Public EcoFloats - Calgary

Join RiverWatch Institute of Alberta for a 10KM tour of the Bow River right in Calgary for selected dates May through September. Back by popular demand, this exceptional opportunity is a great way to get outdoors and into nature this summer!

River Ambassador events are made possible thanks to funding by Bow River Basin Council and City of Calgary and will increase your understanding of local waterways and personal actions that protect and manage water quality. Everyone will finish the day more connected to nature and the Bow River.

On the float, RiverWatch will host an informal and up-close look at the Bow River, helping participants learn along the way about natural history, water quality, environmental health, flood recovery and stewardship actions. EcoFloat participants will travel in large, inflatable fifteen-passenger rafts, professionally guided by experienced RiverWatch staff.

Click below to find us on Calgary Eventbrite for an easy-to-do registration on a selection of dates to suit your availability.

We’ll greet you Pearce Estate Park and make the next three hours a great guided adventure for you. Leave everything to us, including a shuttle ride back to your vehicle!

All in all, this isn’t a strenuous day, but able bodied sailors are a definite asset. The first part of your adventure is a walk through the park to the river edge, followed by the teamwork of raft paddling. Those that can at the end of the trip will help carry and load your raft.

Rest assured, our certified raft guides are there to help you navigate all the obstacles and safety concerns of an urban river float trip. Once booked, we’ll provide you with a more detailed Acknowledgement of Risk.

Dress for the weather and wear footwear that can get wet.

We have lifejackets for ages 12 and older.

The fee is $150 per cohort-friendly raft including up to 8 participants and a bus shuttle back to Pearce Estates Park.

Dress for the weather and as long as it’s not snowing, raining or blowing hard, we’ll make a great experience for you.

It’s a lot of fun realizing that your city looks completely different from a river viewpoint, and while we can’t guarantee that wildlife will appear, there’s always a good chance of seeing a variety of birds. If it’s your lucky day, you’ll spot eagles, deer, mink and our own Bow River flamingos.

Meet your guides a few minutes early at the Pearce Estate Parking Lot in the community of Inglewood.

If weather or river flow rates are not ideal, or if registration is too great or too low, we’ll let you know other options by email.