Carol and Glenn made it to Saskatchewan last week! They are very excited with all the progress they have made so far! It took them 41 days to go through British Columbia and only 16 days to go through Alberta! They are very curious as to how many days they will be spending in Saskatchewan!
Above is a picture of Glenn on the South Saskatchewan River from where the river starts at the basin of the Old Man River and the Bow River. It is 320 km of remote wilderness with the exception of Medicine Hat. Most of this land has been designated Wilderness Area for the past 40 years. Carol and Glenn had the privilege of seeing antelope, mule, deer, a bull moose with her calf and hearing coyotes howling at night time.
Carol and Glenn were paddling through the Badlands last week! The Fur Traders called this section of the South Saskatchewan River and Bow River the, “Bad River.”
The winds are very strong in this specific area of the river along with violent thunderstorms! Also, they were fortunate to be paddling through this area now as the water is high. But each day they notice the water is getting lower!
All together the South Saskatchewan River is 1,392 km long! They have been enjoying their time on this River and sometimes feel like they are going in circles as it is very curvy! However, they are passing some beautiful landscapes and land-formations such as these coulees below.
Keep on Paddling!
Carol and Glenn are almost out of Alberta and into Saskatchewan. They are happily paddling down the South Saskatchewan River and are quite enjoying the astonishing geology of their surroundings! Also, they are finding many interesting fossils along the way! Quite different from what they are used to seeing in Ontario!
A few days ago they found a great campsite just before Medicine Hat, Alberta, under a massive Cottonwood tree! The river is lined with these trees and are an excellent source of shade!
In the picture below, Carol is enjoying her breakfast of oatmeal, prunes and flax seed under a beautiful Cottonwood tree. An excellent place to put your feet out and relax before a busy day of paddling down the South Saskatchewan River.
Keep on Paddling!
Carol and Glenn are very happy to be back on the water for a long period of time! They started their journey a few days ago on the Old Man River in Alberta. The river is full of roll-away rapids and has a very strong current which is helping them gain some serious distance, with a bit of much needed relaxation!
While paddling down the Old Man River they happened to pass by a pod of Pelicans! Something they were very surprised to see in Alberta and astonished by their beauty and presence.
The Old Man River has also provided them with a few challenges! They had to portage around a weir which is a low dam built across a river to raise the level of water upstream and regulates its flow. They had to make their way through long grass and barbed wire fence. However, they are fully immersed back in nature with no people or traffic noises! Which is just where they want to be!
On Saturday they had quite the rain storm and are now drying all of their things out! Carol and Glenn are now in Lethbridge, Alberta re-stalking a few supplies and gearing up for the rest of the Old Man River!
Keep on Paddling!
After a lot of walking, biking and canoeing Carol and Glenn have finally made it to Alberta!
Just before they reached Alberta they spent a night camping out in a ditch as it was the only place to set up camp.
They were just finishing up supper when a pickup truck came a long with a couple looking for rocks for their garden! They all started to chat and Glenn helped them put rocks in their truck. The couple offered to take them on an extensive tour of Fernie B.C. Just another example of how friendly people have been along the way!
The last few days reaching the Alberta border were a combination of walking and canoeing! They had a record 29 km walking day! Good thing there are beautiful views a long the way!
Carol and Glenn will soon be back on the water full time heading down many kilometers on the Old Man River!
Keep on Paddling!
This past week Carol and Glenn completed a 146 km portage with a 15 km paddle on Lake Moyie to break things up! All with a 110 kg canoe! Good thing they have a canoe cart to help them pull and push everything!
They started this grueling but rewarding trek in Kuskanook B.C and finished in Fort Steele B.C. And are finally going to start paddling again in the Kootenay River for a good stretch! They have also made it to the Rockies!
Along their portage they had a lot of fun adventures! And spent a night across from the Kokanee Beer Factory in Creston. Glenn even made a new friend!
People have been extremely friendly as they go along offering them fresh fruit, meals, a ride (which they had to decline) and river advice for their upcoming paddling adventures down the Kookenay River!
Keep up the good work paddlers!
Carol and Glenn are feeling very motivated and appreciative! They just found out some extremely exciting news! The estate of Larry Gibson will match all donations in June!
Philanthropist Larry Gibson gave generous donations to many organizations that were close to his heart right to the very end. His legacy now carries on to charities like Loving Spoonful who continue to benefit from his kindness.
Also, Carol and Glenn were interviewed by the Nelson Star a few days ago! Check out the article that was written about them below!
VIDEO: Couple paddling across Canada for food security
If you would like to support Carol and Glenn on their amazing journey just click on the link below! Any donation is welcomed with love and appreciation as Loving Spoonful is very close to Glenn and Carol’s hearts.
Carol and Glenn have been very happy to be back in their canoes this past week! They have been making excellent progress down the Kootenay River and well into Kootenay Lake! They will be in the Rockies very soon! If you look very closely there is an Osprey nest on top of the bridge!
They have had some very early morning departures to get ahead start of the wind. But it also allows for some spectacular morning sun rises and calmness to reflect on the day ahead.
But they always make time to sit back, relax and enjoy the views and accomplishments of the day!
Carol and Glenn are continuing to find great camp sites, meeting amazing people and learning so much more about their very own country!
Keep on paddling!
After only 3 weeks of canoeing and biking Carol and Glenn have already covered almost 700 km!
The last few days of their biking adventure included a bit of walking as the the roads were steep and the trail was full of gravel in some parts! But they still had smiles on their faces as they reached the end of their biking!
They had quite the adventure biking through Bulldog Tunnel which was 1 km in length! They had to get out their head lamps to see through most of it and got treated to a cold shower as well!
Along the way they experienced some very remote places and enjoyed the silence that was around them! They even had a Llama try to get into their backpack!
They finally arrived in Castlegar B.C. yesterday morning where they will head back to Hope B.C. to pick up their canoe and start paddling again once they arrive back in Castlegar B.C.!
Taking a break at Christina Lake to enjoy the scenery!
Last week Carol and Glenn spent a few days biking on HWY 3 from Hope to Princeton B.C. They had to bike on the road as the trails were washed out from early spring run off. They definitely had their challenges biking up some very steep hills!
But after a few very intense road biking days Carol and Glenn connected with the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail. The KVR trail is the longest railway trail in B.C. It used to be a comprehensive railroad system but now the tracks are used as an extensive recreational trail providing almost 650 km of connected pathways from Hope B.C. to Castlegar B.C. For more information on the KVR trail check out this link! http://bcrailtrails.com/
They had a few very special visitors show up as they were biking along!
And this is just the beginning! They will see many more bears a long the way!
The last few days have been spent biking on the KVR trail and they have had a few challenges biking through loose gravel and some sandy parts! But the weather and views have been incredible and they are enjoying every moment!
Keep on biking!!!
Carol and Glenn spent a lot of time planning and mapping out the route before they left on the second part of their trip from Vancouver to Ottawa! They had a few different options to get across British Columbia but each option left them with hundreds of kilometers to portage!
Then they had this wonderful idea to mix things up and bike across British Columbia along the Trans Canada Trail! They will experience biking through areas such as the Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Kootenay and the Rockies. Tomorrow they will start their biking adventure from Hope BC!
Watch closely for more biking and camping pictures as they make their way through beautiful British Columbia!