Over the last long weekend Christina and I floated down the Pembina River. The both of us have heard multiple stories about how much fun it is so we took the plunge (pun intended) and took ourselves to the river.
The launch point into the river is just outside the town of Entwhiste about an hour west of Edmonton. The town is quite forgettable and their local summer economy seems to be based on floating tourists down the river.
Once we got to Entwhistle we found the Pembina River Tubing shop. We rented a couple of innertubes and bought a pass with the drop off and pick up shuttle van.
I'm pretty sure that I could live in this van down by the river.
The tube rental and drop off service is only about $23 and is a great option. As you can see the tube is pretty decent and you can chose to do the full float that takes about 3 hours or the shorter float that takes about 1.5 hours.
Once you are in the water its pretty relaxing as you just coast down the current. Occasionally, you do meander towards the shore and need to kick off or paddle/kick your way back to the middle of the river.
One of the cool things is floating under the Yellowhead traffic bridge and the CN Rail bridge.
It's definitely worth the short drive and small cost. Pick a warm weekend, buy a waterproof disposable camera and just lay back, relax and enjoy the scenery.