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​Get to know your North Saskatchewan River and #baskonthesask

If you ask any Edmontonian what's the best thing about living in Edmonton, most will say the river valley. The river valley park is a source of pride and natural beauty held close to the hearts of Edmontonians. Ours too.

However, we don't seem to hold the same affection for the river itself. We've polled Edmontonians to determine the top myths about the North Saskatchewan River and chatted with experts to get the true facts about our river.

As Edmonton's water and wastewater experts, we care passionately about the river. Our employees work with it every day and thoroughly treat the water we process with TLC and a healthy dose of obsession.

The North Saskatchewan River has long been used by First Nations people and in the 1700s drew early settlers and traders to this area to establish what is now known as Edmonton; the river is what helps sustain life in the region even today. It's important for us to not only protect, it but also appreciate and enjoy it.

5 river myths busted

Our research shows that several misconceptions exist about the river. We hope to change that.

​Myth #1 
Muddy, dirty and unclean


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Many people mistake its silty appearance for being dirty. Our river is a naturally sediment rich river which gives the river its muddy appearance.

The river is cleaner than you think.

  • Water quality in the river at Edmonton is rated as good to excellent.
  • It's typically below the applicable water quality guidelines for bacteria, such as E.coli, algal toxins, and clarity.

Learn more

​Myth #2   
Unusable


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During spring the North Saskatchewan River can be fast moving, making it inadvisable to recreate on the water.  

The river is more usable than you think.

  • Throughout most of summer and fall, water levels are quite safe for paddling and other forms of on-water recreation.
  • As with any water recreation, remember to follow all safety protocols.

Learn more

​Myth #3
Fish aren't plentiful and are unhealthy


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Water quality downstream of Edmonton has significantly improved in the past 60 years through better wastewater treatment.

The river is healthier than you think.

  • The river supports several varieties of fish within the city limits and provides great angling opportunities.

Learn more

​Myth #4
Hard to access


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River access has increased significantly in the past decade due in part to the efforts of the River Valley Alliance.

The river is more fun and easier to access than you think.

  • In November 2012, the River Valley Alliance began a capital program that includes adding new recreation trails, boat launches and more. 

Learn more

​Myth #5
Lakes are better


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You don't need to go to the lake to get out on the water.

The river is more appealing than you think.

  • Being a moving water source, the river has many benefits over standing lake water.

Learn more 

River experiences and outfitters

 

​Get on the North Saskatchewan River

Seeing the North Saskatchewan River from a new perspective is easier than you thought. Even novice paddlers now have options to give the river a try. Check out some of the new friends we have made that have options to help you bask on the Sask.

Raft the North Saskatchewan River

Ever think about paddling or floating the North Saskatchewan River? Well you can on one of 500 rafts at EPCOR RiverFest.

September is the perfect time to take to the river. The water is clear and shallow and Fall colours are beautiful. EPCOR is proud to be sponsoring a new festival in partnership with the River Valley Alliance September 15 – 17. There will be lots of outdoor and family friendly activities plus the chance to take to an inflatable raft and hop on the North Saskatchewan.  

 

 

​EPCOR river experiences

 
 
 
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​Edmontonians who #baskonthesask