EPCOR RiverFest in Edmonton

2019 dates will be announced in the spring!

EPCOR RiverFest is all about the many different ways you can connect with the river valley across several municipalities in our region. While the highlight is a float down the North Saskatchewan River, the event is so much more than that. In addition to the on-the-water activities, attendees will enjoy interactive nature and science activities, introductions to land sports like cycling, and a variety of exhibitors - all with a connection to the river valley, and all geared up to help you get connected with this natural gem that's right here in our backyard.

Things to know before you go

Location: Laurier Park

Date: Aug. 11, 2018 

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Parking: Parking is available at Edmonton Valley Zoo (13315 Buena Vista Road) with overflow parking across Buena Vista Road. It is just a short walk to Laurier Park. Consider carpooling, taking Edmonton Transit, or getting there using Edmonton’s extensive River Valley trail system that connects to Laurier Park. There will be NO access or parking available on Sir Wilfred Laurier Park Road.

Weather: As of now, the forecast is partly cloudy skies with a high of 22°C a low of 13°C degrees on Saturday. Make sure you dress appropriately (layers are always a good idea).

Rafters: You will get wet! Entering and exiting the raft, you will have to step into the river. If you get stuck on a sandbar or in shallow water, you may have to get out of your raft and push it to deeper water. Plus, you will be walking over uneven (possibly muddy) gravel terrain. Please choose your footwear accordingly.

  • Stay hydrated! Bring a refillable water bottle (There’s an EPCOR water tank on site for refilling)
  • Bring a dry bag for extra clothes and snacks and anything you don’t want to get wet
  • Leave valuables at home or locked in your car
  • Dress for the weather (layers and a windbreaker/rain jacket are recommended)
  • Do not wear denim (we recommend hiking or wind pants or other quick drying fabrics)
  • Bring water shoes, sunscreen and a hat

Raft restrictions and conditions: When you’re on the water, make sure to follow the restrictions and conditions set by our experts. This includes:

  • Personal floatation devices/life jackets must be worn at all times
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under the age of 6 years old are not permitted to raft
  • Alcohol or drugs are NOT permitted. If you are suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be denied access
  • Please do not engage in horseplay or unruly behaviour with other paddlers
  • Do not bring or use water guns
  • Pets, strollers or large carry-on items NOT permitted

How long does it take to raft the river? It is expected to take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on how much you paddle.

Where do I go if I booked a raft(s)? Your first stop is to check in at the raft registration tent just inside the main entrance at Laurier Park. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time and make sure all rafters in your party are present. RiverFest volunteers will confirm your ticket, have you sign your waiver and issue your wristband. All rafters must sign in at the raft registration tent at Laurier before boarding the shuttle to Terwillegar Park where you will pick up your lifejackets and rafts and #baskonthesask.

Refunds will NOT be provided unless the event is cancelled.
If unsafe weather or river conditions prevent the river float from happening, we’ll provide as much notice as possible through the email you provided in your registration.

Choose your boat

We have three kinds of boats available. Please select the type of boat and timing that works best for your group.
All rafting participants must read and sign a waiver at the event site.

Small raft: $15 / person

Small rafts fit up to 4 people
small raft


Large raft: $15 / person

Large rafts fit up to 16 people (only 12 paddle)
large raft


Large canoe: $10 / person

Large canoes fit up to 18 people
large canoe

Things to know before you float

  • Starting at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, a shuttle bus will take you to Terwillegar Park and you’ll float back to Laurier Park
  • Your rafting fee includes: personal flotation device/life jacket, shuttle and return raft
  • Children must be 6 years old and over 30 lbs
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian over the age of 18
  • You may get wet; avoid jeans
  • Quick drying clothes and water shoes are recommended
  • Come prepared for the weather conditions
  • No alcohol or pets are permitted
  • No refunds will be provided

General float information

  • Arrival Time

    Show up 15 minutes early

  • Float Time

    Up to 2 hrs on the river

  • Safety

    Personal flotation devices/life jackets will be provided

Rafting Waiver

All rafting participants must read and sign a waiver at the event site. A waiver is required for each guest. Guests must show proof of waiver prior to receiving their raft.



Whether you're floating or not, we hope you'll check out these land exhibitors who'll have activities for you to take part in at Laurier Park!

  • Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Alberta Lake Management Society
  • Aquarium Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  • Ceyana Canoe Club
  • City of Edmonton 
  • Edmonton and Area Land Trust
  • Edmonton Bicycle and Touring Club
  • Edmonton Canoe
  • Edmonton Dragon Boats Racing Club
  • Edmonton Nature Centres Foundation 
  • Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club
  • Edmonton Rowing Club
  • Edmonton Trail Runners
  • Edmonton Ultimate Players Association
  • Encor by EPCOR photo station
  • Lifesaving Society Alberta & NWT
  • Lori Frank Fine Art Studio
  • MEC
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance
  • Paddle Alberta
  • North West Voyageurs
  • Parks Canada
  • Rabbit Hill Snow Resort
  • Revolution Cycle
  • RVA
  • Sierra Club
  • SmartDrones
  • Sourdough Raft Race Association
  • The Fishin' Hole
  • Trout Unlimited Canada
  • YEG Runners