Kayaking Kicks

A PREMIER PADDLE

Posted by on Jul 3, 2021 in Kayaking Kicks | 0 comments

Put together the ideal conditions of timing, wind, water, weather, and you have my recent paddle on Premier Lake. Situated south of Invermere approximately 1.25 hours drive (the last thirty km on gravel roads with teeth clacking washboard) Premier Lake is in a provincial park. The payoff for driving...

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FIASCO ON THE FRENCHMAN RIVER

Posted by on Jun 20, 2021 in Kayaking Kicks | 7 comments

I watched the ripples form ten feet from my kayak and called to my friend, “A large fish just jumped right by my bow,” Before I finished speaking the fish turned and plowed into the starboard side of my kayak with enough force to tilt me to port. I...

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A DUCK IN THE CREEK

Posted by on Apr 27, 2021 in Kayaking Kicks | 1 comment

No, I’m not a winged critter, though I saw plenty of happy fowl on my kayak down Swift Current Creek, April 9, 2021. Clouds floated across a pale blue sky, the thermometer sat around 11 degrees Celsius, and the wind was 22 mph from the southwest – a tail...

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Come Hell or High Water

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Kayaking Kicks | 1 comment

Paddling solo always takes more contemplation and courage. There is no one to share their tent if you forgot yours, or lend you that piece of equipment you left at the last campsite or lost in the river. But, promised an optimum window of good weather and high water...

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A Prehistoric Paddle

Posted by on Jun 24, 2018 in Kayaking Kicks | 3 comments

  Arrival at the summit leading down into Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, left me breathless, and that wasn’t because I climbed it on foot! I was looking over forty-seven square kilometres of sculptures carved out by glacier melt. Table top rocks balanced on slender columns, hoodoos formed fascinating castles....

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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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