Welcome to the Athabasca River and the Class VI Grand Rapids
Well off the beaten path in a remote and untouched area of northern Alberta, lie the historic Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Island; where some of the world’s largest concretions have formed a natural dam that has withstood the forces of nature for centuries, in order to create these Class VI rapids and a truly unique and mystifying wonder for one to behold.
Your adventure begins at or near the town of Athabasca, as you dip your paddle, board one of our specifically designed jet boats or bring your own boat on an unforgettable journey down the majestic Athabasca River, en route to our back country lodge. Every bend of this magnificent river offers you amazing sights of untouched wilderness, incredible scenery, and an abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat; including elk, moose, deer, black bear, and timber wolves, as well as numerous species of waterfowl and birds of prey.
Along this forgotten stretch of river there are also a number of historical sites that dot the banks; remnants of days gone by, when the Athabasca River was a major trade route for the First Nations people, and later for explorers, settlers, gold miners, and trappers alike. Many of these ruins and artifacts still remain for those who wish to discover.
Situated just a fifteen minute boat ride above the Grand Rapids, our lodge awaits you, and takes you back to the days of a less hurried time and away from the worries and hustle and bustle of the modern world.
Athabasca's Premier Fishing & Wilderness Guides For Over 20 years !
For over 20 years, GRWA has been providing safe, exciting, one-of-a-kind wilderness adventures on the Athabasca River for rock stars, ministers, paleontologists, geologists, history buffs, fisherman, prospectors, paddlers, jet boaters, snowmobilers and wilderness adventure seekers just like yourselves. We have also had the privilege of working with many prestigious organizations such as the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Alberta Parks, Trans-Canada Trails, and Alberta TrailNet, just to name a few. GRWA was also honored to be chosen by Travel Alberta to be showcased in their Alberta Stories video productions, on Travel Alberta’s youtube site.
Your comfortable log cabin awaits
Yours to Discover
Our back country lodge is accessible by water or float plane only, which ensures a very limited number of visitors per year, enhancing your truly remote wilderness experience. Our well maintained log cabin accommodations boast of comfortable beds, wood stoves, propane cook stoves, dining tables, solar power, hi-speed internet, as well as separate shower facilities. Enjoy great home cooked meals in a relaxed setting within our central dining area or the attached screened-in deck overlooking the river. Explore the hiking trails, pan for gold, or drop your hook in our great fishing hole, located within walking distance from the lodge, in hopes of catching some of the big walleye and northern pike that stack up at the confluence of the House and Athabasca Rivers. And of course, not to be missed, is a full day excursion to the Grand Rapids. Relax with stories and laughs shared around the fire pit under a million stars at the end of an exhilarating day.