About Western Canada

red_deer_river_ABWelcome to theWestern Canada – Alberta and BC

From the Canadian Shield bedrock of the Slave River in the Northwest Territories, the northern, central, southern Rockies on the Alberta/BC border to the lush rainforests of BC; one question remains: Oh, where to paddle, where to paddle? If anything helps the decision making issue it’s that one can usually arrange for year round paddling somewhere out west. To help you out some, here is a brief description of Western Canada. Those links to clubs and school on this site; check them out because you’ll find location descriptions and perhaps a paddler or two to hook up with! The Rocky Mountain Corridor extends from the Crowsnest Pass in southern Alberta and takes you through the Kananaskis and north to Jasper and Grande Cache. When you fall off the continental divide in any of these areas you’ll end up putting your boat in the water respectively from the south to the north in Fernie, Invermere, Golden and Clearwater, BC. There are three main highways in BC and many smaller ones to get lost on. In winter its best to choose the one that poses the shortest distance and is open. The summer months leave one pondering about which rivers you’ll paddle on your way to the coast. Questions like; if you take this highway there do you take a different one back, become the daily norm. Do I stay on the Yellowhead and head up to Quesnel, Smithers and Terrace to paddle some of the finest creeks around? Do I head to Vancouver Island or stay in the Fraser Valley? How about Skookumchuk? Is it running? One thing is certain; there is park and play along the way and something for every level. Should you feel you’ve mastered driving, take the plunge; head north 18 hours from Calgary to the Slave River which is located just outside the northern most Alberta border. With 5 sets of rapids, one can best describe this river as the bouldering of whitewater paddling. The only disclaimer to be offered: Plan on staying for no less than 10 days.

Recent News and Info

APE Strokes & Concepts Clinic with Stephen Wright

January 17th, 2018 Contributed by: saskia

A pool session with the Hobbit King to improve your paddling techniques! ( Registration Deadline—Jan 29, 2018 ) Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Stephen Wright.  Jackson Kayak Factory Team member, Stephen, is a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3 rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, US Freestyle team member 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, & 2017 , was the Pan American Champion in 2011 and was the World Champion for Squirt Boating in 2015. This one evening course is designed for the boater who wants to deal deeper into proper paddling techniques in a kayak.  The clinic will be held at Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN.  Course will be limited to 10 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration and payment to reserve your spot ASAP

The Bend Kayakers go to Mexico

January 14th, 2018 Contributed by: saskia

Pyranha Freedom Hall Pool Demo

January 9th, 2018 Contributed by: saskia

Chris Hipgrave will be joining us on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at our weekly pool session.  Chris will have all the hottest new kayak designs from Pyranha for free demo and he’ll be there to help with paddling instruction.


 

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