First of all Happy Earth day! I hope you are making time in your day to enjoy the outdoors whether that is on a river or elsewhere. I personally am on-call and confined to the city and hence the time for a blog post.
I have wanted to write a post about singleblading, canoeing, open-boating, for quite some time. I intentionally named the website “PaddlingABC” and not “KayakingABC” or “CanoeingABC” because the most important thing to me is to promote individuals enjoying rivers and the outdoors in general. I could care less if someone prefers one blade or two. I am certain that if I were to tally the number of days I have spent on the water my time in a canoe would far exceed my time in a kayak. Nonetheless I recognize that there is a slant in PaddlingABC towards kayak friendly rivers. The only reason for this is that I do not own a canoe here in Alberta and consequently have become more connected to the kayaking community. A canoe was simply too big for my small car, too hard to move around, and cold (I know, dry suits, but for an Ontario boy out west the rivers were FREEZING!). I am looking forward to the day when I have an Esquif Canyon sitting in the garage beside my creek boat! Read more for some trip ideas and a video of full on single blading!
All of this to say that canoeing is just as important if not more important to me than kayaking. With this in mind I spent some time updating PaddlingABC to reflect the rivers I have canoed in Alberta. Here are the some new and old entries that might be interesting to a canoeist:
If you are in doubt about what can be accomplished with one blade and an open boat then check this amazing footage of what singlebladers are doing today, bigger drops and more technical lines than what I would run in my kayak!