Learn to Canoe and enjoy a spectacular two-day getaway into the Canadian Rockies and foothills. Accommodations include two nights at the beautiful and historic Old Entrance Guest Ranch Bed and Breakfast.
The first day is spent learning the basics of canoeing on one of the beautifully tucked away lakes in William Switzer Provincial Park, day two encompasses a day spent in Jasper National Park canoeing down the scenic Athabasca River. In the evening you will enjoy the rustic and wonderful atmosphere of a large camp fire and of course a traditional B.B.Q.
Arrival at the Old Entrance Guest Ranch 16 km North West of Hinton, AB and 300 km from Edmonton. (Directions are provided and transportation can be arranged upon request). Meet your guide(s) and other members of the group. Once you arrive enjoy a welcoming dinner overlooking the Mountains and take pleasure in an evening by the Campfire. We outline and plan the upcoming events for the next two days.
After enjoying breakfast at the Old Entrance Bed ’n Breakfast, we pack for the day and head out to one of the lakes in William A. Switzer Provincial Park. Your guide will introduce you to the basic skills of canoeing and you can enjoy the serenity of a wonderful day on the lake. After lunch, you may have the possibility to maneuver your way up Jarvis creek where there is always a chance to spot beavers, deer, and the occasional moose.
In the evening return to the ranch and, take an evening trail ride or a leisurely walk along the banks of the Athabasca River. Enjoy an outdoor cooked meal by the camp fire and take in the events of the day.
After breakfast, we pack up and head straight into the mountains of Jasper National Park. At the put-in spot on the Athabasca River your guide will give you some additional instructions on maneuvering the river. Enjoy the day paddling the scenic upper Athabasca River in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Take out is late afternoon, load up all the gear and head back home for the evening.
A great time in the outdoors and the rustic atmosphere of an evening bonfire
All necessary group and camping equipment: Tents, canoes, Paddles, Lifejackets, etc. (This excludes personal gear such as clothing, and sleeping bag)
An unbeatable experience in one of the most scenic areas of the Canadian Rockies
Introduction to river and lake canoeing
Lunch and Dinner (Dinner consisting of B.B.Q and all the trimmings around a camp fire
Two nights accommodation and breakfast at the historic Old Entrance Ranch
Two nights camping at the historic Old Entrance Guest Ranch
What is not included:
Expenses incurred as a result of an emergency Evacuation by plane or Helicopter or coverage as a result of delays due to extreme weather conditions.
Personal outdoor equipment including sleeping bad, sleeping mattress, cloths raingear, etc. Click ’show’ beside Personal Gear to view a list of suggested personal gear and equipment.
Personal gear to bring:
Weather conditions can change quickly in the outdoors therefore it is essential to have proper equipment and even prepare for extreme conditions to ensure your comfort and most importantly your safety. Try to avoid cotton fabrics as they provide very little insulating value when wet and are very slow drying. Rely mainly on fleece, wools and synthetics as these fabrics still provide substantial insulating value even when wet (which can frequently occur in the outdoors). In early and late summer it is not uncommon that 0 degress C or below freezing temperatures can occasionally occur, thus it is important to always bring enough warm clothing. When selecting equipment pay attention to quality as this may greatly enhance your enjoyment and comfort. Do not bring external frame backpacks.
-Good sleeping bag (minimum comfort range to 0 degrees C)
-Thermarest sleeping mattress
-2 long shirts
-Fleece jacket / wool pullover
-Gloves or mitts
-Hat (for protection from the sun)
-Long pants (quick drying)
-Rain gear (water proof Jacket and pants Gore-Tex or equivalent)
-Several pairs of socks (quick dry)
-Several pairs of t-shirts
-Shorts (quick drying)
-Two pairs of shoes (one sturdy pair for evening/hiking and one pair of runners that can get wet during the day in a raft/canoe)