Image: A river view from up way up high via Pembina River Tubing.
Just about an hour and a half west of Edmonton is the lovely and kid-friendly Pembina River Provincial Park. Pembina is a very popular spot for camping and playing in the water – just like Lake Wabamun that we featured last month in this blog. The clear river is nice and shallow at the campground and the bubbling water along the rocky beach is a big hit with kids. Plus, you’re nice and close to two towns, Evansburg and Entwistle – in case you forget anything or want to browse the farmer’s market on a sunny summer Saturday morning.
Camping at Pembina
The provincial campground has 132 large power sites set back in the trees for privacy. Besides the beach, kids will love swinging and sliding in the playground or playing soccer or frisbee on the wide open day-use field. You can buy firewood onsite for your roaring nighttime campfire – and roasting up hot dogs, marshmallows and s’mores. There are pay showers, picnic tables along the river and a fish cleaning station – the river is a very popular fishing spot for Whitefish and Pike too (bring your license).
Float the river
A very cool feature of the park is the towering 62-metre high gorge that you can see either from the top by hiking along the Riverside Trail or from way down below in the river as you float past on a tube. For the float, you can either take two cars, park one at the park’s day-use area, where you’ll get out and drive the other to where you launch in the river at Entwistle.
Pembina River Tubing Co.
Or keep it super simple and go with Pembina River Tubing. Starting May 16 (by reservation), park your car and keys at their office, rent a tube and catch their shuttle. Then spend the day gently floating on the water under tall bridges and high cliffs. I’ve done this and it’s a crazy-fun and relaxing way to spend a hot summer day – plus there are lots of spots to pull your tube over, have a snack on the riverbank or splash around in the water.