Raft rental is back! Here’s your guide to floating the bow in 2022

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The warm sun is making a comeback for 2022, which means it will only be a matter of time before we can get in the water again! In fact, Lazy Day Rafts, one of Calgary’s most popular rental locations, just announced that it’s already taking reservations for May 14th. To celebrate this and the warmer weather that is coming we thought we would create a guide outlining everything you will need to know to enjoy a full day boating on the Bow River this spring, starting with the rental of rafts. in Calgary!

WHERE TO RENT

Alright, let’s start with the basics. For those of you with a canoe, kayak or raft, congratulations! You are way ahead of the game. The rest of you are going to need something to get you from point A to point B safely, so listen up! While we don’t think you’ll have any issues securing a rental at this time, it’s worth mentioning that later this season, advance booking will be extremely important.

Below are a few places where you can borrow everything from life jackets, boats and paddles.

RAF RENTAL LAZY DAY CALGARY

When: Reservations Open now for May 14, 2022
Or: 720 – 3rd Street NW, Calgary
Cost: $19+

SPORTS RENTAL

When: Opening of reservations on May 3, 2022
Or: 4424 16th Avenue, Northwest Calgary
Cost: $25+

THE PADDLE STATION

When: Opening of reservations on May 21, 2022
Or: 5227 – 13th Ave NW, Calgary
Cost: $39+

WHAT TO BRING

Alright, now that you’ve booked a rental, you’re going to pack some things, but what do you put in your bag? In addition to water, snacks, a bathing suit for floating, and sunscreen, you will also need to bring a dry bag for all your spare clothes, keys, phones, wallets, and some emergency items . These include a whistle, a throw bag with at least 15m of rope, a bailer and an umbrella or tarp (just in case it rains!) Sports Rent actually has a fantastic control List on their website – so check it out!

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ENTRY POINTS

All packed? Now it’s time to leave, but where do you park? We recommend having two cars and parking one vehicle at one end and the other at a starting point. Here are some popular points where people often start and end their journey.

Popular starting points include:

CARBURN PARK

Or: 67 Riverview Drive SE, Calgary

EDWORTHY PARK

Or: 5050 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary

BOWNESS PARK

Or: 8900 48th Ave NW, Calgary

PRINCES ISLAND PARK

Or: 698 Eau Claire Avenue South West, Calgary

SUE HIGGENS PARK

Or: Southland Drive SE and Deerfoot Trail, Calgary

SAFETY AND RULES

Alright, so we know some of you will try to resist this section – but please read ahead. Badass reputation aside, it’s important that you stay safe and it all starts here!

When on the Bow River, all passengers MUST wear a life jacket – so remember to take one when you hire your dinghy. Also, no – you can’t break a Bow-pop while on water. Sorry everyone, you’ll have to leave all the booze on the pitch!

Finally, in case it starts to rain, the city recommends that you park on the side, even if you are prepared, even if it is tempting to get out.

If you have more questions about the do’s and don’ts of floating the Bow River, check out the City of Calgary website. here!

As always, the heat can come and go in the blink of an eye, so keep one on the forecast!

Hope we helped you plan your Bow River adventure. Have fun, and be careful!

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