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Rural River Route
Rural River Route, Sturgeon River

Rural river route

a unique Canoe & Kayak experience along the sturgeon river

Our Rural River Route provides canoe and kayak rentals for a Northern section of the Sturgeon River which flows towards St. Albert and Big Lake.

AVAILABLE SUMMER 2023 Depending on Water Conditions!

rural river route

Adult Single Kayak 

Tandem Kayak

$30 / 2.5 Hours​

$60 / 2.5 Hours

$60 / 2.5 Hours


This self-guided route starts at our shop by the Cunningham Bridge in Sturgeon County and ends at the same location. This involves floating/paddling down a section of the Sturgeon River Before Big Lake!

Currently Unavailable due to low water Conditions!


  • Paddles
  • Lifejackets
  • Throw Rope, Whistle, Bilge Pump
  • Launching/Disembarking Assistance

details & Arrival

This is a self-guided / unsupervised route.​

  1. Park at the bottom of the hill at our shop location in Sturgeon County

  2. Sign in and sign waivers

  3. Boat and safety equipment tutorial will be provided 

  4. Boats will be launched along the Sturgeon River just after the Cunningham Bridge

  5. Paddle Down River towards the Lake and Back

  6. Assistance getting off of the boats will be provided


The CURRENT IS MINIMAL, MAKING THE PADDLE UPSTREAM easy at this point in the season

call or book online

we reserve the right to cancel/postpone rentals if the weather conditions are dangerous. IN THIS CASE YOU WILL BE FULLY REFUNDED or RESCHEDULED

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" It was an amazing experience from beginning to end. I would highly recommend Rural Rivers to anyone looking for an affordable, fun and memorable canoe / kayak rental service."

— Shannon via Google

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We rented a three-person canoe yesterday for 2.5 hrs on the rural river route, and we will definitely be coming back. The rental is incredible value compared to others in the area, and the rural river route from the property is stunning. Zack was really knowledgeable about the route and the history of the area. I wish we had discovered this sooner - by far our best canoeing experience in the greater Edmonton area.

— Kimberley via Google

Rural River Route, Sturgeon River

Sturgeon River

Paddling the Sturgeon River is highly dependent on precipitation levels throughout the Winter, Spring and Summer.


Low river conditions make it quite unfavorable for boats. Beaver Dams and low/shallow spots, as well as algae and plant life also contribute to the difficulty. 

Rural River Route, Sturgeon River

When the water is low, its quite difficult to get from the  Cunningham Bridge to Big lake.

all rentals include:

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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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cancellations & payment

Free cancellation if we are notified over 48 Hours in advance of your booking time. If less than 48 Hours you will be charged $10 a boat and the rest will be refunded.

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

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

Customers are responsible for any loss or damage to rental equipment and also for personal injury.

​No-shows or day-of cancellations will not be refunded.

age requirements

Every booking must be made in advance, if booking the same day please call for availability!

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! 

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