‘Secrets Of The Wapiti’ River Float

Boats, Floats and Anecdotes…

One of our most exciting tours this season!

Discover the secrets of the dinosaur-bearing Wapiti Formation through this memorable river float excursion. We will transport you back into an ancient world, while you also experience the peace and beauty of the modern river. Learn from paleontologists, touch newly exposed fossils, and explore sites only accessible from the water.

The tour starts at the Pipestone Creek Campground and takes you on a unique 4.5 hour experience down the Wapiti River (the ride is gentle – there are no rapids). This program focuses on geology, paleoecology, and natural history of the Peace Region. We’ll show you what to look for and what to do when you find a potential fossil.

Our highly trained rafters, certified by Rescue Canada, will inform you about the safety procedures and the itinerary of the float tour before embarking on this exciting trip. There are two stops along the way; one for a lunch break, with delicious food prepared by Café on 43, and another one at Spring Creek, a site rich in fossilized plant material. There, our paleontology guide will teach you about a world that once flourished here, with animal species thriving in a long-gone warm-temperate environment. This includes dinosaurs, but also ancient crocodiles, mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

The tour wraps up with our ‘dino bus’ bringing you back to your vehicles at Pipestone Creek campground. On your way back…  why not visit us at the museum?


The 4.5 hour program includes:

  • Pre-program with our team at Pipestone Creek campground
  • Three hour float down the Wapiti River
  • Bagged lunch (provided)
  • Fossil exploration at our Spring Creek fossil site
  • Return trip from the exit point back to Pipestone Creek

$160.00 per person; visitors must arrange their own transportation to Pipestone Creek Campground. We will bus guests back to their vehicles at the end of the float.


Please bring/wear the following:

  • Comfortable shoes that can get wet
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather conditions
  • At least 1L of water per person
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hat


  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Safety waivers must be signed by all participants
  • There are washrooms at the Pipestone Creek campground. However, there are no facilities available once the float has begun; please plan accordingly
  • Tours are weather-dependent, and may be cancelled in the event of adverse conditions