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The classic float on the Red Deer River, making your way down the river through the city and taking in the sights from a different perspective. This is a gentle river float on a full size raft. Sit back and relax, listen to your guide sharing stories about the river while spending an hour on the water.
This tour includes a river float on a raft, shuttles from the Basecamp + Cafe to the river, pfd and guide.
- Enjoy a leisurely float down the Red Deer River.
- Good opportunities to see wildlife along the river.
- Learn about the natural and human history of the area.
Perfect for: Anybody looking for a fun afternoon playing outside. This day trip is open to all ability levels, whether you are a beginner and or an expert. No paddling or swimming experience required. This tour is open to those 4 or older.
|Departure Time||Saturdays at 1:45 pm|
|Return Time||This tour is approximately 3 hours (1.5+ hours on the river), depending on the flow of the river.|
|Pickup Location||Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe|
|Availability||Looking for a different date or a tour just for your group? Check out these options >|
|The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.|
Fort Normandeau to Kiwanis Park
The tour starts at Fort Normandeau, the historic Red Deer Crossing on the Calgary and Edmonton Trail.
The gentle float takes us into the city, along the lower grounds of Heritage Ranch and Maskepetoon Park where we see the occasional moose or deer along the shore before reaching our destination at Kiwanis Park near Bower Ponds.
Where to Meet?
What to Bring?
- Footwear must be worn at all time
- Appropriate clothing for the weather
- A water bottle
- Camera - you're welcome to bring along on the raft but you are responsible for any lost or damaged item.
- Coast Guard approved PFD. You must be able and willing to wear a PFD at all times when on the raft. Guests who are not willing or able to wear a PFD will not be allowed on the raft.
- A professional guide.
- Guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits and cell phone or satellite communicators on all tours.
What's Not Included
- Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
- Water bottles, camera and drysacks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I get wet?
In most cases, no but here's a few times when you might experience a splash or two... We use self-bailing rafts which allow water to drain out of the boats without having to use a bucket. Some water can splash through the holes as we float down the river and that's why we recommend you wear shoes you don't mind getting some water on. The other reason you might get a little damp is rain. We run our tours rain or shine and every once in a while a quick rain storm can pass through and surprise us. We recommend that you bring a rain jacket with you but we have a few rain ponchos available on the raft in case you need one.
Do I have to paddle?
For the most part, no. Our guide does most of the work so that you get to sit back and relax. We will need a couple of volunteers to paddle as we get on the river and occasionally throughout the tour.
Can I bring my camera or phone?
You're welcome to bring your camera or phone along. The Red Deer River through the city is a very gentle river but keep in mind that we will be on water, floating down a river and there are obvious risks of your camera or phone being dropped overboard or getting wet. You're welcome to use one of the dry sacks on board to store your camera or phone but please understand that we cannot be held responsible for any damages to your equipment.
What's the group size?
The standard group size is 1 guide and 8 guests per raft for Explorer Series tours and up to 10 guests for private tours. This tour is open to guests as young as 4 years old (must weight a minimum of 14 kg / 30 lbs).
Terms and Conditions
All bookings are non-refundable but we will offer you a credit for a future adventure if you cancel a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure. Cancellations within 72 hours, including no-shows, will forfeit the tour fees. Tours in The Explorer Series usually require a minimum of 4 guests to run. In the event of low bookings we will contact you the day before the tour to cancel. You'll have the option of a full refund or a credit for a future booking.
Waivers are required for all participants.You can review the waiver here. Additional waivers may be required to be signed on the day of the tour prior to taking part in activities offered by other providers. Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.
A Few More Things To Know
We get to play outside on our tours and that means you’ll want to come prepared for the weather. Make sure to dress in layers and come prepared for the unpredictable weather we often get in Alberta. We rarely cancel tours due to weather, as long as we can have a safe adventure. You’ll be amazed at how warm we get snowshoeing at -20C or how much fun hiking in the rain can be! Need help with your booking or have a few more questions? Stop by our Basecamp + Cafe or give us a call at 403 986-6190.