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


The North Saskatchewan River can be unpredictable, with fast underwater currents, strong undertows and unforeseen hazards such as underwater debris, floating trees and wood, and muddy shorelines. Swimming and diving without wearing a personal safety floatation device is strongly discouraged.

Water quality of the North Saskatchewan River and other untreated natural waters often fluctuate, and at times may not meet Health Canada guidelines for activities such as swimming and wading. Water quality can quickly change due to rainstorms and events upstream.

If this is an emergency, call 911 and ping your location.