Wondering where to go floating with the whole family, or on a fun summer trip with friends? Here are 10 places across Alberta — from Whitecourt to Cardston, where you can enjoy a lazy float across the river!
Always make sure that there are no warnings, and follow all rules in place for your own safety.
North Saskatchewan River – Devon
For those who want to go floating on the North Saskatchewan River from Devon near Edmonton, River Lifestyle Company offers tube rentals for both adult and child. So visit the park and enjoy an hour of floating from Voyageur Park to the Devon Lions campground. Details
Pembina River – Entwhistle/Parkland County
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pembina River Valley by taking a leisurely float down the Pembina River. During your float, you’ll be able to admire the 62 meter gorge and different kinds of wildlife while bathing in the sun. Let the staff at Pembina River Tubing enhance your experience by providing you with a tube, a life jacket, secure key storage, and a shuttle back to your vehicle. You can find Pembina River Tubing just south of Entwistle, Alberta—an hour west of Edmonton. Tubing times run from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and by reservation on weekdays, so plan accordingly! The Pembina River float is appropriate for all ages, so you won’t want to miss out! Details
Elbow River – Bragg Creek.
Have a River R & R by taking a gentle float down the Elbow River in Bragg Creek. The water is relatively shallow which makes it family-friendly. Let the chilly waters cool you off on a hot day this summer. Also, don’t forget to wear a PFD. You can access the Elbow River from the Balsam Ave. bridge, the Trading Post and Bragg Creek Provincial Park. Details
South Saskatchewan River – Medicine Hat
Admire the city of Medicine Hat from the river by entering at Echo Dale Regional Park-East on Holsom Road. Make sure to bring a whistle, a 15-foot tow rope, and a PFD so that your trip complies with city laws. During your float, you’ll be able to take in the wildlife and the unique views of downtown area. You can also say “hello” to the paddle boarders and boaters using the river as well! At the end of your float, you can exit at Strathcona Island Park-Braemer Street. Details
McLeod River Tubing – Woodlands County
Take in the wonderful nature surrounding the McLeod River by enjoying a two to two-and-a-half-hour float. The river is accessible from several Woodlands County tubing-access sites located along West Mountain Road. Make sure to bring a paddle and a rope along with your life jacket and tube to ensure maximum safety during your laidback journey! Details
Old Man River – Lethbridge
Embark on a variety of tubing adventures with Old Man River Tubing. Guests can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch made by local chefs as a part of their float, or set out to find Canada’s infamous beavers along routes ranging from 4 to 12 km. The varying route lengths allow for guests to make their tubing experience last a couple hours or the whole day! You can also get drop off and pick up location for your river excursion. Services offered by this company include tube, life jacket, and water shoe rental; shuttle service; mesh lockers; secure key storage; and additional services based on the tour you choose. Details
Milk River – Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park
Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park is home to North America’s largest collection of First Nation rock carvings and rock paintings. The landscape of the area is stunning with its vivid greenery and gatherings of rock. Visitors to the area can bask in Writing-On-Stone’s beauty by floating down the river, which runs right through the park. Make sure to pack your tube and PFD so you’re ready to float after asking a local for places to enter the river! Details
Discovery Canyon – Red Deer
This water park includes a beach area and bubbling pools that complement the lazy river. Rent a tube or bring your own. Stay for the day, or a couple hours. With a concession stand and park nearby, this family-oriented place is sure to keep everyone entertained! Details
Whitecourt River Slides
Load the car up with your own tubes and flotation devices and enjoy the river slides. These creeks are built with drops and pools for fun all the way down. Once you reach the end, you can relax at the beach or do it all again. Also in the Rotary Park area is a playground, paved trails, a spray park, an off-leash dog park for the pups, and a place to fish with your own fishing gear. Details
McLeod River Tubing
Float down the meandering McLeod River to enjoy the forested lands of Woodlands County. Access the tubing area located just off West Mountain Road and enjoy your 2.5 hour float. Details