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PostPosted: December 12th, 2020, 7:08 pm 
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Some friends and I are starting to spitball route ideas for next summer. Because of work one friend is only available in September. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for trip routes that still have high enough water in September. We're based out of Southern Alberta and BC and looking for something that'd driveable in a day or two. We're looking for class 2-3 water and maybe 8-14 days on the water.

I haven't really looked at maps myself yet but figure this is a good place to start for ideas.


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PostPosted: March 8th, 2021, 12:14 pm 
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I'd strongly recommend getting: MARK'S GUIDE FOR ALBERTA PADDLERS. It contains a wealth of information on everything from rapid ratings, maps, campsites, recommended water levels, etc. I use it in combination with this site:

https://rivers.alberta.ca

Where you can monitor current and recent river levels and look at average levels for specific time periods.

I'll leave actual recommendations to other, more experienced, trippers.


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PostPosted: March 8th, 2021, 7:18 pm 
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North Saskatchewan - you could start in the National Parks and Canoe to Edmonton or any number of access points before or after. The river has a portage in the Park and another around the dam on Abraham Lake but other than that you should be able to run the rapids. Parts of it are wilderness but parts are not.
The Churchill River - lots of options but it is often more lake than river.
Perhaps the Athabasca or the Peace?
I second getting Mark's book.


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PostPosted: March 8th, 2021, 7:22 pm 
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Thompson in BC?

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