Our club has cancelled all trips until Covid restrictions are significantly lifted.
In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Canoe Kayak Canada and the Alberta Whitewater Association (and Paddle Alberta of which our club is a member) continue to ask the paddling community to respect the Government’s direction to carefully follow physical distancing practices and to respect the directives and regulations of Alberta Health Services and governments at every level.
We will continue to monitor provincial and municipal guidance on when we may be able to start holding trips. Please check back for updates. We hope to see you on the water soon.
Physical distancing while on the water is possible. It is the vehicle shuttles that presents the problem. Only people from the same household can be in the vehicle. Since we only paddle rivers and shuttles are required at each end of the trip we are not able to have river trips.
Note: The 2019 trip schedule and lesson info is now available. Videos of club trips can be viewed in YouTube, just search "Harvey Biehn". In the next list click on "Channel" in "Harvey Biehn". In my channel site click on "videos". As of Feb. 23, 2015 there are six videos there. This almost free website does not support videos. More videos and photos are on our FaceBook group, just open FaceBook and ask to join the Grande Prairie Canoe Club group.
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 a club trip 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.
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 and a 16 foot Mattawa kevlar canoe, which along with 3 paddles and 2 PFD's (personal flotation devices), are available for rent at a reasonable fee ($30 for a weekend) for club trips only. For more information go to the "Contact us" tab and send us an email.