Edmonton River Float

FAQ

We highly recommend booking online, as we do sell out. Hit the Book Now button. 

Floats can also be reserved on-site at Kinsmen Park, on a first come first serve basis. 

Everyone is required to take a life jacket and paddle on their float. Children 12 years and younger are required to be accompanied by an adult and wear their lifejacket at all times. If you are a weak or inexperienced swimmer you should wear your lifejacket at all times. You must exit the river at the designated exit point (rafters landing) and are responsible for doing so. There are no lifeguards on site, and all floaters enter and exit the river at their own risk. Staff safety demonstration is provided before entering the river. 

All non-swimmers and anyone not comfortable around open water should not float the North Saskatchewan. 

We provide round trip shuttle service and everything you need to have a fun and safe time on the river. All floaters will receive round trip shuttle service, a premium tube complete with backrest and cup holder, lifejacket, paddle, safety demonstration and fun. 

While it is possible to float without getting wet, we recommend bringing water activity clothing and footwear. Drinking water and a ziplock/dry bag to keep valuables dry are also encouraged. Some nice to haves are snacks, coolers with ice, music and a towel.

Note we do not sell refreshments on site because the city wont let us. 

Edmonton River Float’s home base is at Kinsmen Park. You will see our tent and staff. Even if you’re not floating, come by and say hi! This is where everyone must check in, and meet the shuttle. Please arrive 15min before your scheduled shuttle. The shuttle brings floaters up river to Laurier Boat Launch. This is where you will enter the river. Exiting the river back at Kinsmen Park under the Walterdale bridge.

If you booked online, which we recommend, you must show up at Kinsmen Park 15min prior to your scheduled shuttle. This will give you time to check in, ensure documentation is completed, and grab your gear. If you do not have a reservation, you should arrive at Kinsmen 30min prior to a scheduled shuttle to see if we have availability. 

There is lots parking right at infront of the Kinsmen Spots Centre, and overflow west by the tennis courts. If these lots are full, you can park across the bridge near the baseball stadium and walk 15-20min to check in. You can also ride your bike, car share or scooter down to Kinsmen.

Float times vary depending on a number of factors including river flow, and amount of paddling done during the float. The average float time is 2.5 - 3 hours. Last floats of the day are limited to 3.5 hours, and encouraged to stay in the current.  

You are required to arrive 15min prior to your shuttle to prevent delays. If you miss your scheduled shuttle, staff will try to accommodate you on our next shuttle but not guaranteed. 

EVERYONE that is floating is required to fill out a waiver. In your confirmation email that you receive after reserving your float, you will see a waiver link. This link can be forwarded to everyone in your party to sign. It is highly recommended that your entire group fill this out prior to arriving on site. Floaters 18 years or younger, will require a parent or guardian to sign the waiver for them.  

You are required to bring a lifejacket with you on the float and we highly recommend you wear them during your time on the river. They are required to be worn at all times by children 12 and younger. For children 8 and younger, we have a limited number of small life jackets, and encourage you to bring your own when possible.

The weather is unpredictable, and we really want to be on the river when it's nice out. Our general rule is that we float when there’s no rain. If rain is forecasted, our team will reach out to reschedule your float or provide a credit. 

We only go out on the river when river flows are deemed safe by EPS. But any water activity, no matter how safe the river, you must be alert at all times. Main things to be aware of on the river. Other water crafts, we share the river with many others including motor boats and other paddlers. Be aware of other boats, and try to give them lots of room. The next thing we want to be aware of are the bridges, during your float, you will go under SIX bridges. Do your best to float through the middle of the bridges and keep away from the bridge pillars. The North Saskatchewan River is generally considered a safe waterway in the summer months. We prioritize safety, so if you have any questions or hesitations please speak with staff or contact us. 

You can find our terms and conditions here (Link to terms and conditions)

Once you pass the Highlevel Bridge, floaters need to make their way over to the right side of the river (opposite of downtown). You will be exiting directly under the Walterdale Bridge and will see the Edmonton River Float sign, and staff. This is the required exit point. If you miss this point, you need to exit the river on the south side as soon as possible, and walk back to Kinsmen. If staff are needed to be dispatched to retrieve a floater or tube that missed the exit, a non-negotiable $50 fee will be charged. 

We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. Those canceling 48 hours prior to their reservation will receive a full refund. Those canceling under 48 hours prior to their reservation will receive a credit that can be used at a later date. “No Shows” will be charged the full rental rate. 

To cancel, please email info@edmontonriverfloat.com or call us. 

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