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Canoe to Chutes Waber

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It was another day of rain as we rented a canoe and took off to find the Chutes Waber. We were only allowed two paddles, so dad sat in the middle and relaxed as mom and I struggled away. Dad was in charge of photos as we pulled him over a beaver dam and waded through a stream that was not deep enough for our heavy canoe. I imagined I was a trapper with beaver pelts bringing them to the local trader shack or maybe the Hudson's Bay Company. That made all the paddling a lot more bearable.


After landing on shore, there was a pretty long hike to get to the waterfall.

All the good picnic spots were taken, so we balanced our food as best we could on the rocks. The water was freezing cold, but I tried to get a massage under the rushing water anyway. It didn't last too long. When I tried to climb out the rocks were so slippery I was trapped for a while in a small pool, taking two steps back every time I tried to take one. I eventually made it out.


On our way back to the canoe, it started pouring once again. I had a cheap plastic poncho in my bag and it didn't do much to keep the rain off. We came to the end of the trail but didn't see our canoes. They were a quarter of the way around the lake! Agh! So we had to backtrack and find another trail going to our canoe.

On the way back the wind was against us and the lightning in the sky was constant. We hurried back to the canoe rental place. Everyone else had the same idea and there was a massive canoe traffic jam in that beaver dam stream. Young children were losing control of their boats and smashing into us all over the place. It was pretty insane.


We made it back alright and tried to dry off back at the campsite in their beautiful communal picnic area/washroom building.

Posted by baixing 10:10 Archived in Canada

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