Kayak Pick up Rental


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Rental Information

routes & rentals

Want to paddle Big Lake and The Sturgeon River? Just need to quickly pick up a boat? We currently have a few options available however certain routes depend on water levels throughout the Season in Sturgeon County & St. Albert.


Riel Recreation Park

Starting and Finishing at Riel Recreation Park Boat Launch. Rental services will be available in the Spring of 2022. Our truck and trailer will be parked on weekends and weeknights depending on conditions! Follow us on social media for updates!

Rural River Route

This Paddle Begins at our shop location in Sturgeon County and ends at Riel Recreation Park Boat Launch - Set Times throughout the week​. Available Spring 2022 Depending on Conditions!​

Includes a Bus Shuttle from Riel to Sturgeon County

BYOBoat available



Canoe & Kayak Pick-up Rentals 

Pick up & Transport a boat to the location of your choosing. Includes Lifejackets, Paddles, foam blocks/straps & a water safety kit. 

Hourly, Daily and Weekend Rates ( by appointment only )

Assistance loading and unloading! 



Pick-up Rentals ( By appointment only )

  1. Look for the Rural Rivers Sign just off of Meadowview Drive

  2. Back up to the Shop on the right

  3. Call 780-916-2274 if no-one is outside

-You CANNOT pick-up a boat from this location and access our boat launch, please see the Rural River Route for that option. 

Riel Recreation Park & Rural River Route

  1. Free Parking Available

  2. Portable Washrooms on Site

  3. Rural River Route Customers should park in the gravel parking lot before the Kinsmen RV Park. Look for the River Bus! The Bus will then take the group to Sturgeon County. 

age requirements

Every booking must be made in advance, if booking the same day please call for availability! We do not have kids kayaks available at this time.

People under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

People 16 and over can paddle their own adult kayak

Max 2 people per canoe plus 1 child (12 and under) 

Waivers must be signed by everyone participating

Children under 12 ride for free, 1 per canoe & tandem kayak

Pets are allowed on Riel Rentals! PFD not included

We provide youth lifejackets at no extra cost! 


School Bus transportation is provided for groups participating in St. Albert / Big Lake Shuttles.​

Transportation has been factored into the pricing of the Rural River Route / Shuttle 

Covid Cleaning Protocols after every trip

Plenty of Spacing on the Bus  

Transportation to River Drop in Devon


Pick-up from Riel Recreation Park to the Sturgeon River - Rural River Route


what to bring

All of our rentals come with paddles, life jackets, whistles & bilge pumps. Each canoe/kayak has limited storage space for additional items so a small dry bag is encouraged.

Water / Sunscreen / Bugspray / Hat / Sunglasses / Extra pair of clothes in case you get wet.

Sandals with straps are recommended, otherwise, shoes that you're not afraid to get muddy/wet will do the trick.

Small Cooler

Snacks / Lunch 

Dry-Bag for Electronics 

Garbage / Recycling Bag

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special events
& group rentals

Please call or email if you wish to book a private paddling event, pricing options are available

Minimum 2 weeks notice prior to booking 

We offer School Bus pick-up and drop-off  

Up to 8 Kayaks, 2 Tandem Kayaks and 4 Canoes per booking

Maximum 20 People

Includes paddles, lifejackets, safety gear


booking &

Online Booking ends 24hrs before the set time, Walk-up rentals welcome at Riel Recreation Park just call first for availability.

Full-Day / Weekend / Week Rentals require a deposit.

Extreme Weather Conditions ( Such as lightning or Rain/Wind) will also apply for a full refund and a reschedule will be attempted 

Any undesirable conditions experienced while renting do not apply for a full refund - this includes rain halfway through your trip


Alberta's weather is constantly changing so we will be in touch if anything occurs and are flexible with different situations.

No-shows will not be refunded

a few notes

A few things to keep in mind as we enjoy our waterways and help to preserve wildlife for generations to come.

Call 911 if someone is seriously injured or in danger while renting our equipment. 

Please Stay off of Private Property along all routes.

 Keep things secure to ensure no lost items  

Your Vehicles are safe however Lock Vehicles in The Parking Area and don't leave any valuable items

The Sturgeon River is a lot stronger than it looks and the current may catch some by surprise.

Big Lake can also get quite deep and cold especially early in the season 

All routes and the environment around them should be treated with respect

Big Lake and the surrounding wetlands are home to many different species of wildlife, Please no Littering!