Guided River Rafting - Edmonton | Calgary

Thats a wrap on an amazing 2023 summer season! Bookings for next summer open in the spring of 2024!

This year, RiverWatch embarked on an incredible journey by introducing our guided river rafting experiences in both Edmonton and Calgary. The response we received was nothing short of extraordinary, and we are absolutely overwhelmed by the incredible support we have received from our community. It brings us immense joy to share that nearly 3,500 adventurous souls chose to embark on this thrilling river experience with RiverWatch.  Your support has been the driving force behind our success, and we couldn’t have achieved this without your trust and enthusiasm. It warms our hearts to know that you chose Riverwatch to be a part of your unforgettable adventures. As we look ahead to the future, we promise to continue delivering exceptional experiences, pushing the boundaries of excitement, and ensuring that your time with us remains unforgettable. Your smiles, laughter, and unforgettable moments are what motivate us to keep pushing the limits.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of the RiverWatch family. Your support means everything to us, and we can’t wait to welcome you back next summer for even more thrilling adventures on the river.

– The Riverwatch Team

YOUR GUIDED ECOFLOAT EXPERIENCE: This captivating adventure spans 10 kilometres, guiding guests beneath city bridges, past historical landmarks, and through unique natural encounters along your river. Led by our experienced and certified guides, you’ll delve into the natural history and geology of the Bow or North Saskatchewan Rivers, both teeming with diverse wildlife, including deer, beavers, numerous bird species, and more. Gain insights into watershed science and its significance in our daily lives while surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Surprisingly, the city’s hustle and bustle will fade away as you immerse yourself in this serene adventure suitable for the whole family, starting from age 6. Our EcoFloat tours in South Calgary along the Bow River and west-central Edmonton on the North Saskatchewan River last approximately 3 hours, dependent on river conditions. Participants aged 6 and above, weighing at least 60 pounds, are welcome, with the recommendation of one adult for every two youths under 13 to ensure adequate paddle power for our rafts. More detailed information can be found on our FAQ & Rafter Knowledge Page.

YOUR FEAST & FLOAT CULINARY EXPERIENCE: Embark on an unmatched culinary journey with the “RiverWatch Feast & Float” experience, set against the picturesque Bow River in south Calgary and the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. Each week, this adventure blends the natural beauty of the rivers with gastronomic delights from a surprise top-rated local restaurant. Relish the thrill of dining on delectable dishes while floating down the river, where your meal is delivered to you shoreside, akin to a romantic picnic. The restaurant’s identity is kept a secret until the Monday before your adventure, adding a thrilling twist to your evening. We meticulously choose each restaurant to ensure they accommodate all dietary needs, guaranteeing a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience for everyone. This experience offers a unique dining adventure and celebrates local culinary talent committed to sustainability and using local ingredients.

YOUR FLOAT EXPERIENCE: Join 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. Your 4-hour “Eco-Float” takes guests on a 12.5km tour that passes under nine city bridges from the Laurier Park Boat launch in Edmonton’s west end to the Dawson Park boat launch, just east of downtown. Embark on a journey of discovery with our guides as you learn about the fascinating history of the city, river and the surrounding area. But it’s not just about entertainment – you’ll also learn about the science behind our watershed and gain a deeper understanding of how it supports our daily lives. As you navigate the river’s currents, you’ll discover how our dedicated stewards work tirelessly to safeguard our most precious resource – our drinking water. Prepare for an inspiring and educational experience that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for this vital natural wonder.

YOUR FLOAT EXPERIENCE: Join Calgary’s Official River Guides as they take you on a safe, fun, and personalized raft experience down the peaceful and uncrowded Bow River section in south Calgary. Escape the crowds and congestion by exploring this beautiful stretch of the river. The Bow River in south Calgary provides exceptional opportunities to observe deer, beavers, ospreys, nesting eagles, and other wildlife. Our daily guided EcoFloat tours provide a serene and awe-inspiring experience amidst breathtaking scenery and unforgettable wildlife encounters. Surprisingly, you’ll forget that you’re still within the city limits! Perfect for the entire family, including children as young as 6, each EcoFloat on the Bow River promises a delightful summer adventure. Relax and unwind as our knowledgeable guides share knowledge and stories about the city’s history, the river, and diverse flora and fauna. However, this tour is not just for entertainment; it offers an educational element too. Gain a deeper understanding of the science behind our watershed and discover how it supports our daily lives. Prepare for an inspiring and enlightening experience fostering a newfound appreciation for this vital natural wonder. RiverWatch is pleased to provide this NEW nature float experience on the Bow River. We are Alberta’s largest non-profit river rafting organization, which promotes science, education, and adventure on the province’s waterways. 


RiverWatch, Alberta’s largest non-profit river rafting organization, promotes adventure, science, education, and stewardship of our province’s waterways. These programs are made possible by our presenting sponsor EPCOR. RiverWatch is pleased to welcome back the City of Calgary as our lead partner in Calgary and MEC / Kenwood Canada as our guide technical gear and safety partners.