Paddle bandit base camp


  • Lenght

7 days/6nights. Start Mondays with pick up in Edmonton, Hinton or Jasper

  • Location

Jasper/Athabasca River/Paddle Bandit basecamp

  • Challenging

Comfortable and Fun for beginners but with enough thrills and challenges for advanced paddlers

Low season price

CAD$ 1775.00

Before july 16 and after august 25

High season price

CAD$ 1976.00

July 16 to august 25

Building block price

CAD$ 1520.00

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Maximum 12 person


15-21 June

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After travelling from our base camp, the tour begins in Telegraph Cove with a paddling to our first night in the wilderness

  • Paddle Bandit Basecamp
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Pre-meeting

    Day prior at 6pm

    Your guides will go over the logistics of the tour and answer any questions or concerns you may have. This meeting will be held in the lounge at the Paddle Bandit lodge at 6pm the day prior to departure.

    If you cannot make it to the meeting just be sure to call in the day before departure to confirm your arrival. This allows us to confirm the exact departure time and location, or to alert you if there are have been any last minute changes.

  • Day 1

    Paddle Bandit Base Camp

    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.

    No experience is necessary, the selected river stretches can be mastered by beginners, but the current, numerous rapids, and gravel bars demand constant vigilance. Tomorrow, on the river, training will continue. Safety and comfort of the participants are the primary concerns of the guide. Tonight’s dinner is steak from the grill.

  • Day 2-6

    On the river

    After breakfast we will pack our canoes and head off on our expedition. Our first day will be spent exploring the river and enjoying the stunning views and wildlife while en route to camp for the night. 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 even 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 7


    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 Paddle Bandit lodge by evening.

    Our approximate return time to The Camp is between 5-6pm, however, due to the number of variables in wilderness travel we recommend that you plan to stay in the area for this night to avoid unnecessarily stressful complications should our return be delayed by something out of our control. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your travel plans in more detail.

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