Edmonton is nestled next to one of the most beautiful and expansive rivers in Canada, the North Saskatchewan River.
Being so close to a major city, there are a plethora of activities to do on the river, so pack up your family and enjoy the water this summer.
Whether you prefer fly fishing from the shore, or sitting in a canoe with friends with a rod over the side, the Saskatchewan River caters to your preference. The fishing in the Saskatchewan River is some of the best in all of Alberta, where you can expect to catch northern pike, walleye, sauger, mountain whitefish, and in certain spots, the elusive lake sturgeon. Make sure you check the regulations for the time of the season you are going, and be sure you are respectful of the environment and clean up after yourself.
Water Activities and Sports
The Saskatchewan River has water activity rentals all throughout the River Valley, where you can rent a canoe, kayak and paddleboard. Enjoy the slow moving sections of the river with your friends, paddling through the beautiful scenery, or pump up your adrenaline and take on some of the more rapid filled routes. The River Valley is surrounded by beautiful golf courses, so if you want to take a break from the water, hit the links at Victoria Golf Course, Riverside Golf Course, or any of the other fantastic courses nearby.
The Saskatchewan River Valley is an incredible place for a hike through nature. The most common two trails are the 1km Birch Tree Trail and the 3km River Loop Trail, both trails can be found mapped out at the John Janzen Nature Centre. Be sure to stop in at the Nature Centre to learn more about the flora and fauna that can be found throughout the River Valley trails.
Learning About Indigenous History
Edmonton's history is filled with long standing ties to the Metis and Six First Nations. To remember and honor this, the City of Edmonton, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, and the Metis Nation of Alberta developed the Indigenous Art Park, exhibiting Indigenous artworks. At the Art Park you can learn of the history of Alberta through the eyes of Indigenous peoples, while taking in the beautiful sites throughout the Saskatchewan River Valley.