Canadian Rockies Adventure Centre
701 Bow Valley Trail
Canmore, Alberta

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Whitewater river rafting in the Canadian Rockies

Whitewater river rafting in the Canadian Rockies near Banff National Park

South Ram River Expedition

The Ram River is one of the most challenging rafting rivers and also considered among the best fly-fishing rivers in Alberta.  Many spectacular waterfalls are found in the Eastern Slopes and the South Ram Falls are among the best known and readily accessible. 

After a great campout at the Ram Falls provincial campground, we begin the rappel of gear and rafters to the river!  The section from the put-in to the series of 3 class III-IV ledges consist of 3 hours of paddling the river amidst stunning canyon scenery and class II-III low stress paddling.  Keep an eye out for sheep on the cliffs and deer in the river, to say the least.  The next camp is a great location with shale running and open terrain.

Tapestry falls arrives quickly the following day.  The 25 meter Tapestry falls is a great place to chill out for a while as its beauty is quite unique.  Here we set up a rappel to lower gear and rafters right next to this amazing falls.  The next section is a class III-IV boulder garden above Powerslide rapid.  Rafters must make the required moves in the boulder garden since there is only a short stretch of slackwater before you must eddy out on the right at the top of Powerslide.  End a great day of paddling on Powerslide, a grade 5 steep drop (must be scouted to see if it can be safely run), before setting up camp for another night in a scenic canyon. 

The next day starts with Table Rock Falls, named after the large midstream boulder, Table Rock.  Next up is a wonderful 2 hours of scenic class II paddling gradually increasing to class III until the confluence with the North Fork of the Ram River.  Entering into the first canyon, you will notice that it is on a smaller scale than the enormous vistas of the previous day with sheer walls rising from the river.  Don't be fooled - the canyon's enterance is a difficult class III-IV pair of slots and ends with a large diagonal ledge!  Immediately following the first canyon is the class IV-V Ricochet rapid.  As you approach, you may smell the sulfur from the hot springs on river left.  This is where we meet the helicopter to take us back to the top, giving you a great aerial view of the entire river we just rafted!

This trip is fully catered and fully guided.  No rafting experience necessary, but a good fitness level and an adventurous attitude is a must!  Time to fish daily!


Day 1

10:00am - Meet at Nordegg, drive to Upper Ram River for a great run down a class III-IV stretch of river above Ram Falls.  Camp at Ram Falls Campground for the night.
Day 2
10:00am - Lower gear and rafters down to the Ram River below scenic Ram Falls.  Raft class III whitewater and through great canyons.  Camp riverside for the night.
Day 3 Tapestry Falls, rappel alongside the falls.  Raft class III-V whitewater throughout the day.  Camp at Powerslide Canyon for the night.
Day 4 Table Rock Falls and Ricochet to Sulphur Springs.  Heli-shuttle and sightseeing tour up the Ram River to Ram Falls.

4 day option $949/person  |  3 day option $799/person  | + GST

Cost includes experienced guides, all river gear (wetsuits, boots, jackets, helmets, gloves and life jacket), shuttles at Ram Falls, all meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages), helicopter shuttle/sightseeing tour from takeout.  

Guests provide transportation to Nordegg or Ram Falls campground, post-rafting clothing and camping gear (tent, pad, sleeping bag).  A complete gear list is provided at time of booking.  Camping gear can be provided at an additional cost.

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