Friday, June 20, 2008

Paddle Fest 2008

2nd Annual Paddle Fest - July 12/13, 2008

Online Registration Coming Soon!

Hosted by the Alberta Whitewater Association in conjunction with the Alberta Recreational Canoeing Association, join us on the Red Deer River, south west of Sundre, for a weekend of skills development, recreational canoeing & kayaking and a relaxed social event.

- Clinics and river runs for beginners to advanced paddlers

- No boat? No problem! Demo boats available from Aquabatics, Undercurrents and MEC

- All ages and all abilities welcome

- Hiking, rafting and trail riding offered by nearby outfitters for non paddlers

To register and to see updates surf over to

Contact Saskia van Mourik at for more information.

Paddlers and those who enjoy the river culture are invited to come out to the Red Deer River to celebrate whitewater paddling in Alberta!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

3 Rivers Whitewater Rendezvous

This past weekend saw many from the Alberta paddling community attend the Pinch-o-Crow Creekers 10th annual whitewater rendezvous. With 3 days of excellent weather and food it is no wonder that we all forget the May Long Weekend Snofest to join Chuck Lee and his gang of southern paddlers for so many river runs and terrific beginner lessons.

I found myself helping Chuck and many others as we piled 30 or so new paddlers into kayaks. With +30 degree weather it was inevitable they would paddle all three days and join the rest of us whitewater addicted paddlers.

Of course my truck would be the center of attention and the topic of many discussions...the poor ol' boat slugger earned its keep this past weekend. Not known for its human traveling capacity, the boats that travelled with it felt safe on the 2001 Nissan. With 360,000 km of road experience, these boats would make it to the river safely! Now for the getting down the river has been mentioned that Chuck has about 360 years of paddling we are safe!

Once again, thank you so much to Chuck Lee and the many others including Matt and Joanne Cole, Dave Saganiuk, Janet Elder and the many others who basically hook lined and sinkered us into thinking paddling is about waking up to a 5 star breakfast and having a river run all organized!