Remote Outhouse Program

Reducing Waste Impact

Paddle Alberta hopes that clubs, commercial paddling companies and other groups will reduce their human waste impacts and ‘Adopt-A-Throne’. Help us maintain thrones at their current locations. Paddle Alberta needs help from volunteers to dig new holes for existing remote outhouses when they need to be moved. Our Thrones also need monitoring, please let us know how they are doing.

Outhouse Locations:


The first goal of the David Thompson High School Wilderness Studies Program was to study the impact at several highly impacted campsites and put-ins on rivers in the area west and south of Rocky Mountain House. Aquatic, riparian and terrestrial assessments were undertaken. After 3 years, with enough data to support some kind of action, the students decided to implement several stewardship projects. The plans involved going to some of the highest use recreational sites on the North Saskatchewan and Red Deer Rivers and implementing strategies that would mitigate the amount of impact that occurs in these areas. With financial and logistical support from Paddle Alberta 4 “Garden Throne” outhouses were installed on the Red Deer and North Saskatchewan rivers. The “thrones” were secured on a platform when two canoes were lashed together with 4×4 posts and plywood that later served as the walls of the outhouse. 

Throne install on the North Sask by the students of Mike Horembala of the David Thompson High School

Throne install on the North Saskatchewan River by the Girl Guides group 2nd Edmonton Trex

Throne install on the Bow River by the Calgary Jr. Forest Wardens

Throne install on Whiskey Jack Lake by Borealis Paddling Club