Paddling the Battle

Our new kayak’s maiden voyage on Sedgewick Lake yesterday afternoon just whetted our appetite for a longer paddle today. The Battle River, a tributary of the North Saskatchewan, meanders its way across central Alberta and western Saskatchewan. We headed for Burma Park, a small campground on the river about a 40 minute drive from here. The park itself is located on the south side of the river where the bank is too steep and unstable to access the water, but we found a perfect spot just across the river on the north side.

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We spent an hour paddling upstream enjoying the beautiful sunshine and the breeze which kept the mosquitos away. The only sound was our paddles in the water and an occasional bird call. Paddling steadily against the river’s flow, I was very thankful for the weights I lifted all winter!

When we decided it was time to turn back, we lifted our paddles out of the water, leaned back and let the river carry us for ten minutes while we enjoyed a snack and simply enjoyed the solitude. After that it was only fifteen minutes of easy paddling before the vehicle came into sight again.

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Though much of our kayaking will probably be done further from home when we’re on holiday, I also foresee many more hours paddling the Battle in our future.

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5 thoughts on “Paddling the Battle

  1. One of my favourite activities is kayaking. I especially enjoy doing the “work” first an drift home like you did. Great day. That looks like a lovely river to paddle. Nice and wide.

    • Yes, it made sense to me to start with the heavy work! The river is very full right now. We’ve had a wet spring, though not the flooding that many parts of the country have experienced.

      • Our water levels here in Ontario are quite high, but the level in the lake our trailer is on just went down because the canal system just opened and they can control the levels at the locks.

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