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PostPosted: December 16th, 2008, 9:19 am 
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Alberta Skeletons

CCR’s library at http://www.myccr.com/canoedb/browseroutes.htm presently offers 600 Routes.

Since the acquisition, we have installed links to 900 trip reports at other sites, 600 of these in the province/territory Route Forums and the remaining 300 in Special Route Compilations (links at http://www.myccr.com/places.htm ). We hope to add 500 more such links within a year, to bring the total to 2,000 Routes available with a few clicks.

With this post, CCR initiates the next step in its program to provide the paddling community with Route information, wherever it is located. This effort addresses as well the present imbalance (a result of CCR’s birth as Ontario Canoe Routes) in CCR’s coverage of Routes nationwide.

As suggested by erich and independently by jmc, CCR will provide digests, or skeletons, of Routes described in guide books. When the new Routes is up and running, the skeletons, as well as the links, will be incorporated into the Routes database, together with the traditional reports already there.

CCR has chosen to implement its skeleton initiative first for Alberta, first because CCR’s database (even with links) is weak for this province and second because there exists an excellent guide book for it.

CCR welcomes suggestions to provide skeletons for the other provinces and territories, for the moment excluding Ontario (which is already reasonably well served by Routes and links).

Mark Lund and CCR Inc have come to an agreement whereby CCR posts selected material from his Mark’s Guide for Alberta Paddlers (2007), available from Paddle Alberta http://www.paddlealberta.org//safety/pa ... tabase.asp .
Source web site: http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/index.htm
Source contact information: marklund(AT)shaw.ca

Copyright to the source material remains with Mark Lund.
Copyright to this presentation of selected source material is shared jointly by Mark Lund and CCR Inc.

These skeletons are intended to provide paddlers with enough information that they can decide whether to do further research on the Route; specifically, we provide the following:
Route name
Route description
Distance (maximum)
Duration
Route type
Comments
Link, if provided.

Please note: The classifications novice, intermediate and skilled used in the following are derived from Mark’s Paddler’s Self-Rating Guide:
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/paddl ... gguide.pdf .
In particular, novice does not mean unskilled or inexperienced; it means instead that the person has reached the novice skill level described by Mark.


Paddle Alberta region: Milk

Milk River:
Milk River (town) to Hwy 880
104 km
3 to 5 days, or day trips
Whitewater & tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Badlands scenery, hoodoos, pictographs, whitewater
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/milkriver.pdf


Paddle Alberta region: South Saskatchewan

Waterton Lakes:
25 km (round trip)
Less than 1 day to several days
Lake tripping for intermediate paddlers
Great mountain scenery and side hikes; wilderness camping

Belly River:
Hwy 6 to Hwy 880
30 km
Less than 1 day to 2 days
Whitewater river for skilled paddlers; dangerous at high flow rates. Scouting required; channels change
Great early-season whitewater; open, scenic vistas of mountains and ranch lands

Waterton River:
Waterton Lakes to bridge east of Twin Butte
28 km
1 day
Whitewater river for intermediate paddlers
Fun whitewater; views of mountains and prairies

Castle River:
Castle Falls to Hwy 3A.
35 km
Less than 1 day to 2 days
Whitewater river for skilled paddlers; reaches for intermediate paddlers
Day-trip playboating

Crowsnest River:
Bellevue-Hillcrest to the Oldman Reservoir
31 km
Less than 1 day to 2 days
Whitewater river for intermediate paddlers; log jams and sweepers possible
Foothills whitewater; great training and teaching runs

Oldman River, Reach #1:
Oldman River Campsite to Oldman River Reservoir
70 km
Less than 1 day to 3 days
Whitewater river for intermediate paddlers
Early-season whitewater; good scenery

Oldman River, Reach #2:
Fort Macleod, Lethbridge, Taber and Grand Forks (Bow River)
258 km
Less than 1 day to 7 days
Whitewater & tripping river for intermediate paddlers, at average and high levels; possibility of channel changes
Prairie vistas; easy paddling; spectacular bluffs; hawks, eagles, other wildlife
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/loweroldmanreport.pdf

South Saskatchewan River:
Grand Forks, Medicine Hat, Estuary (SK)
302 km
7 to 11 days
Easy multi-day tripping river except at higher levels
Classic Alberta prairie river paddle. Excellent wildlife viewing
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/south ... nriver.pdf

Highwood River, Reach #1:
Ings Creek to High River (town)
50 km
2 days, better as several part days
Whitewater river for skilled paddlers; possible sweepers in lower part
Whitewater and Alberta's foothills scenery

Highwood River, Reach #2:
Hwy 547 to Hwy 552
17 km
Up to 1 day
Whitewater river for intermediate paddlers; possibility of channel changes; some scouting required
Early-season paddling with good intermediate whitewater, near Calgary

Sheep River:
Sandy McNabb Campground to Turner Valley
25 km
1 day
Whitewater stream for skilled paddlers; lots of ledges, possibility of sweepers
Foothills paddling lower down

Elbow River:
Canyon Creek to Bragg Creek Townsite
21 km
1 long day; better as several part days
Whitewater river for skilled or intermediate paddlers, depending on reach
Great early-season whitewater

Kananaskis River:
Widowmaker to Seebe
10 km
Less than 1 day
Whitewater river for skilled or intermediate paddlers, depending on reach; scouting required
Finest human-enhanced whitewater in Alberta; spectacular scenery lower down

Banff and Yoho Park Lakes:
Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake
3 to 5 km each
Less than 1 day each
Novice lake paddling, risk of strong winds
Spectacular mountain scenery

Banff and Yoho Park Lakes:
Vermilion Lakes
5 km (one way)
Less than 1 day
Novice lake paddling
Wonderful mountain vistas, often good wildlife viewing

Banff and Yoho Park Lakes:
Lake Minnewanka
21 km
1 day
Novice lake paddling, risk of strong winds
Wilderness camping with great mountain scenery. Side trips possible; lots of hiking

Bow River, Reach #1:
Lake Louise to Banff
63 km
Less than 1 day to 3 days
Fast river with whitewater reaches for skilled and intermediate paddlers; log jams and sweepers
Mountain scenery; fun paddling in fast, clear water; great wildlife viewing

Bow River, Reach #2:
Banff to Canmore
28 km
Usually 1 day
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers, with log jams and sweepers
Good scenery, good wildlife viewing

Bow River, Reach #3:
Deadman's Flats, Exshaw, Seebe
21 km
Half day to 1 day
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers, with log jams; avoid at high flow rates
Great mountain scenery

Bow River, Reach #4:
Ghost Dam to Cochrane
22 km
Half day to 2 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers; just below power dam so flows fluctuate considerably
Fun and pleasant paddle through foothills scenery
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/bowgh ... chrane.pdf

Bow River, Reach #5:
Bowness Park to Fish Creek Dam
40 km
Half day to 1 day
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Another way to see Calgary, maybe the best; spots to play and practise

Bow River, Reach #6:
Calgary to Carseland Dam
52 km
Half day to 2 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Scenic prairie paddle on a modestly fast flowing stream
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/bowca ... seland.pdf

Red Deer River, Reach #1:
Ya Ha Tinda to below Coal Camp
76 km
Half day to 3 days
Whitewater river for skilled and intermediate paddlers; avoid upper reaches at high flow rates
Some of the finest, most accessible whitewater in Alberta; fun paddling, mountain scenery

Red Deer River, Reach #2:
Dickson Dam to Joffre Bridge
96 km
Half day to 4 days
Novice tripping river
Pleasant scenic paddling

Red Deer River, Reach #3:
Content Bridge to Drumheller
118 km
3 to 4 days
Novice tripping river
Scenic paddle; aspen parkland to prairies and badlands; wildlife viewing
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/conte ... deerv2.pdf

Red Deer River, Reach #4:
Drumheller to Dinosaur Provincial Park
145 km
4 to 6 days
Novice tripping river
Great badlands scenery, gentle river paddling
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/redde ... heller.pdf


Paddle Alberta region: North Saskatchewan

Battle River:
Fabyan to Riverdale Mini-Park
25 km
1 day
Novice tripping river
Pleasant spring paddle, open vistas

Astotin and Islet Lakes:
9 km; 7km
Day trips
Novice lake tripping
Sheltered paddling; birding in spring

North Saskatchewan River, Reach #1:
Ramparts Creek to Preacher's Point
52 km
2 days (or two 1-day paddles)
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers; portage required
Great mountain scenery, very pleasant river paddling

North Saskatchewan River, Reach #2:
Nordegg Bridge to Rocky Mountain House
106 km
3 to 4 days
Whitewater & tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Alberta's premier whitewater (season-long), long-weekend camping run

North Saskatchewan River, Reach #3:
Rocky Mountain House to Drayton Valley
133 km
2 to 3 days
Intermediate tripping river, but with log jams and sweepers
Good camping, modest whitewater; fur-trade history

North Saskatchewan River, Reach #4:
Drayton Valley to Devon
130 km
Half day to 5 days
Novice tripping river
Camping, semi-wilderness, pastoral scenery, good fishing. Wildlife
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/NSask ... oDevon.pdf

North Saskatchewan River, Reach #5:
Devon to Capilano Park, Edmonton
50 km
Half day to 2 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers at high flow rates, novice at low
Wonderful day trips, great vistas or river valley, city skyline
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/devon ... monton.pdf

North Saskatchewan River, Reach #6:
Edmonton to the SK border
330 km
6 to 10 days
Novice tripping river
Scenic pastoral vistas; good wildlife and birding opportunities; history
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/nsask ... undary.pdf

Sturgeon River:
Bon Accord to the North Saskatchewan River
33 km
Half-day to full-day trips
Tripping river. For intermediate paddlers at higher flow rates; otherwise novice paddlers with good leadership
Spring run. Pleasant boreal and parkland forest scenery; active bird life

Blackstone River:
Chungo Creek Road to Gas Plant Bridge
42 km
Half day to 2 days
Intermediate whitewater river at average to low flow rates
Good whitewater; spectacular foothills scenery

Brazeau River:
Forestry Trunk Road to Brazeau Dam
100 km
1 to 4 days
Whitewater river for skilled paddlers
Challenging whitewater


Paddle Alberta region: Athabasca

Pembina River:
Reno Road to Pembina River Provincial Park
38 km
1 to 2 days
Whitewater river for intermediate paddlers
Great teaching river

Lobstick River:
Hwy 22 to Pembina River Provincial Park
13 km
Half day to 1 day
Whitewater river for intermediate paddlers
Spring training runs

McLeod River, Reach #1:
Mercoal (Hwy 40) to McLeod River Recreation Area
37 km
1 to 2 days
Whitewater river for intermediate paddlers, but with log jams and sweepers
Fun little river; good whitewater and good fishing; great wilderness camping

McLeod River, Reach #2:
Embarras River (Hwy 47) to Peers (Hwy32)
101 km
3 to 4 days
Whitewater (up to III+) & tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Pleasant paddling in near-wilderness setting

Maligne Lake:
Public Dock to Coronet Creek
23 km
1 to 4 days
Intermediate lake paddling, possibility of strong winds
Spectacular mountain scenery and hiking; trout fishing; grand camping; abundant wildlife
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/malignelk.pdf

Athabasca River, Reach #1:
Athabasca Falls to Jasper
31 km
Half day to 1 day
Whitewater river for skilled to intermediate paddlers
Best open-canoe whitewater in the park; great mountain scenery

Athabasca River, Reach #2:
Jasper to Whitecourt
292 km
half day to 14 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Scenic day tripping; good wilderness tripping

Athabasca River, Reach #3:
Whitecourt to Fort Assiniboine
90 km
1 to 3 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Very pleasant river for canoe camping, fine wilderness vistas, plenty of wildlife
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/athab ... iboine.pdf

Athabasca River, Reach #4:
Athabasca to Fort McMurray
394 km
7 to 10 days; some 1-day trips
Tripping river for skilled paddlers; one novice reach
History, wilderness camping, whitewater

Jarvis Creek:
Jarvis Lake to Gregg Lake
13 km
Half day to 1 long day
Novice flatwater paddling; frequent, active beaver dams
Pleasant lake and creek paddling; scenic foothills vistas

Wildhay River:
Below Doctor Creek to Jarvis Creek
36 km
Half day to 2 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers, at most normal levels
One great whitewater run; learning runs for novices; fine scenic foothills tripping

Lakeland Provincial Park:
Jackson, Kinnaird & Blackett Lakes Circuit
42 km
1 day to 5 days
Novice flatwater paddling
Pleasant lake circuit, possibility of stiff breeze; good fishing

Sand River:
Hwy 55 to Beaver River (river)
22 km
1 to 2 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Modest amount of whitewater; many opportunities for wildlife viewing

Cold Lake:
102 km
3 to 5 days
Lake travel, but for skilled paddlers (rough waters)
Long sandy beaches, deep waters, fine lake-trout fishing, wilderness camping

Christina River:
Chard to Fort McMurray
209 km
4 to 7 days
Whitewater river for skilled paddlers
Whitewater, wilderness camping, lots of wildlife, flowers, birds

Clearwater River:
Warner Rapids (Hwy 955 bridge, SK) to Fort McMurray
216 km
7 to 10 days
Tripping river for skilled paddlers
History, extended wilderness tripping, whitewater and falls, scenery, wildlife


Paddle Alberta region: Peace/Slave

Smoky River:
Bezanson to Peace River (town)
194 km
2 to 6 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers, close to population centres
Big river, wildlife spotting opportunities; campsites can be muddy

Little Smoky River:
Guy (Hwy 49) to Watino (Hwy 49)
67 km
1 to 3 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers, close to population centres
Mostly wilderness, some farmland and cottages; good wildlife

Peace River, Reach #1:
Clayhurst Bridge to Peace River (town)
237 km
Half day to 7 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Wilderness canoe tripping, big valley scenery; history
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/peace ... eriver.pdf

Peace River, Reach #2:
Peace River (town) to Fort Vermilion
430 km
1 to 12 days
Tripping river for intermediate paddlers
Wilderness canoe tripping, big river; history



For good measure, Mark includes a river in BC and another in SK.

British Columbia, Columbia watershed
Kootenay River:
McLeod Meadows Campground to Canal Flats
100 km
Half day to 5 days
Tripping river for skilled and intermediate paddlers
Spectacular mountain scenery, serious whitewater, tufa springs, often great wildlife


Saskatchewan, Churchill watershed
Cold River:
Cold Lake to Pierce Lake, SK
15 km
Half day to 1 day
Whitewater river for intermediate paddlers
Great little whitewater run



Thanks to erich, jmc and Mark Lund.
Yours in paddling, Allan

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 Post subject: Re: Alberta Skeletons
PostPosted: December 17th, 2008, 11:58 pm 
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For more details on paddling in Northern Alberta visit
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Darin Zandee
drzandee@shaw.ca

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 Post subject: Re: Alberta Skeletons
PostPosted: September 26th, 2011, 10:58 pm 
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Hi Alan & All;

I have to apologize I've not made it into CCR for some time. I was just checking on the status of the Alberta Skeletons from MGFAP and I see that the links to those skeletons that are posted on my site may need updating (about 12 max)... as I re-posted a number of the reports in 2009 with corrections and additions.

I would also suggest that the skeletons note be forced to closer to the top of the forum... folks have to dig a ways down to find them.

I hope this helps,

Mark

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