The North Saskatchewan River is a natural connection between neighbouring municipalities. The City maintains numerous docks and launches throughout Edmonton. This provides public access, allows travel along the river and supports the regional park concept.
Check the notifications before you go. Closures may occur due to water levels, weather, or other situations.
Learn how to keep Alberta's bodies of water safe from aquatic invasives.
North Saskatchewan River
Powered vessels must keep clear of non-powered craft. Non-powered boaters should know it is often better for motor craft to pass them at speed as this will throw a smaller wake.
When overtaking another vessel, leave a wide space and make it clear what side you are passing on
Alter your course to the right when approaching another vessel head-on
Be conscious of motor noise
Fires are only permitted in permanent firepits within the city limits
Do not litter on the water and report refuse in the river or along the bank to 311
You can use your non-motorized craft on the main pond in Hermitage Park.
Northeast River Valley Park
You are permitted to bring your non-motorized crafts for use in the lake. Vehicle access is not permitted to the launch, all crafts must be portaged from an approved parking space.
Paddle boat rentals available at Rundle Park
The Edmonton Paddling Centre Society operates a canoe/kayak centre on the ponds in Rundle Park for group paddling
Most of the other ponds in Edmonton's park system are stormwater lakes and are not suitable for boating, canoeing or kayaking. Be aware of the associated health risks.
For public safety, any activity that may result in direct contact with water in stormwater lakes is prohibited (this includes wading, swimming, boating, fishing and skating).
The City has signage posted at all stormwater facilities advising residents to keep off the water/ice because conditions are unknown. Due to the nature and the function of stormwater lakes, conditions can be unpredictable and dangerous. Moving water, temperature changes underwater due to vegetation or drainage and fluctuating weather conditions can all result in unsafe conditions not visible from the surface.