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.
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.
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.
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
Whitemud Park & Creek, Edmonton
Off fox drive by equine centre. Park in small lot, short carry to river. Seasonal floating dock upstream of confluence
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
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.
Dawson Park, Edmonton
North of 10286 and 89th st, access below washroom building on sandy hill. Park in lot and hand 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.
Hermitage Park, Edmonton
2115 Hermitage rd. Edmonton. Washrooms on site. Boat access isn’t ideal, recommend using Capilano Access instead
Twp. 540/C.R. Sewage Plant, Fort Saskatchewan
End of township rd. 540 at the river. Some parking available. Hand launch, no washrooms available.
Red Coat Landing, Rivers Edge Park, Fort Saskatchewan
End of River Valley Dr, Fort Saskatchewan, Motor boat launch, easy access, limited parking.
*** 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/
Safe and happy paddling.
Your AQOutdoors Team.