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Fun on the North Saskatchewan River

One of the most prominent features of Edmonton is its location on the grand North Saskatchewan River.  The river is the city’s source of water, has a vast trail and park network, and for our purposes today, lots of on-the-water recreational opportunities.

Water sports enthusiasts and those who enjoy leisurely afternoons under the sun will appreciate the selections to have some fun on the river!

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River Float

Does an afternoon of relaxation, no cell phones, computers or traffic appeal to you?  Let yourself be lulled into tranquility on a river float through Edmonton’s downtown.  Get on your tube at Laurier Park Boat Launch and end up back at Rafter’s Landing which is the meeting spot where your journey began.

The folks at Edmonton River Float provide you with transportation to the river, a tube, life vest, paddle and safety training – everything you need to have a great time.

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On weekends from June to September, Edmonton Canoe is another fantastic option to immerse yourself in nature without leaving the city.  Choose to go canoeing or even kayaking since both are available.  Paddle from Devon to Edmonton or into downtown and admire the city skyline.

Prefer a weekday option?  The weekday Happy Hour option, “you drift through the downtown river valley, take your mind off the job and watch the sunset over Edmonton.”.

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Rafting and Kayaking

…and so much more!  The more includes options for kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and rafting for larger groups.  Want an experience for yourself or a couple?   A small raft, kayak or paddle board are going to fit your needs.  Want to include family and friends?  Opt for a raft that can accommodate anywhere from 2 to even 20 people.

Your experience includes life vest, paddle, emergency kit, safety instruction and 2 – 4 hours of paddling fun.  Your adventure starts off at the Emily Murphy Park canoe launch and float to the Capilano Boat Launch.

If these activities sound good to you, you’ll love our other blogs on urban adventure in Edmonton.  Check out some of our favourite walks and trails and golf courses.  Love a good contest?  Enter to win our Ultimate K-Days Package that includes more than $1000 of value so that you can enjoy K-Days like the ultimate VIP.  Hurry, contest closes July 12th!

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Terms and Conditions

The “1,2, 3 Pick Your Rewards”, Terms and Conditions and Blackout Dates 

Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2023 for rewards except for possible blackout dates. At present there are no blackout dates scheduled.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

At present there are no blackout dates scheduled. 

In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 


Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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