Kayaking Kicks

A Place of Beauty – Bow Island to Medicine Hat

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

My first interest in this stretch of water came from reading several blogs. The photos promised some glorious scenery, unlike the usual rolling hills and cut banks I see along my piece of the South Saskatchewan River. I took a year to ponder, then, with two friends eager to...

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The Columbia Wetlands for Dessert

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 0 comments

June 6, Columbia River We wrapped up our trip with a satisfyingly, sweet experience. Our launch site was the public marina, under the bridge, at the bottom of the hill coming into Invermere. The sun was bright, the sky a cloudless, cobalt blue. No wind! The Columbia River looked...

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The Entre

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 0 comments

Lake Windermere, June 5 A tumbling row of cumulonimbus cloud paralleled the lake on the east and west sides, leaving a blue canopy above us, as we hit the water on the third day of our trip. Appetites sharp, we couldn’t wait to taste a new stretch of water....

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The Fish Course

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

Whiteswan Lake, B.C. June 4 Succulent as scallops served on pea puree, Whiteswan Lake held my interest with its unique flavour. Everything I’d read about the lake promised a pleasing experience. Whiteswan proved an exceptional one. The drive in, on a logging road off Highway 95, south of Canal...

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Little Lake Lillian

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 0 comments

Paddling in B.C. Driving west of Invermere on the way to Panorama Ski Resort, you come across the sweetest little lake. It won’t give you paddling for a day, but a few tranquil hours are there for the taking. There’s clear signage on the highway, announcing a public park,...

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Wind off the Water

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

We’ve had almost a week of wind, some gusting as high as eighty kilometres an hour in the past few days. This mighty force has kept me off the water. I don’t mind riding waves, but when I can’t turn my kayak around, I know I shouldn’t be out there....

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Afternoon Tea on the Water

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 0 comments

Seldom do I head out in my kayak, without taking a thermos of tea and a snack with me. Usually the food is enclosed in a Ziploc bag and tucked inside a fanny pack that I wear in front for easy access. As it also holds other essentials like...

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First Kayak of 2017

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

April 7. The ice was off the river. The sun was fighting through veils of stratus. The temperature five centigrade, meant hitting the water was a must. When I’m writing I don’t cut into my day with other activities. However, the old aphorism ‘rules are made …’ tapped at...

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Kayaking St. Mary’s Reservoir, AB

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

The weather was iffy, rains showers for the next three days. I had a torn hamstring. My paddling partner was recovering from a back injury. To go or not to go? Based on past experiences of trusting you’d get the best conditions, if you took the risk, we decided...

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Paddling South Saskatchewan Lancer Ferry to Cabris Park

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

Filled with confidence by my successful trip from Riverhurst to Elbow on June 22, I decided to bite off another stretch of the river and paddle Eston Riverside Park to Cabris Regional Park (a calculated this distance as 54 kms). So early Monday morning Den drove me to Eston...

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