Note: the lesson and trip tabs have been updated for 2013.
The Grande Prairie Canoe Club promotes safe, recreational canoeing and kayaking on mainly wilderness rivers in the Peace country in an environmentally friendly manner. We offer fabulous weekend canoe camping trips (where we camp in the wilderness) through some of the most scenic country in Alberta. There are also several single day trips close to home. These trips are not guided and no one is paid a fee. Club members co-ordinate these trips.
You are welcome to paddle with us if you like: exploring the wilderness on multi-day weekend trips by canoe or kayak, wilderness camping and cooking meals over the open campfire, spotting wildlife while cruising down the river (we've seen wolves, bear, moose, elk, deer, coyotes, foxes, beaver, river otters and less common birds like eagles, ospreys, blue herons and sparrow hawks), the dancing flames of a riproaring campfire on a wilderness riverbank, and testing your paddling skills on thrilling whitewater. There are also relaxing trips where you can enjoy the solitude of our natural world.
Non-members are welcome on club trips for which they have suitable paddling skills. You are required to purchase a club membership to go on succeeding trips.
If you are single be assured that we have many other single members who are looking for a paddling partner and we will pair you up for our trips.
Our club also offers newsletters with detailed trip reports and color photos and more paddling info and an annual potluck supper and HD videos of club trips and a roast of brain cramped paddlers.
RIVERS AND LAKES PADDLED IN RECENT YEARS.
BENEFITS OF PADDLING WITH THE GRANDE PRAIRIE CANOE CLUB:
- being with a trip leader who is familiar with the river, knows where the best campsites are, and will advise of upcoming rapids, logjams, sweepers and other hazards,
- a wide variety of scheduled single day and weekend trips for all paddling skill levels,
- enough vehicles to shuttle everyone between the put-in and the take-out,
- lots of help to rescue you and your canoe in case of capsizing, and
- experienced paddlers and wilderness campers to learn from.
The Grande Prairie Canoe Club owns a 16 foot Mad River plastic canoe, which along with 3 paddles and 2 PFD's (personal flotation devices), is available for rent at a reasonable fee ($25 for a weekend) for club trips only. Several members own 2 canoes and will rent out a spare one. For more information go to the "Contact us" tab and send us an email.