Come float with us!
Ever wondered or searched, “Where can I find river rafting near me?” Look no further!RiverWatch invites you to experience our guided EcoFloat tours in Edmonton (on the North Saskatchewan River) and Calgary (on the Bow River.) Get ready for stunning scenery and a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget.
Who are we? We are Alberta’s largest not-for-profit guided river rafting organization with a fleet of nearly 50 commercial rafts and support vehicles and a staff of experienced, certified and professional river guides ready to provide a safe, fun and fully immersive rafting experience.
Looking for a summer experience that gives back by making a positive impact? Look no further than RiverWatch, the not-for-profit group that has been delivering award-winning guided river experiences since 1995. When you reserve a spot on one of our guided Eco Float experiences, you’re helping us put thousands of local junior high or high school science students on the river to explore their local river ecosystem like never before. Our school science float experiences are like no other, with rafts equipped as mobile water quality laboratories that allow students to learn about the river ecosystem while having a fun and exciting adventure.
What to Expect: You’ll join the Official River Guides of Edmonton and Calgary as they take you on a safe, fun, personalized, and guided raft experience down the North Saskatchewan or Bow River right through the city’s heart. All our river guides complete an intense week of training involving swift water rafting, emergency response, health and safety, bus driving, equipment maintenance, water quality monitoring, and local/natural history and interpretation. Your RiverWatch raft guide will help participants gain new insights and appreciation for our rivers’ history, culture, bio-diversity and stewardship. Everyone will finish the day more connected to nature and your river.
RiverWatch is pleased to welcome back EPCOR as our lead EcoFloat partner in Edmonton and the City of Calgary as our lead partner in Calgary.
SCHOOL SCIENCE FLOATS
Our award-winning education programs have been a go-to resource for Alberta secondary science classes since 1995. With an amazing focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), students explore their local river ecosystem aboard rafts equipped as mobile water quality laboratories. A day of rafting takes the student classroom into the real-world to experience an interesting mix of ecology, wildlife, history, geology, engineering, technology, industry, water quality monitoring and data collection. Our programs showcase science in ways that students have never seen before and created an experience they’ll never forget! Over the years, more than 150,000 students have adventured out with us to become young scientists for the day. And now, hopefully, you can be a part of this big adventure as well!
Are you looking for a great opportunity to get involved with an environmental monitoring program right in your community? CreekWatch connects active citizens with the science and stewardship relevant to their local natural areas and stormwater creeks. Since 2014, adult volunteers have trained in the use of portable water quality labs to help collect water quality data answering the question “How healthy are our creeks?” Data collection can be done in an hour at any time convenient with family or friends, and site visits can even be shared on a rotating schedule among at-the-office colleagues. And for those really keen volunteers, we arrange fun group events that involve rolling up everyone’s sleeves to do tree plantings, invasive plant removals and shoreline clean-ups. If you see an opportunity for you, your family, your neighbourhood or your workplace to create some camaraderie, fun and make a difference, we’d like to hear from you!