from the Wild Harmony website:
Within an hour's drive of Winnipeg, when water levels are just right, this pristine river offers whitewater canoeing that is second to none in Southern Manitoba and offers up the most fun you can have in a canoe. The river flows between high sandy cliffs occupied by thousands of swallows. The upper half of this route has about three to five Class I rapids per kilometer of travel, as well as the occasional Class II, so scouting is possible. It provides excellent teaching possibilities and we will show you some paddling techniques to keep you on course and upright. There is also the Senkiw suspension bridge to stretch your legs.
The lower half of the route will challenge your manoeuvering skills on the seemingly endless rapids that follow one another for 20 or 30 minutes. It is strictly glance and go, and you are bound to bump a rock or two as you try to negotiate between them. Fortunately, the canoes are built to take the rough stuff with only minor dents and scratches.
A couple of kilometres before the takeout point, the cliffs disappear from view, the topography levels out, and the current slows, providing a welcome cool down for your tired paddling muscles.
TRIP DETAILS :
Duration : approximately 6 hours Rating : paddlers with considerable experience Water Conditions : swift water with 50 or 60 Class I and II rapids, no portages Scenic Attractions : high sandy cliffs, suspension bridge, endless rapids
This is a more challenging river than we normally do, so not suitable for novice paddlers. Numbers on this trip may be limited by the number of experienced stern paddlers available. This is unusual but for this group, but for this outing even a yes RSVP does not guarantee participation because for less experienced paddlers Adrian will want to be comfortable that each canoe has the proper pairing of paddlers. We will place experienced stern paddlers with less experienced bow paddlers so that is why it is crucial for Adrian to know your experience level.
The trip is with Adrian of Wild Harmony and as usual there is a $40 per person fee if you are using Adrian's gear (canoe, pfd, paddle etc) or a $20 per person fee if you bring your own gear. The payments are to Wild Harmony at river entry. There is no fee to meetup. Please ensure that you have contacted Adrian before the trip to provide your full name (for the liability waiver) and a brief description of your paddling experience.
Please let me know if you are bringing your own canoe or kayak and if canoe whether you have room for another paddler. If you are bringing your own kayak you should be comfortable about your skill level. Not all types of canoe are suitable for this trip so if you want to bring a canoe please discuss with Adrian.
You should bring your own water, lunch, appropriate clothing, a change of clothes in a dry bag or multiple plastic bags in case you get wet. Old running shoes are good footwear for getting wet and muddy while getting into shore. It is a very good idea to put electronics such as cellphone and electronic car keys in a special dry bag if you plan on bringing them out on the water.
We will try to arrange some carpooling if you let us know that you are interested in that.
Please feel free to call or text Adrian on[masked] to discuss paddle details.