If you are a water sport fanatic, you will surely find lots of that in Canada – from tall and majestic waterfalls to picturesque lakes, down to strong current rivers and gently flowing streams in the forests. Given the abundance of many beautiful water formations in the place, it is no wonder that tourist looking for that jolt of adrenaline in the waters flock to the country to enjoy one of its best offerings in terms of water activities – canoeing. Below are some of the best canoeing routes that you can find in Alberta, Canada.
This is one of the easiest routes to traverse, and suitable for all beginners or those planning to spend the weekend doing something new. You can start off in the northern part of the Vermillion Lakes, and then make your way to Bow River. On the contrary, you can also start from the lower end and head for the lake. Do remember that at different times of the year, the lake’s water can be very shallow so you may have to occasionally climb down and push your canoe or kayak. However, once you are out in the Bow River, it should be smooth sailing. The Bow River is fed by the melting glaciers, so the water can be cold to very cold, depending on what time of the year you go. There are great views of the trees and the forests, as the west side of Banff Mountain Resort is well within your view.
Red Deer River
The Red Deer River requires some paddling skill and is considered to be suitable for those looking for moderate waters and current. The river has played host to several canoeing and kayaking competitions over the years, but it still remains as one of the lesser known beauties of the canoeing and kayaking world. One of the things that make people want to take this route are the different interesting and exciting points of the river, like the Big Rock and the Nationals which runs with white waters, ledges and holes along the way that will surely make for a great paddling experience.
Bearspaw Dam to Princess Island Park
This route and section of the Bow River is classified by many as moderately difficult, but there are times when the speed and strength of the river’s current certainly goes well above moderate. If you are planning to take this canoeing trip with your kids, then take note that this may not be for you. The river is strong and fast, and you will overturn at some points of the route and may even damage your canoe. Occasionally, you may have to paddle to shore, stand up on a rock to examine what lies ahead, carefully looking through the channels and choosing the best way to go. In addition, there is a weir at the end of the route, and you must make sure to get to safety before reaching this low dam or else you might find yourself in grave danger of drowning.
Alberta is home to great wilderness, flourishing with wonderful flora and fauna and stunning yet challenging rivers that can most certainly give you the ride of your life.
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