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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some commonly asked questions. Please read through the list as it will make your first trip more enjoyable and predictable. Any additional questions feel free to CONTACT US and we'll be happy to answer you!

What about tubing with Children and Youth?

How long is the Tube Ride?
Actual time spent on the river depends on river conditions—regular or slow currents, and you! Stay in the middle of the river and you will travel faster. Allow yourself to drift to the side in some places and you may not move forward at all! There are 2 possible pick up and departure points that allow for trips of approximately 1 to 5 hours from renting your tube to the end of your return trip on the shuttle.

Is the wildlife safe?
Yes – but bring water shoes! Both Alberta Environment and the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans have confirmed that the wildlife is generally safe. That said, you should never corner, molest or attempt to eat any of the wild life. The biggest problem may be a fresh water clam shell which could potentially cut an unprotected foot.

Do you have group discounts?
Yes . For groups of 14 or more. It's a good idea to call ahead to reserve space for your group.

What about the wind or bad weather?
Wind is slowest in the summer months and less strong in the Coulee. That said you should be prepared to paddle sometimes to compensate for current and breezes. We monitor the weather and may close at our discretion. If you have pre-booked you will be given credit for your purchase.

Why are Water shoes required?
We require that everyone tubing wear some kind of protective footwear in the river. An old pair of sneakers will do. Water shoes work best. We have water shoes FOR SALE or FOR RENT. Locale stores usually have a good selection. Sandals or "flip-flops" do not work well and will most likely get lost.

What about the Water Quality?
The Old Man River is checked regularly by the city for water quality. The water is maintained for 'recreational quality', and is the source of Lethbridge tap water supply. However, as it is nearly everywhere in our times, it is not recommended for drinking without treatment first.

How deep is the River?
During usual August water levels, much of the river route is between two and four feet deep. However there are certain areas where the river will be over your head. You should remain alert and navigate feet first down the middle of the river to avoid ‘bottom bump’ on the more shallow areas.

Do I have to book in advance?
No. Booking in advance simply reserves you a tube. We will hold your tube for up to 15 minutes after the time you booked.

Do you have storage facilities or lockers?
Yes. We have ‘soft lockers’ which are heavy duty nylon mesh bags. The shuttle will transport the bags so they are there to meet you when you come out of the river. You may also give the shuttle driver your keys so you don't risk losing them on the river (it happens every year).

Can I bring my own tube?
Water gear that has been exposed to other lakes and rivers in the vicinity may harbor microorganisms which would be harmful to Old Man River. In consultation with Alberta Environment we have made the decision not to transport personal tubes or rafts.


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