDMONTON
This afternoon you come to the end of your 160 km (100 mi) canoe trip. The bus is waiting near the town of Whitecourt, the first human settlement since the start of your tour. Time for a celebration. You are back in Edmonton by evening.