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Old 06-18-2010   #1
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How is Calgary for Boating?

My wife grew up in Calgary and wants to move back. I wanted to see if anyone had any beta on the boating there. Thanks for any input.

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Old 06-18-2010   #2
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I drove through once while living in Montana. The Kananaskas River about an hour west of town near Canmore, AB was a great play park like run (3 miles, I think) with scheduled dam releases on a weekly basis. It's all man-made features developed to train the Canadian Olympic kayak team . The Kicking Horse River (class III and possibly IV) (major Columbia River tributary) is just across the pass near Golden, BC (>2 hours). Don't know much else. Hope this helps.

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Old 06-18-2010   #3
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I remember reading about Calgary boating a long time ago in Paddler or some magazine. It sounded like they had awesome boating. Good play (santa klaus i think is what they called it) then some good 3/4 rivers and V creeks right outside. You are pretty close to Glacier so I imagine some good stuff around there. Sorry I am not more specific, I read that stuff years ago.
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Old 06-18-2010   #4
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Contact these guys Aquabatics Calgary they will have beta on all the rivers. I live in BC and have paddled in the Calgary area. Lots of great stuff and the Kananaskis play park is awesome.
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Old 06-18-2010   #5
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Lots of good boating around Calgary. I moved up here from Denver a couple years ago. The Kananaskis (about 45 min from town) is good for play (scheduled flows every day so you can boat year round if you can tolerate the cold). Brierlies on the North Saskatchewan (about 1.5 hrs) and S-bend on the Red Deer are also really good play spots. Lots of good creeking too. We're also close to lots tons on good boating in BC and Idaho. The whitewater park in town is scheduled to be completed next year (maybe) so once that's done we should have sweet playboating right in town. Check out for some info about the local runs.
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