Canoeing, Kayaking, Boating – or just float down the river.
Blue skies, a shining sun, and the feeling of the fresh river breeze while floating the South Saskatchewan River is how a day that ends in ‘y’ can be spent. Echo Dale Regional Park, surrounded by huge coulees, is a captivating start to this experiential river float.
Once you slide your boat onto the riverbend and spring to land on the top, a glance to the right can bring a handful of dogs running, walking, and sniffing the green shrubbery. As they enjoy their daily escapade, you’ll begin yours.
Minutes will melt away as you tan underneath the warm sun and visit with those who’ve joined this adventure. Cold water has never felt so refreshing and fresh air so soothing. Laughter fills the space as you notice friendly wildlife flying above and wandering the river banks throughout the day.
The shimmer of City Hall, and the glow of historic brick buildings pull you towards the downtown core. You’ll float underneath Medicine Hat’s Finlay Bridge, built in 1908, and the Railway Bridge, built in 1883.
As you near the end, and after you’ve taken all the photos your camera roll can handle, Strathcona Island Park welcomes you with fire pits and picnic tables to roast your hotdogs, hamburgers, buns, and marshmallows to end your day with good food, good people, and good memories to look back on.
Pro Tip: Make sure to leave a vehicle in Strathcona Island Park before floating the river.