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A Canada Canoe Trip for Something Other Than Ordinary

Aug 9, 2008
The next time you are looking for a vacation that is a little bit out of the ordinary trip to some theme park, consider a Canada canoe trip. A canoe trip will give you the opportunity to connect with the outdoors and really get away from it all.

But why Canada for a canoe trip? To start with, Canada has some of the largest federally protected national reserves, providing you with trips amidst wilderness that has remained untouched by modern technology.

Secondly, with amazing rivers like the famed Nahanni, you'd be hard pressed to find more beautiful or varied river to canoe down.

South Nahanni River

The South Nahanni River sit within the Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories of Canada. It originates on the slopes of the Mackenzie Mountains at an elevation of a little over 5,000 feet. Flowing southward for six miles, it then turns eastward and continues through the Selwyn Mountains.

Along the way, you'll experience whitewater rapids, high cliff walls, and open wilderness with wildlife that you won't get to see anywhere else. Different sections of the Nahanni provide a challenge for different levels of expertise.

Campgrounds also give you the opportunity to stay a night or two as you make your way down the river.

Bloodvein River

The Bloodvein River offers crystal clear waters in Manitoba that drain into Lake Winnipeg. During the summer, the water is warm enough to swim in, and many locals take advantage of that fact. The Bloodvein was used by Native Americans for centuries. Original petroglyphs and paintings can be found along some of the shoreline cliffs.

The wilderness area here has also been protected and retains its natural beauty with no developments nearby. Although part of the river was used as an old trade and settlement route, once you get away from these, the river has remained largely untouched.

Over 100 miles of warm waters offer up some great paddling along with scenic campsites.

Pigeon River

Pigeon River, located mainly along the America/Canada border between Minnesota and Ontario, flows 50 miles draining into Lake Superior. It's known as one of Canad's best whitewater rivers with rapids ranging from class 2 through 4.

One stretch of canyon contains over 30 rapids, which some have compared to some of the best whitewater rapids in America. This river should be reserved for experience canoeists only. Those who take it on will be rewarded with plentiful wildlife such as moose, bear, and bald eagles for a perfect Canada canoe trip.
About the Author
Black Feather Wilderness Adventure Company (http://www.blackfeather.com) offers a variety of Canada canoe trips for a vacation you won't soon forget. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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