One canâ€™t beat a day on the river, and thatâ€™s exactly what we were able to enjoy with Maligne Rafting Adventures out of Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Theyâ€™ve been running the rapids since 1987, and immediately you can tell why theyâ€™ve been the provider of quality rafting adventures for so long. The receptionists were more than welcoming, their staff were really helpful, and the guides were professional and highly skilled.
Our next destination from Jasper was Prince George, which worked out well because it was right on the route to the Fraser River, about an hour west of Jasper, in the Mount Robson Provincial Park, so we followed their bus with our trucks. We met the guides, Aron and Drew, at the designated spot, and got suited up with a wetsuit, insulated water shoes, a windbreaker type jacket, a life jacket, and a helmet. Aron, our river guide for the day, gave us a short safety speech, while Drew, the driver/photographer, began his photographic documentation of our trip.
We pushed off and entered the glacier fed Fraser River. The river was definitely cold, but our gear kept us really comfortable, so it wasnâ€™t bad at all. We were immediately awestruck at the scenic beauty of the surroundings on the Fraser River. The snow covered Mount Robson stood off in the distance, while thousands of pine trees lined the meandering river. We couldnâ€™t have asked for a better day. The sun was at our backs and we were ready for what the river had in store.
Our trip started with some calm water that enabled us to take in the scenery, but then quickly turned into some really fun rapids. As Aron stated, â€œItâ€™s early season, and the river is getting better each day, so Iâ€™m always anxious to see how itâ€™s running.â€ We then had to stop at an eddy, and haul our raft around a pretty wicked, but beautiful waterfall. Pictures are the only thing to give it justice. This was the half-way point of our trip. We then immediately hit the biggest rapids of the float, and Shoppman got some great footage as he had the camera, in the waterproof casing, right in the front. Water engulfed him, and some of the photos none of the crew is even visible. We had a pretty calm float the rest of the way to the bus, got a chance to man the guide oars, and were able to have a great chat with Aron.
We made it back to the bus, and took off our glacier wet clothes. We had a amazing time on the Fraser River with Maligne Rafting Adventures, and highly recommend it to people old and young, and for all rafting abilities. One can never go wrong with the combination of scenic beauty and a little adventure.
Maligne Rafting Adventures
Guides: Drew Currie and Aron Shead
Photo Credit: Drew Currie (MRA)
Photo Exhibition of our Rafting Trip:
Beginning of our trek on the Fraser River
Picture 1: Engulfed in the rapid
Picture 2: On our way out of it
Picture 3: We made it