Rural River Route
Rural River Route, Sturgeon River

Rural river route

a unique Canoe & Kayak experience along the sturgeon river & big lake

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

rural river route

Adult Single Kayak 

Bring Your Own
Kayak on our Shuttle

$40 / 2.5 Hours​



This self-guided route starts at our shop by the Cunningham Bridge in Sturgeon County and ends in St. Albert. This involves floating/paddling down the Sturgeon River and paddling across Big Lake to the Riel Recreation Park Docks.


  • School Bus Shuttle from Riel 
  • Paddles
  • Lifejackets
  • Throw Rope, Whistle, Bilge Pump
  • Launching/Disembarking Assistance

details & Arrival

Recommended for people with some experience. 

This is a self-guided / unsupervised route.​

  1. Park in the gravel parking lot on the right, just before the Kinsmen Rv Park

  2. Sign in and load the bus

  3. Expect a short drive to Sturgeon County 

  4. Boats will be dropped by the Sturgeon River

  5. Paddle to Riel Recreation Park 

Rural River Route Map

Available in June 
depending on conditions

call or book online

The bus can fit max 4 boats per trip

we reserve the right to cancel/postpone a shuttle if the weather conditions are dangerous

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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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Everything was seamless from booking the kayaks to getting in the water and leaving. Rural Rivers moved the kayaks to and from the water and it was an absolutely perfect day. We had a tandem kayak that was new and very clean. Experience was awesome-will definitely be booking again soon!

— Jamie-Lee 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.


This past Summer in 2021 we experience some of the lowest river conditions in recent memory making it quite unfavourable 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 extremely difficult to get from the  Cunningham Bridge to Riel Recreation Park and we won't be offering this route.