Pembina River Tubing is open for the season and it’s a great day trip idea if you’re searching for a way to get out of town. It’s located in Entwhistle, about an hour from Edmonton and it’s a great day date idea – especially if you’re searching for a date on the cheap.
What’s it cost? Tube rentals vary between $17 and $24, but if you’re going to make the trip as easy as possible, take advantage of the tube rental and shuttle service ($24-30). This allows you to secure your belongings in your own vehicle, or take advantage of their securing, and get shuttled to and from the river tubing beginning and end.
Bringing your own tube? It’s only $12 for the shuttle back to your vehicle when you’re finished. Want to make it free? Bring your own tubes, and have someone park at the beginning (the Pembina River tubing put in, and someone park at the end at the Pembina River Day use area).
Tips for Tubing the Pembina River
- Make sure to wear sandals (not flip flops) or water shoes, it’s going to make it easier when you’re getting in and out. Don’t skip this, especially if you want to walk on the rocks or if you get stuck in a shallow spot.
- Wear sunscreen
- Life jackets are recommended, and available for rental, but you can bring your own (if you have it)
- Bring a friend, and park in the designated areas, to avoid paying the shuttle fees. One friend parks at the beginning, the other at the end – you see where I’m going with this.
- Use this guide to figure out how long it’s going to take to float, and to make sure that the river is going to be high enough so you’re not having to constantly stand up and walk
- If you’re bringing your own tube, it’s only $1 to inflate it, so don’t worry about doing this at home.
- To save money, bring your own tube, but make sure the tube is going to last through the entire float – you don’t want to be doubling up along the way. We saw a few half-deflated tubes along our float today.
- Tube ties can be used to tie two tubes together, but skip them when the float time is 3 hours+, then it’s going to cause you to go way too slowly down the river
Don’t forget to bring lots of water, and snacks. Glass bottles are not allowed, and you are tubing usually for at least two hours, so you’re going to want to make sure that you keep yourself hydrated on the water.
Plan your next day trip: Use these directions to get to Pembina River Tubing.