On July 24 at 1:25 A.M., Jasper RCMP received a call from Parks Canada advising they had been dispatched to a complaint of an overdue kayaker in the area of Sunwapta Falls, approximately 56 kilometres south of the town of Jasper, a few hours prior.

A 39-year-old male kayaker was due to arrive at the Sunwapta Resort at 8:00 P.M.. on July 23, however, he did not meet his driver at the pickup point.

"Parks Canada Visitor Safety was deployed and located the abandoned kayak of the missing kayaker. Further downstream, the kayaker was unfortunately located deceased."

According to the Canadian Red Cross, kayakers should always check weather conditions and water temperature before venturing out, ensuring that they are dressed appropriately, as well as letting someone know on shore when they plan to go and when they plan to return. Other safety tips include familiarizing oneself with the area ahead of time and checking all equipment before heading out. 

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