Birds + Wildlife Raft Tour

Mornings on the water
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Head out for an early morning float down the Red Deer River. Enjoy the calm of the morning and the best time of the day to see birds and wildlife along the shores.

Your guide will share stories of the river as you enjoy a continental breakfast on the water, slowly making your way from McKenzie Trails to the River Bend Golf and Recreation Area on the edge of the city.

This tour includes a float on a raft, pfd, guide, binoculars, shuttles from Basecamp + Cafe and continental breakfast baked from scratch in our kitchen.

Your Adventure


  • Enjoy a leisurely float down the Red Deer River.
  • Good opportunities to see birds and wildlife along the river.
  • Learn about the natural and human history of the area.

Perfect for: Anybody looking for a relaxing morning on the water.

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.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: River float on a raft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 4 hours (1.5+ hours on water)
  • Departure: Red Deer

Available daily from May to late October at 7 am.

The Experience

River Float

After checking in at Basecamp + Cafe we'll drive you to the river where you'll be meeting your guide.

Next up is 1.5+ hour relaxing float down the river with your guide sharing the stories of the area, exploring the shorelines looking for wildlife and birds and enjoying a continental breakfast on the water.

Birds + Wildlife

For this tour we'll be floating down the section of the Red Deer River from McKenzie Trails to River Bend Golf and Recreation Area.

We've picked this area because of the pelicans, osprey, bald eagles, waterfowl, swallows and moose that are often seen as a we make our way out of the city.



2019 Rates

  • 1 Adult: $510
  • 2 Adults: $255
  • 3 Adults: $170
  • 4 Adults: $127.50
  • 5 Adults: $102
  • 6-13 Adults: $85
  • 14-16 Adults: $75

Rates are per person, for adults (13+). Kids 4 to 12 years old are $40 per person.

Guides, raft, pfd and shuttles are all included. Transportation is included from our Basecamp + Cafe in Red Deer.

Please note that the shuttle may include other guests.

The Explorer Series

Looking to join a scheduled tour instead? The Explorer Series is a great option when you have 1 to 3 people looking to meetup with others for a fun adventure.

There are no upcoming departures at this time.

The Details

Where to Meet

Check-in at Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe in Red Deer: #10 5579 47 Streets. Get directions >

What to Bring

Required Items

  • Footwear must be worn at all time
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • A water bottle
  • Sunhat

Recommended Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera - you're welcome to bring along on the raft but you are responsible for any lost or damaged items.

What's Included

  • Transport Canada 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 risk 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 recommended for those 18+. Contact us if you would like to arrange a tour with guests under 18.

What are the terms and conditions?

Advance Booking

This tour requires bookings to be made at least 2 days prior to departure (not applicable for Explorer Series departures). Please contact us at (403) 986-6190 for a last minute booking.

Cancellation Policy

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.


Waivers are required for all participants.You can review the waiver here.

Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.

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This tour requires 2 days advance notice to book online. Looking for something sooner? Give us a call  at 403 986-6190.

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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.