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Looking for the best places to Rec Kayak in and around Edmonton? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Rec Kayak in and around Edmonton.

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Diverse is how we would best describe the paddling in this mountain/prairie province. In the west of the province runs are characterized by beautiful backdrops, continuous rivers and cold water. Everything from mellow multi day floats in national parks to hairy class V creeking is available in the west. As you move further east the gradient drops but there are still plentiful paddling options for those looking to float mellow rivers in really unique surroundings. It is a huge province so don't neglect to look north and south too. A very worthwhile paddling destination in it's own right.

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Rec Kayak Trips or Routes


Devon - Edmonton
North Saskatchewan River - This is a great canoe trip. You would think you are way further away from the big city than you are . The river valley is incredibly scenic. There are no rapids to speak of but some sections of the river will be a bit swifter than others. Headwinds tend to be a greater threat than rapids. This trip can either be done as a long day trip, or as an over night camping on Big Island. There several put in and take out options. Shorter day trips can be had in Edmonton by combining the various river access.
Elk Island National Park
Astotin Lake - A lake day trip 45min east of Edmonton in Elk Island National Park. Lots of opportunity to spot wildlife and birds on this one, give the bison lots of space... they win. Put in and take out is at the Astotin parking lot.
23 Ave to Fox Drive
Whitemud Creek - Moving, warm water adventure right in town! Fun creek with lots of turns. Some swifts where the creek narrows at higher flows. A handful of log jams require portaging and even more carry-overs for beaver dams at lower flows.
River Side
Big Lake - Great Lake for Edmonton adventurers looking to get out on the water. Loads of wildlife and a great city escape, located just 25 minutes outside of Edmonton.
Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area
Chickakoo Lake - A small lake just to the west of Edmonton. Has good tree protection so is more often than not pretty calm to paddle. The shoreline is reedy and boggy so it is hard to get out anywhere other than the boat launch.
Boat Dock
Hermitage Park Lake - A small lake in the NE of Edmonton, a nice spot to paddle if you are in the city and looking for a quick fix of on water time.
Allan Beach Resort
Hubbles Lake - A PRIVATE lake that will require you to pay an entry fee to use the beach front to launch. Located 30 mins or so west of Edmonton.
Staging Area
Islet Lake - A small, sheltered lake less than an hour from Edmonton. An abundance of bird life in the spring make this a popular canoeing and kayaking destination.
50 St NW, Edmonton to Highway 38 past Bruderheim
North Saskatchewan River - An over-nighter from 50 St NW, Edmonton, AB to before Ft. Saskatchewan, AB, then off to Highway 38 NorthWest of Bruderheim, AB. Each section took a full day (6 - 7 hours each with breaks).
Lake Access
Pigeon Lake - Awesome clean lake located 2 hours out of Edmonton. Great for a weekend get away.
Pigeon Lake Provincial Park
Pigeon Lake - The boat launch at the Pigeon Lake Provincial Park offers easy launching for kayaks and SUP's with a large dock and two lane boat launch. Traffic can be heavy on the weekends but there is a parking lot just north of the boat launch that is a short walk to the beach where kayak's and SUP's can also launch. Some of the best summer fishing is only a couple hundred yards offshore from the beach.
Inslet Staging area
Inslet Lake - Small walk to launch from parking lot, treed shoreline with good wind shelter
Boat launch and dock
Cardiff Pond - The size of Cardiff Pond is 11.6ha and is stocked with rainbow trout. The max depth is 11 m. This is used to be an old coal mine that was later filled with water. Not many weeds even late in the season. Be careful of fisherman's lines. This is a popular place to fish! This is not a circular pond and has different areas to explore which makes it fun for beginners.


AQ Outdoors - Aquabatics Edmonton


3825 99th Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 6J1

Ceyana Canoe Club

PO Box 4545 Edmonton (South), AB T6E 5G4

The Paddle Station Edmonton


Emily Murphy Park, 11904 Emily Murphy Park Rd NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2B6

Edmonton River Float


9180 Walterdale Hill NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2V3

Canoeheads (Rental and Shuttle Service)


9420 152 St NW office only, Edmonton, AB T5R 1N2

Edmonton Paddleboarding (Rental and Shuttle Service)


10304 87 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 1N6

Rundle Park Paddling Centre


Rundle Park

Totem Outdoor Outfitters Rentals

780 432 1223

7430 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 3R9

My Lakehouse


rundle park

Get Fit Rentals


11042 160a St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 3G7

Ocean Sports


9833 63 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0G7

Easy Rider


4211 106 ST, EDMONTON AB T6J 6L7

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