JASPER, ALBERTA – Canada – Navigate the raging rapids of the Fraser River in Jasper, Alberta. Take on turbulent waters and swirling eddies before entering lulls, giving you chances to spy wildlife and maybe catch glimpses of seasonal spawning salmon. Stop for a short portage around thundering Rearguard Falls before continuing along the river, splashing through rough rapids bordered by steep canyon walls.
At 1,375 kms, the Fraser River is one of the longest rivers in the Canadian Rockies, and was disovered in 1972 by the Spanish explorers Dionisio Alcalá Galiano and Cayetano Valdés. The river, which also runs through British Columbia, has played a large role in the history of its surrounding area and has been designated a Canadian Heritage River. The Fraser River was the site of the first recorded settlements of Aboriginal people and the route for prospectors during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. The Fraser River also served as the primary vehicle for early industry and commerce in the region, making it an important part of the history of the Canadian Rockies and the Jasper, Alberta area.
Want to raft the Fraser River on your next Alberta, Canada vacation? Call 800-519-4770 or 403-774-7215 to speak to an Alberta Rafting specialist today or visit AlbertaRafting.org for more information.
More of the Best Things to Do in Banff and Jasper, Alberta
You may have come to the Alberta, Canada area for whitewater adventure, but don’t leave before you get to experience more of what makes the Canadian Rockies a top vacation destination. Explore Banff National Park or Jasper National Park, discover the beauty of Lake Louise, or make the most of your time with a tour from Jasper Vacations or Banff Travel. No matter which activity you choose, you’ll be glad you stayed to experience more of the Canadian Rockies.