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The Great Assiniboine River Canoeing Adventure

river trip

Slathering on sunscreen and getting on our life jackets for the journey

On Saturday we went on a canoeing adventure with our friends Ed and Millie, paddling the Assiniboine River from Ed and Millie’s home near the perimeter highway in St. James all the way down to the dock at the end of the block where our home is located in the downtown Exchange District of Winnipeg.   

ed and dave put the canoes in the river

Ready for launch

Ed parked his van in our garage around noon and then we drove to Ed and Millie’s where Dave and Ed put our canoes into the water.  We decided to paddle the Mennonite way – men in one canoe and women in the other.  

millie paddling

Millie did a great job of steering our canoe and adjusting to my sometimes less than stellar and steady  paddling skills

The more experienced paddlers the Hildebrands provided the steering in the back of the canoes and we Driedgers sat in front. marylou paddlerIt was neat to view the city from the river perspective especially all the grand homes along the banks.  We saw deer and pelicans and herons and signs of beavers at work.  People were so friendly- saying hello, reminding us to drink water, commenting on our paddling strokes, waving and shouting greetings to us from bridges.  along the assiniboineDuring the first half of our journey the river was very shallow and we went aground a couple of times on sandbars that extended on for quite a distance.  canoeingAt one point when Millie and I couldn’t seem to free ourselves from a sandbar a kindly gentleman who lived along the water donned his hip waders and came out to help us, showing us the channel of deeper water where we could get through.  lunch omand's parkWe stopped for lunch at Omands Creek Park.  Millie had made delicious cheese and vegetable biscuits and brought along some of her homemade spicy pickles from this year’s batch. Mostly though we just drank and drank- plenty of water and a little beer.  I hadn’t brought along a water bottle which was silly and I was actually a mite dizzy when we got out of the canoes at lunchtime. lunch timeIt was 36 degrees on Saturday but during most of our journey we had a little bit of a breeze to cool us. For the second half of our paddle the river was much deeper, but the current was a little harder to navigate and we encountered some larger boats that created waves for our canoes. along the riverThe distance from Ed and Millie’s house to ours is 15 kilometers as the crow flies so I am thinking we probably paddled at least 20 or more kilometers along our winding river route. loading up the canoesOnce we reached the dock on Waterfront Drive we loaded up the canoes one by one and returned them and then we went back to Ed and Millie’s.  dipping in the assiniboineDave and Ed took a dip in the Assiniboine to refresh themselves.  hildebrandts back yardThen we had appetizers and drinks down by the river in Ed and Millie’s lush and lovely back yard.  dinner on the riverA marvelous meal of barbecued pork, kale salad and fresh garden vegetables followed and it was dark before we headed inside for a piece of Millie’s delicious homemade apple pie and ice-cream and a last glass of wine.  

It was easy to fall asleep Saturday night.  We’d had lots of exercise and fresh air, lively and interesting conversation, excellent food and a great time with good friends. 

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River Boat Tour- Red and Assiniboine Winnipeg

When our friends from Hong Kong John and Sandy were visiting last week I took them on a boat tour down the Assiniboine and the Red River here in Winnipeg. 

 

Our driver Ian was very friendly and shared lots of information about the sites we saw as we drove along. 

 

A family of Canada geese followed along behind us. Canada geese may seem ordinary to us but they were of great interest to John and Sandy who come from Australia and teach in Hong Kong. Neither Australia or Hong Kong have Canada geese. 

 

Ian gave a little safety talk before the tour began and told us how to use the provided life jackets. Although the river was flowing quite swiftly it is very low this year. The river walkways are actually open while last year they were under water. 

 

Ian showed us the colorful marks on the bridge pillars that illustrate the various heights of the river in certain years. The red line was where the river was during the great floods of 1950 and 1997. Much of the city was saved from flooding in 1997 because of the Winnipeg Floodway which was built in the late 1960’s at the insistence of Manitoba’s premier Duff Roblin. 

Ian pointed out many interesting sites as we motored along. I had seen all these landmarks, but it is different to view them from the river.  We saw………….

the Manitoba Legislative Building with the Golden Boy atop its peak 

 

the uniquely designed Provencher Bridge

 

the new Human Rights Museum currently under construction

 

the historic St. Boniface Cathedral

 the statue of Louis Riel the founder of Manitoba

the Alexander Docks 

the old Eatons Warehouse

the toboggan slide used for Winnipeg’s annual Festival du Voyageur and 

many trees whose root system had been eroded by the river water

 

There was a little girl on board with us and she was thrilled when Ian let her drive the boat for a few minutes. 

 

Before we knew it we were back at the Johnson Terminal at The Forks.  The boat is a great way to see Winnipeg from a river point of view. I’m glad I took my guests on the trip. 

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