Have a riverboat and a need for speed?

Try your hand in the annual poker rally, or go for a family ride on the Athabasca River and enjoy the scenic landscape and wildlife.

Whitecourt is one of just four locations worldwide to host the World Jet Boat Marathon along with New Zealand, Mexico and the USA. While you are waiting for the worlds, you can enjoy the Annual Jet Boat Races every August. Events are centered out of Whitecourt’s Riverboat Park.


Notice to Boaters

Whitecourt reminds boaters that there will be continued work in the river this summer as part of the River Erosion Control Project. Work will take place upstream from the Highway 43 Bridge and near the Whitecourt Golf & Country Club. Please use caution in these areas, and refer to the map attached which details where new erosion control spurs have been constructed.

Erosion Control Spur Locations on the McLeod and Athabasca Rivers in Whitecourt

On the Lakes

There are countless lakes in our region to enjoy with friends and family. Please be aware of boating restrictions as some of our lakes have speed limits and other regulations.

Don't forget to bring your tubes!

Jet Boat Races

Western Canada Zone Jet Boat Races - July 12 & 13, 2019

Come experience the sound of thunder racing across our rivers during the Annual Jet Boat Races. Residents and tourists pack the shores each year to witness the excitement of the weekend event.

Learn More

Whitecourt Riverboat Association

For more information follow the Association on Facebook


or contact the Whitecourt Riverboat Association:

  • Karey Crawford 780-778-1465
  • Paddy Stratton Jr. 780-778-0388

​​For more information call the Visitor Information Centre at 1-800-313-7383.

World Jet Boat Marathon

Whitecourt Riverboating

Whitecourt Jet Boat Racing