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Discover Canada’s Canoeing Culture & History in Peterborough

If you're a paddler of any type of craft, a history buff or a museum goer you will LOVE the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. I visited the museum a few weeks ago and came away awed by the beauty and design of the canoes and kayaks that are on display along with the stories that go with them. The museum contains the largest collection of canoes, kayaks & paddled watercraft in the world! When you enter the…

Done in a Day: Kayaking the Beautiful Bow River in Banff

If you've ever driven the Trans-Canada Highway through Banff National Park you've seen the Bow River. It's a beautiful ribbon of turquoise-blue that you can't miss. I've wanted to paddle it since moving to Calgary. I finally did. The Bow River starts in the Rockies and flows onto the prairies to meet the Oldman River which then drains into the South Saskatchewan River. In Banff  National Park there are three sections of the Bow River that…

Paddling the Peace: A Fabulous Alberta Adventure

Unless you're from northern Alberta, the Peace River probably doesn't register on your radar. Yet it's a huge river that dramatically cuts across the province for over 1,000 kilometres. Starting in the Rocky Mountains of northern BC, the river flows northeast through Alberta to empty into the Slave River, one of the Mackenzie River tributaries. The Mackenzie is the tenth longest river in the world! Paddling the Peace River is a fabulous Alberta adventure but…

The Top 5 Outdoor Adventures in Prince George

Few towns throw down outdoor adventure like Prince George. Yet, the small northern B.C. city doesn’t get the hype it deserves on the western Canada scene. I had passed through town a few times before, once on the way to paddling the amazing Bowron Lakes Circuit—an epic paddle through 116-kilometre chain of lakes, waterways and portages just a couple hours north of town. But it still took until a recent May visit to open my…

Elk Island National Park: 5 Fantastic Things You’ll Want to Do

When you need a break from the city, nothing beats a visit to a national park to recharge your soul. Humans need to reconnect with nature for their mental and physical well-being. For anyone living in Edmonton, they are lucky to have Elk Island National Park practically on their doorstep - a great destination to renew, reconnect with nature, relax and have fun on a sandy beach by a lake. Elk Island National Park has been…

Unparalleled Kayaking & Camping in the Islands of the Georgian Bay

If you're looking for an outstanding kayaking trip that delivers where it counts  - unparalleled beauty, rocky pink granite islands and gorgeous campsites on islands you have to yourself, then you should think about a kayaking (or canoeing) trip to the Georgian Bay - in particular, the area around Killarney Provincial Park. A few years ago I'd spent some time paddling around Franklin Island in the Georgian Bay, further to the south so I had some…

Alberta Spotlight: A 3 Day Canoe Trip You’ll Love

Did you know that Alberta's only canoe circuit is located a few hours north of Edmonton in Lakeland Provincial Park? It's called the Lac la Biche Canoe Circuit and it's something any outdoor adventurer will love. Allow 3-4 days. Before you hit the water you will have to organize a canoe (or kayak), assuming you don't own one. Although you can rent one in nearby Lac la Biche, you must be able to tie it…

Done in a Day: Canoeing the Yukon River from Marsh Lake to Whitehorse

The Yukon River is the third longest in North America, traveling 3,185 kilometres from northern British Columbia to empty into Alaska's Bering Sea. Although it has played key transportation roles, especially during the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the nineteenth century, now it's definitely a river for recreational enthusiasts. In fact ever summer, the world's longest kayaking and canoeing race - the 715 kilometre Yukon River Quest - takes places between Whitehorse and Dawson…

Canoeing from the Cameron River Ramparts to Yellowknife

The Northwest Territories offers some of the best canoeing in the country. But almost all of the canoe routes require an expensive float plane ride. I wanted to do something that didn't cost a lot. With some help from Gary at Overlander Sports I put together an itinerary that only required a one hour van shuttle from Yellowknife to KM 55 on the Ingraham Trail (also known as Highway 4). The plan was to spend four…

Canoeing the Caddy Lake Tunnels in Whiteshell Provincial Park

Until recently I'd never heard of the Caddy Lake Tunnels, let alone the fact that there is a 169 km (105 mile) round-trip canoe loop that starts on Caddy Lake in eastern Manitoba. For those of you short on time, the tunnels can be canoed as part of a day trip from Winnipeg. The tunnels are located in Whiteshell Provincial Park, near the Manitoba - Ontario border. They were blasted through solid granite rock when the railways were built, somewhere around the turn…

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