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Welcome to Accessible Waters & Adventures

We are a family-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing our clients with personalized adaptive adventure experiences. At Accessible Waters and Adventures, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience Alberta's beautiful natural scenery. We offer guided boat tours with our fully modified, wheelchair accessible boat and also rent specialized adaptive recreation equipment for independently organized adventures.  We believe that everyone should have access to exciting and fun activities, and our team works hard to ensure that our clients have a great time, every time.

Our Story

As a family, we have had the privilege of accessing the lakes, rivers and natured areas in our region. But we recognized that these adventures aren’t easily accessible to all - especially  for those living with disability. We found out quickly that there is significant limitations and gaps in services targeting adaptive outdoor recreation. So, our captain, Butch, designed specialty modifications for his boat to make it fully adaptable and wheelchair accessible. In these early development stages we reached out to many community service organizations, municipalities, advocates and community members for feedback on our plans and to learn the needs and interests of this community for boating recreation. With this feedback and many kind supporters, we launched the non-profit organization Accessible Waters in spring 2022. In this first year we had an overwhelming positive response from the community, touring on the waters with so many clients and their friends and family.  Throughout our pilot year, we continued to learn from our clients and began to understand the many barriers that individuals living with disability face to enjoy outdoor recreation activities, on water and land. We discovered a major gap in the available services for individualized adventures and limited access to specialized recreation equipment. With input from the community and our clients again, we expanded our services to include adaptive equipment rentals for outdoor adventures. Accessible Waters and Adventures aims to make Alberta's nature accessible to everyone and are committed to continue to learn and grow our services to best support this goal.  

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Acknowledging the lands and waters 

The lands of our operation base, of Edmonton and nearby surrounding areas, and the North Saskatchewan River have been an important site of natural abundance, culture, ceremony, and trade for Indigenous people since the time of immemorial.


Accessible Waters and Adventures operates on Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. We acknowledge this land as the traditional territory of many First Nations such as Nehiyaw (Cree), Denesuliné (Dene), Nakota Sioux (Stoney), Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) and Niitsitapi (Blackfoot).


Our organization recognizes we adventure on the traditional lands and waters of the Indigenous peoples of Alberta and we aim to operate respectfully of this land and be good neighbors to those who have cared for these lands and rivers long before our family settled here. Accessible Waters and Adventures will strive to care and respect the water and land and minimize the environmental impact of our activities.

The AWA Team


Together our family has been dedicated to Accessible Waters and Adventures mission. From sharing our adventures on social media, ensuring financial accountability and sustainability, communications and booking services, to captaining the boat - our team strives to ensure the our adventurers have the best experiences!  

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