Trail Cafe: Trip report - Kananaskis Widowmaker to end of race course


Title: Kananaskis Widowmaker to end of race course
Trip type: canoeing
Summary: The Kananaskis river from the Widow maker to and including the kayak course. This is after extra features have been added in 2006, however they are still changing.
Author: Myrl Tanton
Date of Trip: April, 2006
Country: Canada
Province: Alberta
County/City/national park/etc: Kananaskis
Location Route: Kananaskis River
Distance: 3.7 km (including race course is 0.5km)
Weather Conditions:15 Deg C, Water cold few degrees above freezing
Directions to Set in or Trail head: West from Calgary to Hwy 40 (45mins), south on Hwy 40, turn off at the sign to the widomaker (just after the K-country info center)
Directions to Set in or Trail head: Take out at canoe medows. you passed it getting to the put in, about 3km back
Partners: Jan T; Russ B; B.K.; Tyson G.
Group experience level: Strong Intermediate/Advanced kayakers, plus me.
Author's Experience level: Intermediate Canoest (so my ego says)
riverGrade:Grade II+ - Intermediate with higher rapids
Boat Type Used:Huron Cruiser Strip Canoe - ala Ted Moores' book Canoe Craft. Everyone else in WW kayaks.
Authors Trip Rating:Good early escape from work trip.
Trip's Good Points:Fairly close to calgary, controlled water flow, River maintained with man made features


Looking upstream from just above the Widow maker.

River just before it turns the corner, and becomes the Widow maker.

January's first ever seal launch. I'm not calling her Jam'in Jan anymore.

The Widow Maker

Swirl below Widow maker.

Russ coming down over the widow maker

Russ Playing in Hollywood hole

Looking down stream from Hollywood Hole

Looking back upstream at the river left side of the rock just below from Hollywood hole

Lookin upstream from Bill

Looking down stream towards

Russ Running Santa Clause (2006 post improvments)

Jan Playing in Pt. Break

Jan running Santa's Little helper (pre wave improvement)

Looking back at Santa's little helper, and Santa Clause (post wave improvement)

Just below Santa's Helper

Tyson just above the new wave.

Myrl Canoing past the Blue Tongue

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Content Copyright Myrl Tanton 2005

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