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Canoe Trips & Courses

 
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2018 Courses and Guided Trips 
Here are our exciting plans for 2018:
 
Athabasca River Classic Canoe Trip
Various Dates Through Summer 2018

Description:  Paddle a canoe on the incredible Athabasca River near the Hamlet of Fort Assiniboine (1.5 hrs Northwest of Edmonton, AB). Make sure to bring a camera, as on this trip you will likely see an abundance of wildlife in some of Alberta's remote wilderness. Using a Canoe as your vehicle, stop and play on the beautiful cliffs and sand bars along the way.  In warm weather we may enjoy a swim at Walleye point and if time allows, we can top off the trip with a scenic visit to Historic Fort Assiniboine and enjoy a visit to the museum and largest wagon wheel and pick in the world.

  Sunset Canoeing on Thunder Lake (10 minutes drive West of Barrhead, AB)

Various Dates through 2018:  May 26,  June 16, 23, 30 July 21, 28 Aug 11 Sept 2, 15, 29

We meet at the Thunder Lake Boat Launch $15 per person Experience the serenity and beauty of the Sunset by Canoe on Thunder Lake. Weather permitting, we see the sunset and bright moon over the lake as we paddle our canoes along the shore at a leisurely pace.  If there are heavy overcast skies and rain, the event will be cancelled. Tandem canoes, paddles, PFD's and safety equipment will be provided.  We also have one large Voyageur canoe that will accommodate 8 paddlers.  Certified and experienced guides will lead the group and organize paddlers.  A waiver will need to be signed by all participants.

ADVANCED ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

MINIMUM AGE IS 15 Yrs.

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2018 Athabasca River Expedition

Bushcraft-Hunting-Canoeing


Date: Oct 4 – 8, 2018
Cost: $700 CDN (includes tax)


Bushcraft Skills, River Paddling, Hunting, Fishing, Traditional Camping


Inspired by the Fur Traders and Voyageurs of Canada’s wild rivers, and paired with wilderness living skills passed down by legendary survival instructor – Mors Kochanski.


Description:  Join our certified instructors for a week-long bushcraft and paddling skills course on the Athabasca River.  Combine essential river canoeing skills with traditional bushcraft skills to elevate your outdoor knowledge and experience to an exciting new level.  Experience Canada’s wilderness the way it was meant to be experienced – in a loaded canoe, hunting, fishing, and camping as we travel downriver learning and practicing timeless woodsman skills.


Back to Back course option: We have partnered with Dale and Colleen Kiselyk (Nature Alive) to be able to offer students a great opportunity to combine two courses back to back and save on travel costs. The Bushcraft River Expedition course is designed to run immediately after the Karamat 2018 Fall Wilderness Living Skills/Survival Course (however it is not mandatory to have taken the Karamat Course - You can just register for this trip).
Past graduates of the Karamat winter or summer course are encouraged to join us on the river expedition as we will be utilizing many of the skills learned at Karamat.


Learning Outcomes:
Paddle a traditional fur trade river while learning numerous paddling strokes and maneuvers that increase your river paddling competency and skill. Become knowledgeable on loading and outfitting a canoe for river tripping and increase your awareness of river hazards and potential problems you may experience on paddling trips.
Utilize bushcraft skills and equipment such as Roycraft pack frames, wool blankets, canvas and modern tarp shelters, knifes, axes, saws, and ropework. Experiment with various ways to pitch camp along the riverbank and at our backwoods camp on Cartright Sny.
Being that its hunting season, students will be able to be part of the harvesting of waterfowl, gamebirds, and some small animals. Fishing for pike, walleye, and whitefish will also be part of our activities and students with appropriate hunting and fishing licenses will be able to help provide food for the group. Non-residents will be able to assist in field dressing and preparing harvested animals and cooking meals over the fire.

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 Hunting Camp on Cartright Sny

Canoe Basic Skills Clinic - $40

2018 Courses TBA

Blue Ridge Recreational Area Ponds (near Whitecourt, AB) 

This fun and inspiring clinic will give you the skills to safely and confidently paddle tandem (two person canoe) boats on lakes and ponds for occasional recreational paddling.  Canoeing is often thought of as a simple, easy, and safe, however many novice paddlers quickly get into trouble when lacking the basic skills offered in this clinic. 


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Fox Creek Canoe Basic Skills Clinic - 2016

Canoe Basic Skills Clinic - $35

  2018 Courses TBA

Peanut Lake - 10 minutes South of Barrhead, AB

This fun and inspiring clinic will give you the skills to safely and confidently paddle tandem (two person canoe) boats on lakes and ponds for occasional recreational paddling.  Canoeing is often thought of as a simple, easy, and safe, however many novice paddlers quickly get into trouble when lacking the basic skills offered in this clinic. 


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Canoe Skills on the Athabasca River

Moving Water Canoe Skills Introduction Tandem $210

Postponed - new dates TBA

  2018    Athabasca River near Fort Assiniboine, AB


This 2 day course is for participants who want to make the transition from paddling on lakes to paddling on introductory class I rivers.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of moving water, boat control, and safety.  We will introduce the canoeist to many of the fundamental skills, knowledge, and manoeuvres of canoeing whitewater. The nature of class I rapids provide a friendly and safe environment to teach and learn the fundamentals of canoeing Moving Water before venturing into larger whitewater situations.

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