FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How does this work?
A: First you make a Reservation for the COVID Season. When you arrive at the Parking Booth 15 to 30 before your Reservation Time to make sure you are at the Waiver/Rental Booth on time. You go back to your vehicle to do any other preparations you need to make and then walk to the river to begin your float. Enjoy your time on the river and when you reach the get out point, you go to the Pembina River Provincial Park Day Use Area Pick Up Point where you get on the Shuttle bus and are brought back to the Start Point.
Q: Why do we need a Reservation now?
A: Because of the number of people who visit our location in the summer, the congestion our visitors can make, and keeping in mind the COVID-19 World Wide Pandemic, a request was made by the Provincial Conservation Officers to we put into place a system that would regulate the number of people exiting at the Provincial Park. This was NEVER an option except on Weekdays and Never wanted before now COVID. We are just learning how to make this work. We thank everyone for their patience and support as we continue to “Keep Albertan’s Safe” in our own little way.
Q: Can I bring Alcohol to float with?
A: NO. NEVER. WE REPORT SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVERS. This is Public Property. You cannot drink anywhere on the property, river or provincial park. Just like you cannot drink in the Walmart parking lot either.
Q: Can I bring my own Floaty?
A: Yes you can BUT Just remember that some floaties are too big, are meant for lakes and are hard to carry down to the river and most are meant for swimming pools and will pop very soon after getting into this river that has many sharp rocks.
Q: What if my tube pops? What do I do then?
A: All you can do is walk to the pick up point. This is why we recommend everyone to wear shoes. The rocks are hard on feet.
Q: Is there camping available?
A: We are NOT a campground and we do not allow campfires.
Q: Can we have a Picnic?
A: Yes. We do have picnic tables for you to enjoy a picnic before or after your float. You can use your portable Bar-B-Que for cooking only. No firepits are available.
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Yes. You MUST take your pet with you, it MUST be on a leash and you MUST have something for it to ride in. They are not allowed in our tubes because their claws can puncture the tubes and then you are responsible for the replacement of the tube and/or cover. We have a policy that if a pet is left in the parking lot or vehicle, police are called and the animal is put into protective custody.
Q: Why do you not have the waiver on line?
A: The waiver and where to get out of the river MUST be explained on site.
Q: Will I get wet?
A: Yes, it is a requirement. Water in the river will splash and you will get wet. The bottom of the tubes have holes in them and will allow water to enter.
Q: How long is the trip?
A: This all depends on the height of the river. We make age restrictions when the river is at a higher level and we change our closing time because of this. Please watch the home page for these changes.
CROCS ARE BEST, TENNIS SHOES OR SANDALS or other footwear are needed to protect against sharp objects, cuts, scrapes, bruises and the rocky river bottom while walking to and from entry/exit points.
SUN BLOCK LOTION or SUN SCREEN should be applied both BEFORE and DURING each float trip or any time you are in the sun for extended periods. It’s a good idea to bring a large white T-shirt and put on if you begin to sunburn.
A CAP, HAT or VISOR and SUNGLASSES will help shield your face, eyes and head from the rays of the sun.
CHILDREN should be at least five (5) years old or older and MUST be accompanied by an adult for tubing on the river. Life jackets/vests are recommended for all children and all non swimmers and are provided on request at no charge with your tube rental.
NO LIFE GUARDS ON DUTY, you will be on your own, use caution, think safety first! Parents & Guardians – you are responsible for your children…a waiver will be required for each tuber.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER while tubing on the Pembina River to help prevent dehydration.
DO NOT LITTER! Dispose of all trash in garbage cans provided at entrance/ exit and along the route. Dump all trash in designated receptacles. Help keep our rivers, parks and the Pembina River beautiful. Help everyone enjoy Pembina River
GLASS CONTAINERS or STYROFOAM COOLERS are NOT RECOMMENDED on the Pembina River
PARK ONLY in designated areas, cars in undesignated areas may be towed at the owners expense.
SECURE YOUR CAR KEYS, house keys, or any other keys on the River… keys don’t float… Locksmiths are expensive!
DO NOT TAKE ANY VALUABLES ON THE RIVER as most items sink and are never found; place your cell phones, jewelry and other valuables in a safe place! Phones don’t float and do not work very well, if at all, after they have been submerged under water. Many people have lost Wedding rings and other types of rings because fingers tend to shrink after being in the water for awhile, allowing ring(s) to slip off fingers into the river, never to be found again.
ATTACH & SECURE PRESCRIPTION GLASSES, EYEWEAR and SUNGLASSES to your face, head or body while tubing. Anyone wearing glasses should have a headband, neckband or float bobber of some sort, preferably the floating type that attaches to each arm of your glasses to prevent your eyeglasses from falling off your face and sinking into the river should you flip your tube over. We suggest you bring your own Float Bobber with you for your eyeglasses.