Mountain River Canoe AdventureGuided canoe tour with wilderness camping on the Athabasca River in Alberta, Canada
Tour K5, 5 daysFun, thrills and action on this guided canoe trip in open Canadian canoes. You learn to "read" the water and practice minimum impact wilderness camping. A day of training on quiet water prepares you for the run down the mighty Athabasca River. No experience is necessary for the canoe tour. Paddler Skill of this stretch of the river is classified as "Novice Open Canadian", but the current, some rapids, gravel bars and overhanging trees demand constant vigilance. Experienced canoeists find plenty of challenge in this wilderness setting.There are no towns, no houses along the route, just the wide river, islands and forests. A truly Canadian adventure for first time and experienced paddlers.
What's Included:Transportation from and to Edmonton, 4 nights accommodation in 2-pers. tents, welcome gift, all meals from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5, eating utensils, all camping equipment (except sleeping bag), hard-foam mattress, camping fees, 2-pers. canoes, paddles, life vest, canoe bags in various sizes, canoe instructions.
Not included:Alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, sleeping bag and Thermarest mattress.
ExtrasHotel near West Edmonton Mall before or after the tour $120.00
single or twin, including breakfast.
Demands:These guided canoe trips with wilderness camping are suitable for beginners. International classification of difficulty (1 is lowest, 5 is highest) rates this stretch of the Athabasca River as Class I overall with several Class I and II rapids & one Class III rapid. The river is wide enough so that larger waves can be avoided.
Minimum age: 12 years, accompanied by an adult
Meeting time: 8:00 am at our hotel in Edmonton, or 11:00 am in Hinton
Tour DetailsDay 1: EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA
You meet your guide early in the morning in Edmonton. An alternate pick up point is in the town of Hinton (near Jasper). After a 3-hour drive towards the west you pitch your tent by a lake and get ready for the canoe training. You learn the basic paddle strokes, emergency procedures and signals. You receive advice regarding camping in the wilderness, personal equipment and work sharing of the crews. Tomorrow, on the river, training will continue. The safety and comfort of the participants are the primary concerns of the guide. Tonight’s dinner is steak from the grill.
Days 2 to 4: ON THE RIVER
Not needed luggage stays safely with the bus. For the next three nights you pitch your tent on sandy islands or comfortable spots along the shore. Your paddling speed depends a lot on the water level. The glacier fed Athabasca River is full of power in the early season, clear and quiet in the fall when the glaciers in the mountains stop melting. The forested river valley is uninhabited. You have excellent chances to spot wild geese, beavers, eagles, elk, bear and moose. Five or six hours daily are spent on the river, at times leisurely drifting downstream, alert to the next rapid or obstacle. Sometimes you might have to drag the boat over shallow spots. There is time for swimming, exploring, fishing and big campfires under the northern lights.
It is actually easy and satisfying to keep a clean camp. Minimum impact means that your group spends an afternoon and the night camping, cooking and playing on some island, not "improving" nature in any way, leaving no trace but footprints in the sand - which the next rain washes away.
Day 5: EDMONTON
This afternoon you come to the end of your 160 km (100 mi) canoe trip. The bus with the luggage you left behind is already waiting near the town of Whitecourt, the first human settlement since the start of your tour. Time for a celebration. You are back in Edmonton by evening.
This is a wilderness canoe tour. The guide carries a satellite phone but once started it is difficult to interrupt the trip and is only attempted in cases of emergency. Minimum age is 12 years for children accompanied by an adult who is prepared to paddle with the child.
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