Participant Waiver Policy

All participants must completely fill out and sign a waiver individually for each tour in which they participate. The waiver must be submitted to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper staff at the beginning of each event.  Waivers can be printed out prior to the event using the link below or waivers will be on site for each participant.

  • Kayak Tour Waiver Form – Click HERE
  • Snowshoe/Hiking Waiver Form – Click HERE
  • Bike Tour Waiver Form – Click HERE

Participant Requirements

Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants are responsible for wearing appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, proper foot attire, bringing water, food, and any needed medicine or medical devices for themselves or children.

  • Kayak Tour – All participants for a paddle tour must be 12-years-old or older. Participants under the age of 16 must ride in a tandem kayak with a parent or guardian over the age of 18. All participants are required to attend paddling safety training session before launch, and wear a PFD with a whistle attached to it.  PFDs with attached whistles can be provided by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at no extra charge.
  • Snowshoe/Hiking – Participants of all ages are welcome. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Biking Tours– Participants of all ages are welcome. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants are required to wear a helmet. Helmets are not provided by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

Event Policy

No alcohol, drug use, or smoking by any tour staff or participant is allowed during any tour. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pets are not permitted on kayak tours. Certified service animals are permitted on other tours. Individual guests may be barred from participating in a tour at the discretion of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper staff.

Cancellation Policy

  • Kayak Tour – Will be cancelled if the combined air and water temperate is under 120 degrees Fahrenheit, winds are above 25 mph, 50% or greater chance of thunderstorms, when a Small Craft Advisory is in effect for Lakes Erie or Ontario, or cancelled/shortened at the discretion of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper staff.
  • All other tours will be canceled if there is a 50% or greater chance of thunderstorms or canceled/shortened at the discretion of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper staff.

Transfer Policy

Transfers of tickets from one individual to another is allowed.  Please contact Wendy Paterson at wpaterson@bnriverkeeper.org or 716-852-7483 ext 26 to inform her of the name of the new participant(s) so that the new participant(s) can be added to the event’s registration list.

Transfers of a ticket for tour to another tour maybe allowed depending on available equipment and participant numbers. Please contact Wendy Paterson at wpaterson@bnriverkeeper.org or 716-852-7483 ext 26 to discuss.