"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees." Karle Wilson Baker

Canoe Trips & Courses

 
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2017 Courses and Guided Trips 
The 2017 Canoeing season is sure to be INCREDIBLE as people all across Canada will be celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday, and we at Nature Alive plan to be in the front row seat with our courses and trips. 
Here are our exciting plans for 2017:
 

 

Canoe Basic Skills Clinic - $40

Wednesday May 10, 2017    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

And offered again Wednesday May 31, 2017   6:00 pm to 9:00pm 

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

Wednesday May 24, 2017    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

And offered again Wednesday June 14, 2017   6:00 pm to 9:00pm 

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  2017  

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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Athabasca River Classic Canoe Trip
Various Dates Through Summer 2017

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.

Athabasca River Paddle and Wilderness Adventure 2017

July 30 to August 5, 2017

($150.00 Deposit. $950 due upon attending course)

Location:

We will stay at our base camp located on top of the spectacular sand hill cliffs overlooking the Athabasca River for the duration of the course.  Stunning scenery, and an amazing mixed wood forest is our backdrop and also the home of numerous animal species including Black Bear, Deer, Moose, Wolf, Lynx, and a host of small mammals.  

Course Overview:

Two and half days will focus on learning river paddling skills and four days will be focussed on bushcraft/survival skills with an opportunity for  an overnight survival campout deep in the nearby forest.

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2017 Fall Bushcraft River Expedition Course


Date: Oct 2 – 7, 2017


Cost: $1050 CDN (includes tax) approximately $800 USD


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 2017 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