paddling # 2 on the Seine River - canoe or kayak

  • May 19, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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I am checking to see if there is interest in a paddle on the Seine again on this coming Monday (Victoria Day) – can interested people let me know? With Adrian and Wild Harmony again so same deal as the past outing.  I had posted this on the page with the last canoe outing, but then realized that other members might not follow comments on that page because the event had already happened.

Also for Sunday June 1 if there is interest we might paddle any one of Pinawa Channel, Upper Coca Cola Falls or Otter Falls - again please let me know if an outing that day would be of interest to you. With Adrian and Wild Harmony again.

To repeat some information posted for the first canoe outing, each paddle is a day trip organized by Wild Harmony Canoe Adventures (http://www.wildharmony.ca/).  For the Seine trip, we will meet in south St. Vital on Monday at 10  at a place to be specified.   All gear such as canoe, life jacket, paddle etc will be provided by Wild Harmony.  You would need to bring your own water for the day, your lunch, sunscreen, hat, camera (if desired) and I suggest an extra set of clothes in a dry bag or several plastic bags in case you get wet (you will be in a canoe and every once in a while people do dump).  The Seine is shallow and we will be running with the current which makes paddling easier but there are lots of twists and turns so you will get a chance to get some exercise.  For footwear I suggest old running shoes as we may be entering on a muddy river bank and sometimes you have to step out and pull the canoe over a small beaver dam.  The Seine is a real treat - we may see nesting geese, Western painted turtles sunning on the rocks, deer and various birds.  We will end up in St. Boniface and will have vehicles on both ends to avoid having to paddle back upstream.  We would try to match experienced stern paddlers with novice or less experienced bow paddlers.  Normally the part on the water ends around 3 or 4 pm (we may do a different part of the river or a longer stretch than the first trip) and we could go out for drinks or food after if people want.  The cost to Wild Harmony is $40 per person which gets you the canoe and gear for the day and Adrian is a licensed guide and organizer.  If you want to bring your own kayak or canoe the cost to join in is $20 per person - that pays Adrian for guiding and organizing.  Payment is in cash to Wild Harmony at the start of the trip.  There is no meet-up fee for this. 

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  • Gord

    We put in quite close to the Perimeter Hwy on Ste Anne's and paddled past the Niakwa Golf course. Being seriously geographically challenged I have no idea of street names but maybe someone else can help us here.

    May 19, 2014

    • Pamela M.

      We turned off St. Anne's onto Creek Bend and we came out at the bridge at middle of Niakwa Road.

      1 · May 19, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    Loved it - including the rain.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Hilmi

    It sounds like you guys had a good time. Thanks to Gord and Adrian. Today Bemidji was rainy, windy, white caps in the lake. It was a good day to shop and study. Great bike trails around here 150 mile long, my second time here. Regards

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Lorraine

    Interesting to Google our winding route but can't find where we put in. Gord, please post the spot, the cross streets. I was in the back of Adrian's truck on the way and couldn't see exactly. Thanks again to both!

    May 19, 2014

  • Lorraine

    A great time regardless of the rain. Wouldn't have missed it. Same place, time next year? Will be joining Adrian again. Thanks Gord for organizing!

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Gord

    Stephen is uninformed and his comments inappropriate.
    The canoes are not metal, they are ABS plastic. Environment Canada has no lightning in the forecast this morning. The Seine is a very narrow river. If there was by any chance lightning nearby we would take shelter away from the river and wait for it to pass.

    May 19, 2014

    • Gord

      Stephen explained that his meaning was that he was intending to bring his own metal canoe and the forecast at 1 am when he posted did call for lightning. Apology accepted.

      1 · May 19, 2014

  • Gord

    So from my last message I should also confirm that the trip is still going ahead and I will see the paddlers at 10 as scheduled.

    May 19, 2014

  • Khalilove

    There's still a spot?

    May 18, 2014

  • Glenn J.

    I am having company at my place sorry I canot come but I will make the next one for sure

    May 18, 2014

  • Gord

    2 · May 18, 2014

  • Catherine

    Can't make it tomorrow, but next time the group goes bicycling - I'm in!

    May 18, 2014

  • vi

    i had to change due coming down with something the weather will not help . hope you all have fun I look forward to seeing the photos.

    May 17, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    Great info on how the day goes. WHere is the endpoint so I will get picked up by the vehicle that is dropping me off at Fermor and Ste. Annes.

    1 · May 17, 2014

    • Gord

      Hi Pamela as I just posted in reply to Laura that is normally decided on the morning of the paddle. Please note that the place where we put into the water is a short drive from the meeting point because we move vehicles to start and end point to be able to ferry back. For your pick-up vehicle, it might be best to coordinate with Adrian (I sent an email earlier with all his contact details). As you will have your own kayak and separate vehicle you could go straight to the entry point and meet us there and be picked up at a point of your choosing along the way depending on how ambitious you feel. Of course we would prefer that you not go further than the group as that would be without guide and backup.

      May 17, 2014

  • vi

    I was wondering where is the meet up iam new to this group.

    May 16, 2014

    • Gord

      I sent an email message to the new sign-ups. Welcome to the paddlers.

      May 16, 2014

  • Wendy

    I'm definitely interested in paddling but not free this Monday. I will stay tuned.

    May 15, 2014

  • Gord

    May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still too cold for me to be dumped in the river.

    May 14, 2014

    • Gord

      everyone stayed dry last weekend but there is always that chance. at least the seine is shallow.

      May 14, 2014

  • Gord

    With Pamela bringing her own kayak, that means one extra spot in a canoe so right now there are 3 spots available as opposed to the 2 shown. Between my tech limitations and those of the site it seems like lots of explanation is needed!

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Karyn

    I am in to June 1. Thanks Gord for being such a great leader and organizer - you rock . Am going to have to wait and see on Monday- not sure I have it off and don't want to be a no show- hopefully will know before spots fill!

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    Hi, I will bring my own kayak and gear to this one.

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Lorraine

    Thanks Gord. I'll save the kayak rental for the future and will canoe. Thanks for including where to meet. See you all.

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Gord

    Lorraine I was too brief - you would need to bring your own kayak but canoes are supplied by Adrian together with paddles, lifejackets and other gear in the canoe.

    May 13, 2014

  • Gord

    Hi Lorraine - Adrian only has canoes so you would need to bring your own. I could inquire as to where you might rent one but then you would have to pick it up and bring it.

    Hi Laura - we will meet at the Salisbury House parking lot at Fermor and Ste Anne's. We would paddle rain or shine and Adrian needs to know the night before to bring the right number of canoes. I am going to increase the total number of openings to 13 because I just checked with Adrian and he has space that day. Only so many canoes fit on the trailer. No problems with extras if you supply your own canoe or kayak.

    May 13, 2014

  • Lorraine

    I'm assuming the kayaking is only if you provide your own. If that's not the case and had a choice, a kayak would be my preference if Wild Harmony has them avaiable.

    May 13, 2014

  • Lorraine

    Hi Gord. The kayak in my profile pic is not mine but a rental at Steep Rock so I would be taking a canoe spot. Thanks, Lorraine

    May 13, 2014

  • Gord

    Yes 10 AM on Monday.

    May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it on Monday. We are spending the weekend redoing parts of our new property outside with soil, landscaping rock and plants. Have fun!

    May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested in going on June 1. Keep me posted please!

    May 12, 2014

  • Eileen M.

    Hi Gord - I would be interested in doing the june 1 outing as I will be at Lac du Bonnet already - let me know details! Please!

    May 12, 2014

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