As the temperatures start rising and the ice starts melting, Albertans everywhere are shedding layers and dreaming of summer days. Since we spend 9 out of 12 months buried under snow, it is of utmost importance that we make the most of the brief summer we do get. What's the best way to do this?

Well, picture this - you and three of your closest buds on an inflatable raft, meandering down Calgary's Bow river whilst suntanning, snacking, and sipping on some refreshing beverages and jamming along to music from a Bluetooth speaker. Sound like your kind of Saturday? Here's what to do:

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What to bring: Lifejackets, SUNSCREEN (the most important, trust me), a waterproof bag for your electronics, Bluetooth speaker, snacks, drinks, and your bathing suit (duh).

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Where to start: Rent rafts/life jackets from Lazy Day Raft Rentals. A popular setting off point is Baker Park, so head on down there and get your gear ready to set off. 

Note: In order to raft the river, it is essential that you have a car waiting for you at your ending point too, to transport you back to the car you left at the starting point. 

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Tips for the float: While you're enjoying your ride down the lazy river, it is important to stay diligent in order to stay away from rapids and shallow waters. When going under the 10 Street Bridge, make sure to stay in the middle of the river or to the left, as the right-hand side is shallow and has some rougher water. Don't to forget to reapply sunscreen religiously, and stay hydrated!

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Where to end: Popular ending points are Prince's Island Park (3h float), Edworthy Park (1.5h float), and Shouldice Park (1h float). 

Finally, make sure to check the weather before you go, the last thing you want is to be stuck on a raft in a hailstorm!

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