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Explore alberta’s
rivers by canoe
There’s no shortage of variety
BY anGELa HaRdER
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¦ RECENTLY MOVED TO ALBERTA wander up the hoodoo coulees in search of River. The blue-green water and exhilarating
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and wondering what the province has to dinosaur fossils. wave trains keep bringing people back every Y

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offer for canoeing? You are in luck if you There are some great moderate and multi- year. Pedley Falls and beautiful canyons GAR
like rivers because there are a lot to choose day canoe trip choices around Calgary. are a joy and the great camping along the
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from. Lake canoeists may want to learn Early in the season you can escape to the river makes for some of the best pictures
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some river skills to continue paddling. There Milk River in southern Alberta. You can and memories.
is a large variety of rivers to suit your style choose a section that is sporty with rocks to Whether your style of adventure is a
of adventure. maneuver around or you can pick the more whitewater rush, a gentle float trip, a multi-
With the mountains close by, there are relaxed section where you float into Writing day adventure, or stunning scenery in the
many options for the whitewater enthusiast. on stone Provincial Park. This stunning park mountains or prairies, Alberta offers them
Close to Calgary, as long as the water flows, is another wonderland of hoodoo formations all around Calgary. Great resources are
you can experience the glorious surf waves and ancient petroglyphs that take you back the Alberta Recreation Canoe Association
of the Elbow River, the stunning gorges in time. On this river you are surrounded by maps. The maps describe in detail the river,
of the sheep River, or one of the many rolling grasslands and intimate sandstone put-ins, take-outs, suggested itineraries and
continuous ledge drops of the Highwood canyons. Instead of feeling the shade of description of the rapids so you can have a
River. For dependable water throughout the trees, (since there are none), you will paddle safe trip.
summer, the Kananaskis River below Barrier under the shadow of the sweetgrass Hills in To ensure a safe and enjoyable trip,
Dam is a favourite for the locals who can Montana and feel the prairie wind blow. you must ensure than your skill level and
get in a paddle after work. On a warm day For a change of pace you can experience experience match the river you choose.
on the weekend or even a weekday you will paddling from the mountains to the prairies There are many places to get lessons and
find swarms of kayakers, rafters, canoers on the North saskatchewan River. People to help prepare you for the adventure. In
and river surfers all sharing the river and often start near Nordegg where you can see Calgary you can check out the Outdoor
enjoying the many surf waves and holes. the towering mountains and then paddle Centre, Rocky Mountain Paddling Centre or
If your style of adventure is floating and downhill through fun wave trains and rapids the Bow Waters Canoe Club. Here you will
relaxing then you can head to the Lower like the Devil’s Elbow and the Brierlies. This is find many passionate canoeists who would
Red Deer near Drumheller and enjoy an a great trip for someone new to whitewater be happy to get you out on the water.
easy float trip. For one day or multiple days paddling. There is always a way around the Have fun exploring Alberta’s Rivers!
you can sit back and watch the hoodoos rapids if you don’t want to get wet. Angela Harder, canoer for life, is the Canoe
float by and imagine a time when dinosaurs If you would like a full mountain experience Program Coordinator at the Outdoor Centre,
roamed this earth. In the evenings you can there is nothing better than the Kootenay University of Calgary.
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28 CALGARY  SUMMER 2008 www.CalgaryOutdoors.ca
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