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Looking for the best places to Rec Kayak in and around Big Valley? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Rec Kayak in and around Big Valley.

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Diverse is how we would best describe the paddling in this mountain/prairie province. In the west of the province runs are characterized by beautiful backdrops, continuous rivers and cold water. Everything from mellow multi day floats in national parks to hairy class V creeking is available in the west. As you move further east the gradient drops but there are still plentiful paddling options for those looking to float mellow rivers in really unique surroundings. It is a huge province so don't neglect to look north and south too. A very worthwhile paddling destination in it's own right.

Area Sponsor

Aquabatics Calgary

Rec Kayak Trips or Routes

Big Valley

McKenzie Crossing to Bleriot Ferry
Red Deer River - A beautiful and relaxing 3-day float on May long weekend 2022. Appx 62km paddled between McKenzie Crossing and Bleriot Ferry. Beginner friendly and family friendly as well. Small class 1 rapids and some rock dodging required in sections. Strong headwinds common and very flat sections around Tolman bridge and Bleriot Ferry. Suitable for kayaking, canoeing or float rafting. Very popular with other groups so expect some competition for the best camp spots. Very slow and low flow that weekend, kissing the bottom in the shallows in several spots. Variety of random camping spots available on the shores and low bluffs above the river. Route travels through private grazing/ranching and farmland as well as Dry Island buffalo jump provincial site (no random camping in the provincial park).

Resources

Lynch Ranch Canoe Rentals & Shuttle Services

403-358-6811

Trochu

Local Paddling Clubs

Paddle Junkies

whitewater kayaking club focused on bridging the gap for adult beginner, novice and intermediate kayaking in Calgary and surrounding area