This weekend we decided to take the kids on their first trip to one of our favourite places in Alberta, Jasper.
Our previous family trips have usually been camping or staying at hostels, so staying in a hotel was an experience in itself! Our 7 year old was so impressed that there was a TV in the room (!) and our 4 year old was delighted to be able to sit on the balcony and watch the elk that appeared in the grounds late afternoon.
We had a great family room at the Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites, with a loft bedroom, separate bedroom and kitchenette; definitely a good family option.
Saturday brought sunny, windy weather and a great day for a river raft tour on the Athabasca River. This trip, aboard a 25 foot raft is fantastic for families! It’s more than safe enough to take young children along, as the rapids that you encounter are relatively small and harmless; yet are still large enough to throw some water into the raft! (Ponchos are provided if required). Our 7 year old son was in fits of laughter through most of the trip!
On Sunday morning we took the Jasper Tramway ‘flight’ up Whistler’s Mountain (named after the whistling marmots that roam the traverse).
The flight is fast and extremely safe and the views from the top of Whistler’s Mountain are completely out of this world!
As an added plus, there is a restaurant on top of the mountain offering a reasonably priced menu with a fairly good selection. We opted for the 2 egg breakfast and it was prompt and tasty.
Our weekend ended with strolls around the Jasper townsite and ice cream! This family trip to Jasper was a definate success, with the raft trip being voted as the favourite!
Lisa / SHiNE (Society for the Homeschool Network of Edmonton)
Thanks again and take care, Trish
Thank you”. Karen
We had a wonderful experience on our Canadian Rocky adventure and met incredible people and viewed fantastic scenery.
Thanks for being such an impressive part of our trip. I do hope that I will see you again and have definitely highlighted it for our travel agent to recommend.
Speaking on behalf of the church, we would not hesitate to do another trip with your company. Though we may have only had nine people from our group, I know that I can say that we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves yesterday.
Thanks again for everything, Keith
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how terrific our guide was. I beleive his name is John. Hopefully you know who I am talking about. We all thought he was great.
He really made sure everyone had a good time. We are very thankful to him!!… I thank-you so much.
Hopefully we will be back out to jasper soon to try out your rafting tour again.
Thanks again!!! Cherie
I am hoping this will be an annual event so look for the emails coming your way.
All of your staff were very helpful in making my brother feel like any other rafter and they were great at moving him into and out of the bus. Chris was worried that he would be embarrassed by the carrying but he ended up joking with the staff and was soon very comfortable with the idea of rafting.
I was really impressed when the staff loaded my brother Chris onto the raft and helped him get adjusted as well as setting up his own grab cord for balance. I talked to Chris after the ride and he was so excited that he had actually done something with me that he thought was impossible.
We had 6 people on the raft that day and it gave us lots of room to enjoy the ride and for me to take pics of Chris and the view from the water. Your guide ( forgot the name) was excellent and made Chris feel very comfortable while making us laugh and get splashed by the waves.
His wheelchair was waiting for him when we landed and that small token really surprised him as he thought the service was already too good. I was also impressed by the professional and service focused crew you have assembled.
Even something small like we wanted to buy the CD but left our wallets in our car near the train station, your staff were going to give us the disk and we could pay later..when we got back..trust is huge in my books.
When I first thought about doing the raft trip with my brother I remembered how great the float trip was when I took my parents in 2005. They raved about the staff, the boat and the scenery.
In closing I want to commend your staff for the excellent customer service you provided throughout the rafting experience. I will certainly tell all my friends about the experience you provided for my disabled brother and recommend your rafting company for any people who are in the market for a great time on the river– regardless of your disability.
Doug (Edmonton) – and Chris (Ottawa)
Just wanted to thank you for the excellent trip we had down the river on Monday. All our students and chaperones had a great time and really enjoyed themselves. They were also really impressed with their guide. I was on the raft with Kyle and he was excellent.
Thanks Scott and have a great weekend. Jason
I am looking to return back to Jasper for a longer period of time next year and wondered if you could tell me when the rafting starts again, as, I know that you have probably stopped now ready for your winter.
Please can you send me through some details and prices for 2004, please could you also pass on my Thanks to Tom and let him know that Portsmouth Football team do have their own name (Pompy)
Once again thanks, I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
Hope to be joining you on another adventure soon. Thanks