Where to Paddle on the North Saskatchewan River in & around Edmonton

Where to Paddle on the North Saskatchewan River in & around Edmonton

AQ Staff
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The North Saskatchewan River Runs from the Jasper Area in western Alberta all the way into Saskatchewan where it eventually meets up with the South Saskatchewan river and makes its way into Lake Winnipeg.  It flows right through the heart of Edmonton providing boats and paddlers with a myriad of opportunities to get on the water and experience some great river paddling in the heart of Alberta’s largest city. 

Below you will find access points from West to east starting in Devon and ending in Fort Saskatchewan.  Remember, you can access the river anywhere that you have permission and deem accessible and safe.  The following is a list of the more common put in and take out spots on the river in the Edmonton area.  Remember dress to tip, be safe and paddle with a buddy.

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Places to Kayak/SUP/Canoe on the North Saskatchewan River in and around Edmonton.
Where to paddle on the North Saskatchewan in Edmonton

Devon Bridge, Devon

100 Saskatchewan ave. w. Devon. Easily accessible, motor boat launch, lots of parking, and washroom available. Also makes for a great picnic spot.

Devon Bridge Launch

River Valley Lions Campground, Devon

1140 Saskatchewan avenue east, Devon.  Park outside the gate, launch is 1km walk in, park staff recommend the Devon bridge launch, as its easily accessible as an alternative.

Lions Club Launch

Terwillegar Park, Edmonton

End of Rabbit hill Rd. Edmonton. Hand launch, the walk to river is long a portage cart may be handy to bring

Terwillegar Park launch

Whitemud Park & Creek, Edmonton

Off fox drive by equine centre. Park in small lot, short carry to river.  Seasonal floating dock upstream of confluence

Whitemud park Launch

Laurier Park Boat Launch*, Edmonton

13221 Buena Vista Rd NW Edmonton use caution watch for debris when launching, motor boat launch. Washrooms available, recently renewed boat launch. Great picnic spot. Seasonal floating dock

Laurier Launch

Emily Murphy Park, Edmonton

***unavailable due to bridge rehabilitation, until 2021***Launch under the bridge, at west end of park, north side of parking lot does not have restrictions and is free Washrooms available,

Rafter’s Landing, Edmonton

9734 98th Ave. NW Edmonton, Access can be difficult due to river boat, please exercise caution.

Rafters Landing

Dawson Park, Edmonton

North of 10286 and 89th st, access below washroom building on sandy hill. Park in lot and hand launch.

 Dawson Launch

Capilano Park/50th St. Boat Launch*, Edmonton

south side of river, end of 50th street, use caution there may be submerged rocks and debris, trailer and motor boat access, parking is limited.

Capilano Launch

Hermitage Park, Edmonton

2115 Hermitage rd. Edmonton. Washrooms on site.  Boat access isn’t ideal, recommend using Capilano Access instead 

Hermitage Launch

Twp. 540/C.R. Sewage Plant, Fort Saskatchewan

End of township rd. 540 at the river. Some parking available. Hand launch, no washrooms available.

township 540 fort sask launch

Red Coat Landing, Rivers Edge Park, Fort Saskatchewan

End of River Valley Dr, Fort Saskatchewan, Motor boat launch, easy access, limited parking.

 Red Coat Landing.

*** Please check the following links for more information and opportunities. ***

This paddling time chart by the city of Edmonton can help you plan your trip accordingly.



This city of Edmonton link with help you with lots of paddling and park info.



If paddling with other like-minded folks sounds like a good time then click the following links for local paddling clubs and organizations!!

UAPS, United Albertan Paddling Society, - http://www.paddleuaps.ca/

North West Voyageurs Canoe Club - https://www.nwvoyageurs.com/

Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers - https://www.paddleewp.ca/

Ceyana Canoe Club – https://ceyanacanoeclub.wildapricot.org/

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