The warm sun is making a comeback for 2022 which means it’ll only be a matter of time until we can hit the water again! In fact, Lazy Day Rafts, one of Calgary’s most popular rental spots, has just announced that they’re already taking bookings for May 14th. In celebration of this and the incoming warmer weather, we figured we’d put a guide together a guide outlining everything that you’ll need to know in order to enjoy a full day of floating down the Bow River this spring, starting with raft rentals in Calgary!
WHERE TO RENT
Alright, let’s start with the basics. For those of you who have a canoe, kayak, or raft, congrats! You’re well ahead of the game. The rest of you are going to need something to get you to point A to point B safely, so listen up! Although we don’t think that you’ll have any issue securing a rental right now, it is worth mentioning that later on this season – booking in advance will be incredibly important.
Below are a few places where you can borrow everything from life jackets, boats, and paddles.
LAZY DAY RAFT RENTALS CALGARY
When: Bookings open now for May 14th, 2022
Where: 720 – 3rd Street NW, Calgary
When: Bookings open May 3rd, 2022
Where: 4424 16 Ave NW Calgary
THE PADDLE STATION
When: Bookings open May 21st, 2022
Where: 5227 – 13 Ave NW, Calgary
WHAT TO BRING
Alright, now that you’ve secured a rental, you’re going to pack a few things – but what do you toss in your bag? In addition to water, some snacks, a bathing suit to float in, and some sunscreen – you’ll also need to bring a waterproof bag for all of your spare clothes, your keys, phones, wallets, and some emergency items. These include a whistle, a throw bag with a minimum 15m rope, a bailer, and an umbrella or tarp (just in case it rains!) Sports Rent actually has a fantastic checklist on their website – so check it out!
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All packed? Now it’s time to head out, but where do you park? We’d recommend having two cars and parking one vehicle at one end and the other at a starting point. Here are a few popular points where people often either start and complete their journey.
Popular starting points include:
Where: 67 Riverview Drive SE, Calgary
Where: 5050 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary
Where: 8900 48 Ave NW, Calgary
PRINCE’S ISLAND PARK
Where: 698 Eau Claire Ave SW, Calgary
SUE HIGGENS PARK
Where: Southland Drive SE &, Deerfoot Trail, Calgary
SAFETY AND RULES
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Okay, so we know some of you will try to resist this section – but please read ahead. ‘Badass’ reputations aside – it’s important that you stay safe and that all starts here!
When on the Bow River, all passengers MUST wear a lifejacket – so don’t forget to grab one when you’re renting your dingy. Also, no – you can’t crack a Bow-pop while on the water. Sorry everyone, you’ll have to leave all alcohol on the land!
Lastly, In the event that it starts to rain, the city recommends that you pull over to the side, even if you’re prepared – no matter how tempting it may be to ride it out.
If you have any other questions about the do’s and don’ts of floating down the Bow River, check out the city of Calgary website here!
As always, the heat can come and go within the blink of an eye, so keep one on the forecast!
Hopefully, we’ve helped you guys plan your Bow River adventure. Enjoy yourselves, and be safe!
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