Carol and Glenn are very excited to be in Manitoba already! They are almost finished paddling the Saskatchewan River and will be heading into Lake Winnipeg very shortly! Below is a picture of a map to show just how intricate and maze like the Saskatchewan River is. They had to watch very carefully where the main current of the river flowed and used a GPS to guide them through the most challenging parts. As the main waterway splits into many branches and arteries.
Carol and Glenn are very happy to be finished with the Saskatchewan River. Below is a picture of the Saskatchewan River Delta by Basia Irland, National Geographic. This section of the river has the largest fresh water delta in North America. This particular area covers 10,000 square km!
The Saskatchewan River Delta is a sensitive area that plays an important role for the Metis and Cree First Nations and other communities in the area. It is also one of the oldest and most important historic Hudson Bay Fur Trading post communities in Western Canada. Carol and Glenn were able to find a beautiful camp site in the delta.
But they had to get into their tent pretty quick as the mosquitoes have been very intense!
That night they had a special visitor, a coyote. The coyote approached their tent and barked and howled at them for 5 minutes before swimming back to the mainland. The coyote was more than likely protecting her young as they are often quite timid and quiet. Below is another picture on the Saskatchewan River Delta with a storm rolling in!
In a few days, Carol and Glenn will take on Lake Winnipeg which can be unpredictable in terms of wind, current and shallow waters so they may need to do some paddling at night! They predict they will be on this lake anywhere from 3-6 weeks!
Keep on Paddling!