Trip Coordinator: Paul Bird
We assembled at the Boat Launch at Laurier Park. We were: 3 canoes, single, tandem and family: Gord, Melvyn and Norma, Andrea, Marcel, Rene, Elise and Sorrel. We also had 7 single kayaks: Kay, Margret, Chris, Wes, Denise, Cathy and Paul. The ages ranged from below ten years up to the early seventies. After the shuttle down to the take out, Cathy and Wes drove the drivers back to the put in.
We launched with the North Saskatchewan River running at a flow rate of 233 to 220 cm/s. The forecast high was 25 C with a light, cooling, refreshing breeze. We were soon down at Emily Murphy Park where we landed to take lunch.
A couple of gold panners and their dogs met us, and helped us land on the small beach. We enjoyed a welcome lunch stop near the Groat Bridge adjacent to the old boat launch. We launched once again with the help of the gold prospectors (many thanks). This was a very relaxing paddle with the usual sight-seeing of the city’s skyline. We saw the newish 105th Street (Walterdale Bridge), Rossdale Water treatment Plant, the magnificent Hotel Macdonald, the Convention Centre and, of course, the Edmonton Queen paddle boat. A few of us saw a beaver swim by. During some portions of this trip you wouldn’t know you were in a major Canadian city.
At the 50th Street take out some paddlers landed close to the bridge on the mud beach, while others landed below the concrete boat launch. This area has been renovated with large rocks to restrict vehicle access close to the beaches.
The trip took about 2.5 hours of paddling and we covered a total distance of 16.3 km. An enjoyable, early season, easy paddle.