3 Perfect Spots to Float Down the River In Edmonton
We recently bought kayaks (If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you are already sick of seeing my pictures of it!) I've been getting a lot of questions lately of where to go or how to do it! Realizing not everyone has kayaks or canoes, but float devices seem pretty accessible to most, here is three of the top places to get into the North Saskatchewan River.
These locations are perfect for a float after work one day or you can do an all day trip on a weekend afternoon. Over the course of summer the sun sets anywhere from 10:30pm (June) to 8:25pm (early September)
Terwillegar Dog Park
Bonus to this location: the dogs you get to see and pet along the way. Based at the bottom of Rabbit Hill Road. Park in the parking lot and walk out to ward the water and there is a lot of space to get in from there.
Quesnell Bridge Edmonton
Make you way as if you are heading to Fort Edmonton Park, and before you head into their parking lot, you can park underneath the Quesnell Bridge. There is a bit of beach space, but mostly it's from a concrete pad.
Under Henday between Lessard Drive and Terwillegar Exits
If you park on either side of the Henday at the bridge between Terwillegar and Lessard exits, there are trails that will take you all the way down to the water. You can also park your car at 321 Heath Road and follow the walking path down. This will be a longer walk however.
You can park your cars and/or get out:
- Laurier Park (shorter float)
- Emily Murphy Park (Medium Float)
- Dwson Park (Medium Float)
- Capilano Park (Long Float)
Couple of Tips:
- Pack snacks
- Pack water
- Bring Extra Sunscreen
- If possible, I recommend buying a dry bag like this one from Amazon. Keeps your stuff (including your phone dry) and because it's made for this you can attach it to the side of the float so it doesn't take up float space.
- Grab some friends and tie your rafts together or go in on a big one together!