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Does anyone know anything about kayaking around Calgary. Right now I'm stuck in Houstin, TX of all god awful places. I'll be here for a year but have the opportunity to go to Calgary next year. Any information would be helpful. I'm a IV+ boater looking to step it up, maybe get into some expedition kayaking.
 

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Are you talking about Calgary, TX, or Calgary, Alberta?

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Calgary, Alberta
 

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There's lots of great stuff in BC (as you probably already know) and some classic runs in Northern Montana. Ontario and Quebec are too far for day trips but doable for long weekends and both have some of the best paddling in the world. Sorry but I don't really know much about the Alberta/Saskatchewan area. Hopefully someone else will chime in with some more useful info.

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Check out the Kicking Horse Drainage. Tons of awesome paddling and you can go as big as you want to go with water all season. Yolo Creek is sick. It's all to the west near Banf out of Calgary....
 

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There is some paddling further west in Ontario that isn't quite as far. I don't seem to remember thinking it was that far but it was a while ago. Sorry if I was a little misleading.

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There's ton's of kayaking west of Calgary, 1 hr from the Rocky mountains, Stuart Smith has a two books, 250 different runs in the Rocky Mountains, here's his website http://headwaterspress.com/.

Ontario IS approx 2000 miles away.

British Columbia is a stones throw away and has thousands of different runs within 2-12 hr drive.
Aquabatics is a Local kayak store in Calgary I think their website is aquabatics.com.

Hope this helps,
Razzle
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Razzle,

Any ideas on which drainages a few Colorado Creek boaters should hit within the next 3 weeks? There seems to be a pretty big void in BC creeking beta... any good areas to meet up with other creekers in BC?? We're leaving Friday headed for the border... we're jonesin for BC goods!

thanks,

Bryan Owen
 

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I think Kayak magazine spring addition had a story on Calagary area paddling. The Kananaskis (dam control play run), Elbow, and Bow river are all proximate, plus much more in the area. Most of it sounded incredible and covered the gamot in skill levels. This site has alot of info:

http://www.horizon.ab.ca/ace/StreamTeam.html
 

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squamish area

the squamish area is prime for the next several weeks. I hear Callaghan is in at a great flow right now, IV-V run with a super clean 25-footer.

Ahslu is a bit high yet I think, but it and the Elaho should be in soon. Cheakamus and Cal-cheak runs are good right now. There's the hair creeking, hit up locals for more beta.

Careful with beta there -- BC IV makes "Idaho V" look mellow. Get a feel for the ratings before you drop in.

there are some good sites with limited beta ... here's a couple:
http://www.bc-ww.com/
http://www.kayakwest.com/
http://www.whitewater.org/
http://paddleguides.com/rivers/bc/
 

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Hey Bryan,

I guess were to busy kayaking to get any beta!
Whistler/Squamish is an area you want to hit, last weekend Callaghan was very low, we didn't run it. Everything is lower this year we had a great snow pack but July was pretty hot. Most river(glacier fed) in Whistler come up again with hot weather. Slickhorn has link to some rivers in the area.
The Ashlu festival is August 24-27, here's the website http://www.whitewater.org/squish/ashlu/ashlu_festival_2006.htm
If you talk to raft guides(some are kayakers) in Whistler and Squamish they'll point you in the right direction.
You can do a mutliday fly-in trip to the Stein(Whistler Air) or you can hike into the North Stein if you don't want to pay for the flight here's some beta
http://www.rapidmedia.com/external/read_rapid_back_issues.php
http://bckayaker.blogspot.com/
Here's another website with some beta of the area
http://therangelife.blogspot.com/
Hope this helps,
Razzle
 

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Anybody know when the stuff around Thunder Bay runs?Those creeks coming off the Canadian Shield/N. Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota and Western Ontario sound like a cool destination for paddling. Is that what you are talkin' bout Count,a lot closer but still far,Canada's a big bastard{major understatement}
 

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Yeah, that was some of the stuff I was thinking of. Canada definately is a big MF; there's a huge difference between western CA and the Ottawa (a.k.a. heaven) forming the eastern border. Most of the paddling I've done out there is between central ON and central QB; I'd like to get on some of that stuff further out west. I'm definately interested in any beta people have to give about the rivers between central ON and eastern BC.

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