Trip Reports

Trip Coordinator: Alan Stewart

With a bleak forecast that slowly improved day by day as the weekend approached, 8 paddlers met in Blue Ridge with hopes of gathering enough excitement to brave the elements and take a two day trip on a delightful section of the Athabasca River.

Trip Coordinator: Alan Stewart

 We began assembling at Wiley West campground boat launch as early as 9.30, with a goal of getting on the water by 10.30 or 11.00. After setting up the shuttle we got on the water slightly after 11.00.

Weather a bit cool with a slight drizzle but enthusiasm wasn’t dampened. The river flow plenty adequate and not too high, close to 300cms according to Gord’s internet research. The current was good and somewhere along the route Mel clocked us drifting at about 8kph.

Trip Coordinator: Mike Eaton

Another one of our car camping trips, this time to the majestic mountain lakes of Jasper.  The itinerary included Maligne and Pyramid Lakes. 

Trip Coordinator: Donna McKenzie

Murtle Lake is the largest canoe and kayak only lake in North America. It’s located in Wells Gray Provincial Park about 30km west of Blue River, BC.  It’s a very popular paddle destination even for people as far away as Europe.  It is the dream trip of many from Germany and Switzerland and we met people from BC, Alberta, Washington and Oregon as well.  The NWV had attempted to run a trip to Murtle in 2017 but we decided the wild fires in BC were best avoided so we made plans to try again for 2018.

Click here to see the detailed trip report including some great pictures.

Trip coordinator: Paul Bird

Saturday dawned a hot and sunny day.  The group met around 9 am at the 50th street boat launch in Edmonton, and unloaded boats and equipment.

We were:

Canoes: Don and Gene, Eric and Marie, Isobel and Gary, Doug and Leslie with the smallest Northwest Voyageur, Abby the puppy.

Kayaks: Cathy, Karyn, Diane and Paul.

Some cars were driven to the take out at the Fort Saskatchewan Boat Launch.  A big thank you to Marian Brudnicki, who offered to do shuttling for us.  We met him there, and he and Cathy shuttled drivers back to the put in.  After a quick “comfort break” at the Capilano Park bathrooms, we launched on calm water in bright sunshine.  We commented on the large number of canoes, compared to many kayak-heavy trips of late.

Trip Coordinator: Mike Eaton

Every sea-faring yarn needs a good opening line. It was a sunny, calm day might not draw in the readers but it was a completely accurate for this day trip on Wabamun Lake. The trip was from Seba Beach to Wabamun over a distance 22 km.

During the off-season, I had found that not many in the club had paddled on Wabamun before so it would be an new experience for all of. 

Trip Coordinators: Doug and Leslie Knight

Trip Report: Stephanie Jansen

Five intrepid paddlers started out on a July morning, refusing to be daunted by the dark clouds looming in the northeast. They made their way to Lac La Biche A&W to meet and drive out to Lakeland Provincial Park in a rainbow coloured convoy. Our group leaders, Doug and Leslie led the way followed by Stephanie, Margriet and Denise. Our first task, after eating lunch, was to locate enough canoe trailers for every member in the group to affix their boat to a cart and begin the three kilometer portage to Jackson lake. Doug and Leslie explained that sometimes the carts are still at the other end and one must hike in to pick them up, and repeat the trek with the kayak, thus increasing the journey from 3 kilometers to nine kilometers. So we were very relieved to find enough trailers at the start for the whole group. Doug gave us some pointers on tying the boats on and used words like “balancing the boat”. I admit to only partially listening to the directions as I was so eager to get going. Soon everything was loaded and we were on our way, only to experience the Many Plagues of Lakeland Provinical Park; rain, humidity, heat, hills, and thousands of bloodthirsty relentless mosquitos. My boat kept coming loose because I did not pay attention to Doug and my boat was unbalanced. It could have been that good ol’ Northwest Voyageur positive attitude or the fact that we had just met and were too polite to express our true feelings, but we plastered smiles on our faces and cheerfully proceeded up and down hills through the portage when we finally reached the lake. We unloaded our boats from the carts and then proceeded to fit all of our gear into our boats.

Click Here to Read the rest of Stephanie's fantastic Trip Report and see more wonderful pictures.




Trip Coordinators: Rob Renema and Mike Eaton

There are several decent sized but relatively unknown lakes perfect for a nice day paddle within an hour or so drive of Edmonton. Battle Lake is one of these, nestled a few kilometers southwest of the more popular Pigeon Lake. The name Battle Lake is a translation from Cree referring to conflicts between Cree and Blackfoot in the region of Battle River (Alta. Cult. Multicult. n.d.).  It is about 7km long and about 0.5 km wide with a maximum depth of 13m and runs basically Northwest to Southeast.  Being long, skinny, and being oriented the way it is, it can be prone to wind (stay tuned for more on that).

Trip Coordinator: Mike Eaton

This year the NWV endeavoured to put together some weekend river trips where car camping could be done.  This trip was the first of a few on the calendar for 2019. On this trip were canoeists Donna& Lisa, Don & Gene and Matthew& Alex, as well as kayakers Paul, Rob, Mike, Karyn, Stephanie, Harold, Denise and Arleen.

The group arrived throughout Friday afternoon and evening at the Starland Recreation Area located where Highway 27 crosses the Red Deer River.  The campground was centrally located being 23km downstream of the put-in and 30km upstream of the take-out. Not much was known about the site but on arrival, we found a large, well maintained campground.  The sites were nicely spaced with a few trees and we were able to camp well away from a large party having a combined stag/stagette.  Actually, they were very well behaved and we didn’t notice them at all.

Trip Coordinator: Mike Eaton

Conditions: Sunny 23degC, wind 15-20 km, Flow 8.7 m3/s, Level 1.5m

The forecast was for warm sunny weather.  As the 13 of us met at the put-in at the Riel Recreation Park in St. Albert, a brisk west wind picked up.  We weren't concerned for the conditions as it is a small river with plenty of places to stop, rest and get off if need be.Since the trip involved paddling downstream and now downwind with a return upstream and upwind, there was some apprehension.  However, the forecast was for the winds to diminish in the afternoon.  The group consisted of Gord and Donna in a tandem canoe and single kayakers Denise, Rob, Stephanie, Caitlin, Tom, Colleen, Richelle, Jean, Ron, Mike and Fred.

Trip Coordinator: Alan Stewart

Nine of us Northwest Voyageurs were able to escape the tyranny of  Mothers’ Day on a warm, sunny morning for this trip. We were: Melvyn Kadyk and Norma Ouellette, Gary Davidson and Isobel Lawson, Jeannette Gasser and Alan Stewart paired up in canoes. Gord Pennycook paddled his solo boat, and Karyn Murray and Patrick McCloskey were in kayaks. We must all have been super-enthusiastic as we were all early.

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