Summer EcoFloats

Come float with us!

The RiverWatch Institute of Alberta invites you to experience our extraordinary summer Eco Float tours.

Who are we? We’ve been delivering award-winning guided river experiences since 1995. Our summer Eco Float programs support our ongoing mission of science, education and adventure on Alberta’s Waterways. RiverWatch is pleased to welcome back EPCOR as our sponsor of RiverWatch Eco-Floats.


You’ll be joining Edmonton’s Official River Guides as they take you on a safe, fun, and personalized raft experience down the North Saskatchewan River right through the heart of Edmonton.

New for 2022, our 2.5 hr “9 Bridge Eco-Float” takes groups on a 12.5km tour that passes under nine city bridges from Laurier Park Boat launch in Edmonton’s west end to Dawson Park, just east of downtown.

Your journey will take you through our beautiful river valley, past historical landmarks and our incredible downtown skyline.

Guides may even stop for a shore lunch under the new Walterdale Bridge, depending on river conditions and weather.


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!