The North Saskatchewan River is a Hallmark of Edmonton’s landscape. It is used all year round for activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, gold panning and more. However, the river can also be unpredictable so it is important to prepare accordingly.

Before You Leave Home

  • Tell someone about your trip plans, including the route, your companions and scheduled return. If anything happens they can call emergency services.
  • Check the general weather report and know how it might impact your activity.
  • Figure out the river depth/flow stats at 
  • Pack necessary safety equipment, first aid kit and personal items. Ensure items are sealed in a waterproof bag

Prior To Entering The Water

  • Evaluate the water conditions and make sure your boating and swimming abilities are compatible.
  • Put on your personal flotation device. It does not work if you’re not wearing it.
  • Ensure you’re in compliance with Transport Canada guidelines or any COE bylaws or provincial regulations. 

Please check water levels and advisories from the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Police Services (EPS) and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS). *EPS and Park Ranger rescue boats will not go out on the river when water levels reach between 1700 and 1950. When the water level reaches 1850, EPS and Park Rangers can only perform rescues from the river’s edge.

On The Water

  • Know your limitations and do not go further than you are comfortable.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take drugs.
  • If your boat turns sideways against an obstruction (water intake, large rocks, drift piles etc), try to face your boat downstream to avoid tipping over.
  • If you see lightning, go to shore right away.
  • Give other boats and any waterfowl a wide berth when passing.